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French Ambassador unveils award winning photographs around the Embassy’s walls

Winners of the photo contest “Every picture tells a story” organized by the French Embassy, Institut Français du Laos and Agence France-Presse (AFP) were welcomed by the French Ambassador to the Lao PDR and awarded several prizes: a

LAK 1.5 million voucher in a photography store, and an online training provided by a professional photographer from Agence France Presse and member of the jury.

When they entered the French Residence, the winners were able to present their photograph -displayed around the Embassy’s walls to the guests and contest’s organizers.

Gathered at the French Ambassador’ Residence in Vientiane on Mar 17, the official award ceremony was the opportunity for the eight winners to meet with the jurors and different partners of the photo contest. Partners, professionals and experts of the themes proposed during the contest, discussed with the young photographers and could get to know more about their artistic approach.

In a short video screened in introduction, the professional photographer from Agence France member of the jury, Mr. Mladen Antonov, warmly congratulated the winners.

He stressed the complexity of some topics and testified how pleased he was to discover Laos through the lens of the pictures sent for the photo contest.

The event gave the chance to stress the photo contest two primary goals: professionalization of young photographers and the public exhibition of the winning pictures.

A 1-year long photo contest aiming at professionalizing young talents

For the photo contest ” Every picture tells a story ” organized from February 2020 to February 2021, the French Embassy to the Lao PDR and Institut Français du Laos challenged themselves to accompany amateur or professional photographers on the way to professionalization.

“coffee”, for instance, are good illustrations of sustainable development, a theme central to the Lao- French relationship. As for the preservation of historical heritage, embodied through the topic “architecture””, declared the French Ambassador An innovative way to promote the latest news of Lao-French relationship.

The French Embassy to the Lao PDR and Institute throughout this photo contest: Agence Frarhrançais du Laos did benefit from the support of many partners Commission, Global Shapers, Lao Youth Presse (AEP), Lines Magazine, Birds Follow Spring, Mekong River.

Source: Lao News Agency