The best video and poster submissions to our contest
We are happy to inform you that HCLU got a lot of excellent photo & video materials highlighting a diversity of important issues in a groundbreaking way. The jury had a difficult task to choose the best three videos and posters. It always makes me happy to select the best ones – and makes me upset to reject others. But those who did not win this time should not be upset: we will use all good materials we got sooner or later, they serve a good case!
However, we received a great number of posters & videos – some of them are very high quality – that did not fit for the purpose of our contest. Probably if we talk about drugs most people associate them with prevention: how to scare children not to use substances. Many people who did not read the contest announcement carefully sent us posters with a primary prevention message: “don’t take drugs”, “drugs are bad” etc. I don’t want to underestimate the value of drug prevention, but you have to understand that this contest was not about fear-based messages about the unintended harms of drugs – but about the unintended harms of drug policies.
|Unfortunately the jury could not consider those submissions that did not follow the contest rules. I would like to emphasize that this does not mean that we don’t acknowledge the artistic qualities of these pieces, but we launched this contest to gain materials for a public campaign, with a simple and straightforward message to people: the current policies do not work, we demand change.|
Let’s start with the videos!
1) Balázs Körmendi – Prohibition Does Not Work
2) Balázs Turai – Health Risk Assessment in D-Minor
3) Miha Ambroz – Handle with care
And here come the winners of the poster category!
1) Beáta Berki – What makes them different?
We selected this poster for the best poster submission because it touches a very sensitive issue in the heart of current drug control: why do we prohibit some drugs and why do we make legally available others? Why responsible pot smoking is a crime and moderate wine drinking a tolerable, if not supportable habit? What makes a pot smoker and a wine drinker different? Not the risks. Not the harms. But a law based on prejudice, not on evidence. This piece encourages people to rethink their discriminative attitudes to people who use illicit drugs.
2) Tamás Fogarasy – Drug Law Isolates
3) Tamás Kovács – I’m Not a Criminal
I always thought that the drug reform movement needs more ordinary, otherwise law-abiding people to come out from the closet and speak out against prohibition. This poster shows two young people to contrast stereotypes with reality.
Posted by Peter Sarosi