URBAGRI4WOMEN Photo contest: “Food that tells stories” in Larissa!

Creativity is one of the most important expression methods, as it provides us with the opportunity to convey emotions, experiences, and memories in a direct way, without the need for verbal communication. This is why it is important to present everyone, regardless of age and sex, with opportunities to express themselves through it, so as more and more individuals follow and listen to their creative dispositions and use them as means of communication, thus eliminating the barrier of language.

With that in mind and in order to promote creative expression, in the framework of the project  “URBAGRI4WOMEN – Innovative practices and urban initiatives in the field of agriculture to promote integration of migrant women into the host society” which is co-funded by the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund of the European Union, the Institute of Entrepreneurship Development carried out a Photo Contest with the topic “Food that tells stories”, simultaneously with all partner countries. The participating migrant women would have to take a picture related to food, meal preparation, favorite disk or ingredient and provide a small explanation of their choice.

IED conducted the contest in collaboration with the Danish Refugee Council (DRC), an NGO working with refugees and migrants at the camps of Koutsochero and Volos. The topic of the contest peaked the interest of the women there and gave them the incentive to create both from a culinary and photographic aspect!

Have a look at the participating photos…


“Fried Kebba is an oriental Middle Eastern dish, well-known in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine and Iraq. The way it is prepared in each of these countries differs slightly, and so does its shape and taste, but it remains a valuable delicious item on the Middle Eastern food table.” -- Almaz, Syria

“The photos show traditional Kurdish food and dessert, that I continue to make here in Greece because my family loves it and it reminds us of home.” -- Barez, Iraq

“I have a big family so every time I need to prepare loads of food for them; this in one of my favorites.” -- Chiman, Iraq

“After our wedding, we prepared this meal and invited our parents over, as a thank for everything they have done for us up until today.” -- Dilveen, Iraq

“This is a dessert that my husband prepared for me” -- Hala, Syria

“I wanted to participate in the contest with this meal because it is my favorite!” -- Hala, Iraq

“This picture shows one of my favorite dishes which I made and offered to my neighbors” -- Lmeea, Syria

And the winner was…

“Lehm Be-ajien (meat-dough) is made of flour, minced meat, tomato, parsley, onions, garlic, spices, tomato sauce, red pepper paste, and is usually served in special occasions.” — Roula, Syria

On October 19th, we had a small award ceremony in order to announce the winner, thank the participants and give out their gifts; some useful tools for their kitchen and some URBAGRI4WOMEN souvenirs. It was like a small celebration of creativity and cooking to top off this photo contest!


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Anna Koronioti
Scientific Coordinator

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