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Vietnamese and Chinese photographers win global photo contest on rice
Selected among 500 submissions - contest highlights importance of rice
23 September 2004, Rome -- A Vietnamese and a Chinese photographer have won the International Year of Rice (IYR) global photography contest launched by FAO.

Vu Nguyen, professional photographer, and Liu Meizi Ninon, amateur photographer, were selected from approximately 500 entries.

The prize, a Nikon digital camera, will be presented on the occasion of World Food Day 2004 at a ceremony that will take place on 14 October 2004 at FAO headquarters.

As 2004 is the International Year of Rice, professional and amateur photographers were invited to capture the "Rice is Life" theme in photographs illustrating the rich diversity of regions, people and resources linked to this internationally vital food source.

The competition was open to professional and amateur photographers. Both color and black-and-white photos could be submitted. The IYR theme, "Rice is Life", highlights the vital importance of rice to world agriculture, food security, livelihood and culture.

The Selection Committee of eight panellists included the Chairman, five professionals working in the field of photography and two senior members of the Informal International Year of Rice Working Group.

The best works sent to the IYR Global Photography Contest "Rice is Life" will be displayed later this fall in an exhibit in Rome supported by Durst Phototechnik AG.

Nital S.p.A, the exclusive distributor of Nikon products in Italy, contributed to the IYR initiative by sponsoring the contest and providing winners with Nikon products.

Professional Photographers Category:
1st Prize: Vu Nguyen (Viet Nam)
2nd Prize: Alessandro Tosatto (Italy)
3rd Prize: Ko Zin Min (Myanmar)

Amateur Photographers Category:
1st Prize: Liu Meizi Ninon (China)
2nd Prize: Chang Ching-Weng (China)
3rd Prize: Md Rashid Un Nabi (Bangladesh)


Contact:
International Year of Rice Secretariat
Global Photography Contest
IYR-Global-Photography-Contest@fao.org
(+39) 06 570 55133


Contact:

International Year of Rice Secretariat
Global Photography Contest
IYR-Global-Photography-Contest@fao.org
(+39) 06 570 55133

Vu Nguyen

Vu Nguyen, winner of first prize in the professional photographers category

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