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Target: 1,000 Cranes photo competition

Win a Nikon Digital SLR camera & support Red Cross to ban the use of nuclear weapons.

Monday October 24, 2011

Entrants are asked to fold one or more paper cranes and then photograph them in a creative way.

Australian Red Cross has launched a photography competition - inspired by the story of a young girl who died as a result of the bombing of Hiroshima - as part of a campaign calling for a ban on the use of nuclear weapons.

Entrants are asked to fold one or more paper cranes - folding instructions are on the Australian Red Cross website - and then photograph their crane(s) in a creative way. The person whose photo is judged the most inspirational will win a Nikon digital SLR camera and lens valued at almost $1,000. As well an iPod shuffle will be awarded to a weekly winner during the four weeks the competition is running. Photos can be emailed to and the competition closes on 18 November 2011.

The competition is inspired by the story of a young Japanese girl who survived the bombing of Hiroshima but later died of leukaemia caused by radiation. Before her death Sadako Sasaki set about folding one thousand paper cranes - an ancient Japanese story said anyone who did so would be granted a wish. It is said Sadako folded 644 cranes before she died, and that her friends and family folded the remaining cranes, which were buried with her. A statute of Sadako sits in the Hiroshima Peace Park.

'Nuclear weapons don't discriminate and a nuclear war would have catastrophic humanitarian and environmental consequences, which would span generations. A nuclear explosion could kill tens of millions of people in a matter of days,' said Australian Red Cross Project Officer Andrew Bell. 'There are roughly 20,000 nuclear weapons in existence in the world today, around 3,000 of them on a launch ready alert, and there's no specific law or treaty out there that bans their use.

'The competition is a chance for people, young people especially, to take part in a campaign seeking global change. We are hoping to get a thousand cranes sent to us, by the time the competition ends - to symbolise Sadako Saski's one thousand cranes,' said Mr Bell.

Along with the main prizes the first 20 schools to send in 50 actual cranes or more will win a prize. The competition is organised by Australian Red Cross' youth volunteer network, entries will go up online. Australian Red Cross is also urging people to take part in the campaign through an online referendum on its Facebook page.

Throwing their support behind the Make Nuclear Weapons the Target campaign are Australian celebs like Ruby Rose, Ash Grunwald, Mike Fanning and Blue King Brown. Also backing us is Yami Lester, a survivor of the British Government's nuclear weapons testing in South Australia in the 1950s, and Junko Morimoto, a Hiroshima survivor now living in Australia. Yami and Junko were both children when they were caught up in a nuclear detonation.

For media enquiries or to arrange interviews email Red Cross media adviser Kim Batchelor or phone 0457 542 113.