Emancipation Exhibition Competition

GIS:-CDF Issues Call to Artists.

The Cultural Development Foundation has issued an open call to visual artists to participate in a photography competition.

Selected pieces will be displayed at the annual emancipation exhibition.

This year, the focus is on photography. The entries must be based on this year’s theme for emancipation. Four of the best entries will be showcased in an exhibition in the north of the island.

Entry Requirements

Entrants must submit five photos based on the 2017 theme for emancipation: Plantations by the Sea: Tourism, Politics and Economic Freedom. (The theme is based on the excerpt “These New Plantations by the Sea” from Derek Walcott’s White Egrets, 2010).

Digital entries must be sent to the CDF via email (info@cdfstlucia.org) or brought in on USB drive and must be in jpg, jpeg or tiff format, minimum 300 dpi.

Entrants must be Saint Lucian nationals or residents of Saint Lucia.

The work must be original and should not have been previously published.

All five photos: digital and or hard copies must be sent and or brought in to CDF by the July 19.

All hard copies of photos must be framed to a finished dimension of “16×9.”

A registration fee of $20.00 EC is to be paid at the Cultural Development Foundation

Judging Criteria

Technical Skill/ composition/ use of light/ Background – 40 points

Interpretation of theme – 50 points

Originality – 30 points

Quality of photo – 40 points

Colour and Creativity -30 points

Impact /on page and on screen – 40 points

Creation of a story- 30 points

The four selected entries will receive cash and prizes. The first place winner will receive $1000, the second place winner $500, the third place winner $400, and the fourth place winner $300. Registration forms can be downloaded from the CDF website (www.cdfstlucia.org) and the Facebook page (www.facebook.com/Cultural.Development.Foundation). All forms must be brought to the Cultural Development Foundation at Bernard’s Hill Castries to complete the registration process.


  1. Anonymous
    June 26, 2017 at 9:58 am

    Is CDF making a political statement by choosing this theme? Chastanet will fire somebody at CDF for this given his pro-tourism/anti-conservation stance.

    The name of the poem is The Acacia Trees and the ‘complete’ excerpt is;
    …………………………The new makers
    of our history profit without guilt
    and are, in fact, prophets of a policy
    that will make the island a mall, and the breakers
    grin like waiters, like taxi drivers, these new plantations
    by the sea; a slavery without chains, with no blood spilt-
    just chain link fences and signs, the new degradations.