Word in Motion


Words In Motion

Beyond the Lens is a photography and filmmaking project which uses digital media content to create social impact. It was launched in 2019 using the Sea Lots Police Youth Club under a project called “See Lots of Imagery” and coined after its facilitator Dr Leniqueca Welcome. The spirit of this project is to use digital media content to create social impact.

Under the Patronage of Dr Leniqueca Welcome and Tracy Farrag Beyond the Lens in partnership with NALIS, will launch its inaugural Challenges:

  • ROOTStories – Photography Challenge of creating a Newspaper Front-Page Photo-Story Headline
  • Words in Motion – Filmmaking Challenge of producing Spoken Word Poetry Videos. 

“Spoken word poetry gives voice to the youth. And when combined with film, it compels us to deeper understanding. Have people see your most authentic selves through FILM by going Beyond the Lens.”

Enter ROOTStories Challenge To Win

  • Scholarship > Certificate in Photography and Video from a reputable tertiary institution in Trinidad and Tobago.
  • Mentorship > Practical Mentoring experience of the knowledge and techniques of digital media from a reputable Caribbean-based non-profit organization.
  • Job Shadowing and Internship > three-months job-shadowing with ROOTS Foundation’s media partners with the prospects of a two-year internship through the On-the-Job Training, Ministry of Labour at a reputable media organization in Trinidad and Tobago.
  • Public Recognition > The winners of ROOTStories will have their winning submission featured in one of the local daily newspapers and the winners of Words in Motion will have their winning submission featured on one of the local television stations.
  • Cash Prize (per category) > 1st place: $5,000.00; 2nd place: $4,000.00; 3rd place: $3,000.00; and People’s Choice: $2,000.00.

Beyond The Lens Timeline

  • Preliminaries will be submitted by World Poetry Day (Mar 21)
  • Semi Finalist will be announced on World Press Freedom Day (May 3)
  • Public Display of Finalists will be held during Cascadoo CNVI Festival of Spoken Word (July & Aug)
  • Winners will be announced to culminate World Press Day ( Oct 9)

“We must come out of this world and bring a radically new one into being where all life is seen as unconditionally precious. Let your PHOTOS go Beyond the Lens.”

Dr. Leniqueca Welcome