Skateistan wins "Image of the Year"

Skateistan is honoured to announce that one of our photos has been voted Peace and Sport "Image of the Year". The photo was taken by Jake Simkin on June 21 2011, during Go Skateboarding Day in Kabul. It shows just a few of the 200+ Afghan girls and boys who marked that day by taking to the city streets to celebrate their sport, their culture, and their future.

According to Peace and Sport, over 5,000 people voted to elect the winning image, which got nearly 60% of the votes. Joel Bouzou, President and Founder of Peace and Sport, announced: "This picture is particularly outstanding. It tells us better than a thousand words that sport is a universal language understood by children around the world, capable of building bridges for understanding and friendship between peoples..." He stated that this photo shows how skateboarding, "acts as a genuine vehicle for peace education, as well as encouraging gender equality and inter-cultural understanding in Afghanistan.”

Skateistan has celebrated Go Skateboarding Day, an annual day of skateboarding established by the International Association of Skateboarding Companies (IASC), for the past three years. It is always an intensely energetic and high spirited event that these young skaters make their own by taking part in traditional dress and dancing to the beat of tabla drums after skating the streets. To see more from that day, watch our highlights video, and please leave a comment or share it with your friends.

A huge thanks to all who voted and to Peace and Sport. Also, a big shout-out to our friends at Surfing 4 Peace in Gaza, whose image was also nominated. The award will be presented during the 5th Peace and Sport International Forum, on 27 October in Monaco, where 500 international leaders from the worlds of sport and peace will be in attendance.