Published on : Thursday, March 13, 2014
The Japan Tourism Agency ran a WOW! Japan photo competition on Facebook from 28 November 2013 to 31 January 2014. 3,265 people from 87 countries participated,
submitting 13,101 photographs. The campaign attracted around 400,000 fans on Facebook.
The winners were announced on 6 March 2014 in Tokyo and some British travellers were amongst the prize getters. Photos were submitted under the themes of – Otaku, Fashion, Food, Tradition, Nature, and Unique.
A mother and daughter at a Shinto shrine in KyotoBritish traveler Melanie Georgiou won the grand prix with her photo from Kyoto. “I’ve always admired the unique Japanese culture and it was my long-time dream to come visit Japan. This picture is a touching scene and taken in Kyoto where magnificent temples and shrines are. Mother and a child are washing their hands before their prayer. The scene and the light was perfect to take a picture and it is my favorite from my trips photographs”, said Melanie of her winning photograph.
Semi-grand prix winner was John Miller, also from Britain. On his photo he said, “I’ve expected beautiful sites, breathtaking temples and shrines, and urban cities. I was surprised I could receive very nice “omotenashi anywhere I went like the person who stopped and showed me the way at a station and showed me the shops in the underground of Osaka station and another who invited me to have tea at a temple in Takayama. This picture shows some children that gave us a great welcome as visitors and embodied the friendship of Japan to the world.”
The food prize was one by David Dubart from France. He commented, “This picture shows the cuisine that I made with my friend who lives in Ohara, near Kyoto. This cuisine is delightful to the eyes and delicious. I wanted to let people know that even homemade cuisine is not only for eating, but is also an art Japan, just as it is in France. I’ve learned Japanese people live for eating, not eating for living as French people.”
Geoffroy Khanh Trinh from the USA was another semi-grand prix winner with his photo of sumo. “I went to watch the sumo wrestling championship match with my friends. We arrived there in the early morning and stayed there for a day. For a break, we went to see the Edo Museum which is nearby. When the championship match started, I went up to the balcony seat to take a great shot. When the wrestlers started to walk along, I started to shoot the photos, and when they drew the circles on the ring, I knew I had taken something special,” said Geoffroy.
An awards ceremony for the winners will take place in Hita City, Oita Prefecture, on Kyushu island in Japan on 18 March. During the ceremony the winners will be treated to a fireworks display, which they’ll view from a houseboat.
Source:- See Japan
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