Issue 9 - 1 October 2012 enews home

Photo in running for human rights prize

"Shall we let them in" ... a metaphoric observation of the asylum seeker issue, by Patrick Nelson

A concept photo by a Charles Darwin University staff member has been shortlisted in a competition by the Australian Human Rights Commission.

The image "Shall we let them in" takes a birds-eye view of the Australian continent and depicts ants approaching the coast, with the ants representing asylum seeker boats.

The photo was taken by CDU's Alice Springs-based public relations officer and member of the Office of Media, Advancement and Community Engagement Patrick Nelson, who described the image as a metaphoric observation about the complex asylum seeker issue that features regularly in Australian public debate.

"It's about stimulating resolutions to questions such as who and how many should we let in, where should they be housed during processing, why such lengthy delays, what happens post-decision, and what's the right thing to do?," Mr Nelson said.

"The Australian Government has responded with the introduction of an offshore processing policy since I took the photo in April."

Mr Nelson said he took the image in the backyard using a piece of polystyrene into which he depressed a map of Australia.

"I filled it with honey, then placed it beside an ant's nest," he said.

The competition explores the broad theme of human rights and runs until November. An overall winner will be selected at the end of the year from each of the monthly winners.

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