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Cuban Railway Heritage in the Spotlight of a Comprehensive Competition

Published: 2021.07.27 - 11:02:55  /  miguel.dario@icrt.cu  /  Miguel Darío García Porto

Cuban Railway Heritage in the Spotlight of a Comprehensive Competition

The contest Patrimonio Histórico Ferroviario 2021 invites us to delve into the history and development of the first railway in Cuba and Latin America, recognized as the seventh of its kind in the world. 

The contest, sponsored by the Cuban Railway Association (UFC in Spanish) and the Railway Museum, aims to promote the study, rescue, knowledge, and preservation of Cuba's historical railway heritage and its call covers two modalities: historical research and digital photography. 

According to a press release issued by the organizers, in the case of Historical Research, the subject matter is free, as long as it covers any aspect related to Cuban railway history and heritage, with topics such as local, regional, or corporate railway history; heritage rescue; economic history; biographies; tracks, bridges, and stations; history of technology (locomotives, wagons, cranes, etc.); history of the sugar and mining railways; trams, among others. 

Although the rules state that there is no limit to the length of the presentation, it is specified that it must be presented digitally, in Arial or Times New Roman typeface, double-spaced, in a letter or A4 format.  

In digital photography, the theme is also free, as long as it covers any aspect related to the Cuban railway (tracks, bridges, stations, locomotives, cars and carriages, workshops, crew, and passengers, etc.), with original photos presented by the author. 

They can compete in one of the following two levels: children (up to 15 years old) and free (young people over 15 years old and adults). 

Each contestant may send up to five photos of their authorship, never from files or downloaded from the internet. The photos must be submitted digitally, in free format, but with a resolution of at least 300 dpi. One prize and as many mentions as necessary will be awarded at each level. 

The jury will decide which photos will be exhibited digitally on social networks at a later date. Likewise, when conditions permit, a public exhibition will be held at the designated railway premises and the Cuban Railway Museum. 

Each work must be identified with the author's details: full name and two surnames, ID card number, home address, place of work or study, telephone number, and email or WhatsApp. 

The works will be received during working hours and days at the Ministry of Transport, the Union of Cuban Railways, and the railway companies of the West, Center, and East, as well as by emails: portal.ufc@ferronet.cu / ferrocarrilescuba2021@gmail.com/ yaima.hernandez@ferronet.cu / gemapl@sicen.ferronet.cu / pedro.salcedo@ferronet.cu / and suramis.borrero@ferronet.cu. 

The deadline for submission is 15 September and the results will be announced on 19 November 2021.



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