The Hollings Center supported a photography competition and two exhibitions held in Lahore, Pakistan and Kabul, Afghanistan, entitled Amazing Pakistan : Amazing Afghanistan, through a grant received by the United States Embassy Kabul. The project, created and organized by The Media Foundation in Pakistan and NAI Supporting Open Media in Afghanistan, aimed to build trust, mutual respect, and to promote commonalities between Pakistan and Afghanistan through the medium of photography.
Photographers and photojournalists from both countries were invited to submit photos related to cultural heritage, historical monuments, social activities, traditional dances, music, nature and sports activities. 110 photographers from Pakistan and 51 from Afghanistan submitted 805 photos. The Amazing Pakistan, Amazing Afghanistan project was a collaborative effort to use photography to build bridges between two countries with a long-shared history. Photographers from all corners of Afghanistan and Pakistan participated in the competition. The Hollings Center, together with the organizing partners, hopes to hold exhibitions in other cities in the near future.