In preparation for the conference. Uh, we invited photographers to send us some, um, visual documentation of on the theme of empowering community through local economy. And we were so happy to receive so many beautiful photos from all over the world. Uh, Roshnii, from the assistance change Alliance team is going to present to you a short exhibit of the.
Representing the power of the local economies. So I'm giving the floor to you. Rachini
thank you for joining us and I'll mute you.
Okay. I think, I think I'm in here voice and all. Um, I have been, uh, told that my connection is unstable, so I hope that you can hear me. Okay. But, um, Carolina we'll share. The screen with the, with the photographs. So I'll just say a few words about this, uh, event that took place earlier this year, as Caroline introduced, um, in springtime, we invited photographers from around the world to submit images that illustrated.
Local economies in action, uh, in ways that empower local people and local communities. And, uh, excuse me, we were taken aback by the, the quantity of high quality imagery that came in from different corners of the world. And I think you will see from the photographs that we've received. Images from many different continents, uh, and above all, um, Asia and Europe and Africa.
Um, and it, I think what this challenge has illustrated for me personally, is that.
When we, you know, when we talk, when we say the word local economies, it can, it can sound like quite a dry topic for many people. Um, But when we actually see the, the imagery that represents these vibrant local economies from around the world, it can really touch us in ways that the, the, the typical terminology and vocabulary may not always do.
Although I think we can see that the localization movement is moving and changing and exciting ways all the time. So. I may eat my words, but just to say that it's, that what I, what has been central to the arts for systems change movement that we've created as a part of systems change Alliance is the way in which.
Images and words and music and dance and theater and all its different forms can, can touch people in this deep, heartfelt way that invites us to act from a deep, heartfelt place. And anyway, I'll let the images talk for themselves. At the end of the little exhibit, you will see the two runners up and the first prize winner who were selected by our guest judge, Kevin peer, who's a former national geographic filmmaker.
And, um, and they were chosen not only for that, um, factual representation, but also for that artistic merit and sorry. Excuse me. You'll see that. Yeah. The quality of the entries was, was very high and very, very touching. So I'll let Carolina, uh, share that. So the images, thank you.