IYR Contests



"The purpose of art is to raise people to a higher level of awareness
than they would otherwise attain on their own."
- Brassaï
Entries for the IYR Global Photography Contest "Rice is Life" were officially closed as of 30 July 2004. We would like to thank all of those who contributed to the International Year of Rice 2004 mission by submitting a photograph. The response was extremely positive.

The competition, open to professional and amateur photographers in both color and black-and-white, focused on the theme of the International Year of Rice, "Rice is Life".

Contributions from photographers reflected on the vital importance of rice to world agriculture, food security, society and culture. The IYR Global photography Contest Selection Committee met on 15 September 2004 to review and evaluate the submissions received from 53 countries around the world. The short list of nominees and the winners of the contest have been selected.

The United Nations International Year of Rice Secretariat is proud to announce the winners and the short list of nominees for the IYR Global Photography Contest:


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

Short list of nominees:
Ms Alessandra Meniconzi (Switzerland)
Mr McLloyd T. Jumpay (Philippines)
Mr Luca Rinaldini (Italy)
Mr Jeffrey A. Austin (USA)
Mr Guo Jiasheng (China)
Ms Sharon Oliver (United Kingdom)
Mr Enrico Mascheroni (Italy)


1st Prize: Ms Meizi Ninon Liu (China)
2nd Prize: Mr. Chang Ching-Weng (China)
3rd prize: Mr. Md Rashid Un Nabi (Bangladesh)

Short list of nominees:
Ms Nathalie Dujardin (France)
Mr. Kyaw Swar Tun (Myanmar)
Ms Marie Guiot (France)
Mr Zhang Guoqing (China)
Mr Li Hecai (China)
Ms Jana Marsikova (Czech Republic)

* The photograph originally chosen as the winning photograph in the amateur category has been disqualified for failing to meet the requirements of the contest. We apologize for any confusion this may have caused.

FAO recognizes that the photographers are the only copyright holders of the material submitted to the International Year of Rice Global Photography Contest "Rice Is Life". The photographers have given permission to FAO to use the material submitted to the International Year of Rice Global Photography Contest "Rice Is Life" only in the exhibition resulting from the contest and in all promotional material relating to the International Year of Rice. If you wish to use the material please contact FAO in order to forward the request to the photographers.


Nital s.p.a, the exclusive distributor of Nikon products in Italy, will award the winners with the following prizes:

Professional Photographers Category
1st place: Nikon D70
2nd place: Nikon Coolpix 5400
3rd place: Nikon Coolpix 5200

Amateur Photographers Category
1st place: Nikon Coolpix 4200
2nd place: Nikon Coolpix 3200
3rd place: Nikon Coolpix 2200

Awards Ceremony and Exhibition

The winner of the First Prize in each category will be invited to FAO Headquarters in Rome where they will attend the Awards Ceremony held in connection with World Food Day 2004, 15 October 2004.

The best works sent to the IYR Global Photography Contest "Rice is Life" will be displayed at an exhibit in Rome in October 2004. Details of this event will be published on the website as they become available. Please check back again later to learn more about this upcoming exhibition.

Selection Committee members
  1. Dr. Nguu Van Nguyen (Chairman)
    Executive Secretary of the International Rice Commission (IRC)
  2. Mr. Noël De Luna
    Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines in Rome, representing the Informal International Working Group
  3. Ms Concepción Calpe
    Senior Commodity Specialist, FAO Basic Foodstuffs Service, representing the FAO Organizing Committee for IYR
  4. Ms Sheila Mckinnon
  5. Ms Sherri Dougherty
    Photo Editor at FAO
  6. Mr Francesco Zizola
  7. Ms Grazia Cecconi
    Art Director
  8. Mr Massimo Mastrorillo

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