At the end of February 2021, I opened a Flickr account with the aim of sharing some of the images that we use in our online courses and further work towards the Extension School’s mission to educate the world. What I had in mind as a next step was to invite others to share theirs too, and together create a bank of photos visible to everyone and publicly searchable. And… I confess: it was also a semi-clandestine way of talking to TUD colleagues and students about Creative Commons licenses and correct attribution.
We Like Sharing is managed by myself at the Extension School for Continuing Education and contains images created by TUD staff and students, and sometimes their friends and families. Anyone can contribute; the only request for their photo to be uploaded to the repository is that they choose the CC license under which their picture is released –they retain copyright, not TUD, and decide what permissions they give to those who would like to reuse their images.
The photo bank was launched to coincide with Open Education Week 2021; to tell of its existence and invite contributions, we organized a competition –’submit a photo that illustrates your interpretation of open’.
At the ready, an international jury, all with a keen eye for photography: Willem van Valkenburg, Director of the Extension School and President of Open Education Global; Sukaina Walji, Acting Director, Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching, University of Cape Town (UCT); Noémi Nagy, Project Manager Educational Innovation, TUD; Alan Levine, Strategy and Engagement Director, Open Education Global, and Suzanne Ansems, postgraduate student in Biomedical Engineering, TUD.
We received 55 entries from 31 participants. Picking the winners was as difficult as it was enjoyable. Huge congratulations go to…
- Avanika Pradeep Yammiyavar, for Young Girl Smiling.
- Nathasja Croon, for Open or Closed.
- Thomas Bos, for Snowy Mountain Top.
- Sourav Mohapatra, for View from Table Mountain, and
- Azqa Nadeem, for Red Rose.
The following photos did not win but came very close and deserve a special mention:
- Tree against a red lit sky by Tao Chan
- Two blue chairs and a pink table by Wiebke Toussaint
- Open your eyes by Sourav Mohapatra
- Sky and sea by Francisco E. Correa Galdeano
Thank you to everyone who participated and everyone who has shared a photo in We Like Sharing. Your generosity helps make the web a better place.
Do you have an image you would like to contribute to We Like Sharing? Get in touch with us at sharingwelike[at]gmail.com