16 June 2019
Winners of Photo Contest on Traditional Events of National Races were awarded at a ceremony in Yangon on Sunday.
Union Minister for Information Dr. Pe Myint attended the awarding ceremony and gave an opening speech.
The contest is held to discover and preserve the traditions and customs of Myanmar ethnic groups. It was organized by Information and Public Relations Department (IPRD) under the Ministry of Information.
The submission for the contest was opened for one month from April to May of this year. There was no limit on number of photos to be submitted but only 10x14 inches size was allowed. 729 photos were submitted by 206 photographers across the country.
A 9-member judging panel made up of the officials from IPRD and experts from Myanmar Photographers Association assessed the photos.
Judge, Htin Linn said “We discarded photos that don’t fit the theme. The first prize winning photo is very good. It was taken from a high level angle and shown in a circle against the light with the use of super wide lens. A contest like this helps amateur photographer to build their skills. These photos will be preserved as a historical milestones that can never be changed.”
A total of 8 prizes were awarded - first, second, third and 5 consolation prizes. The first prize winning photo is about traditional New Year celebration of Man Zi people who live near Naung Cho of Shan state.
First Prize Winner, Wunna (Mann Tatkatho) said “I usually take photos about traditional festivals and activities. The first prize winning photo is one of them. I submitted 13 photos of mine as soon as I heard about the contest. I didn’t participate in the contest for the prize money. It is all about the feeling of being competitive and getting exposed to the public.”
Consolation Prize Winner, Sai Thu (Taunggyi) said “I’ve been in multiple contests held by the Ministry of Information as well as Mandalay and Shan Photographers Associations. My photo displays the traditional rowing race held in Innlay. I took it difficultly from a higher place. This is not about the prize money. I just wanted to get a State-level award.”
The contest is held twice a year annually. The award winning photos will be maintained as a record by the Department, and some will be used in different occasions organized by the respective States and Ministries.
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