My neighbourhood photo competition: winners announced

The winners of the photo competition My Neighbourhood were announced today. The competition was launched by the European Union Delegation to Bosnia and Herzegovina/EU Special Representative. It ran from 18 October to 18 November 2011 and 168 photos were submitted. The first prize, a NIKON Coolpix L120 camera, has been kindly donated by BLICKDRUCK Company of Sarajevo.

Entrants were asked to submit photographs in response to the questions: What does your neighbourhood mean to you today? What might change and what might stay the same in your neighbourhood when Bosnia and Herzegovina becomes a member of the European Union? Maybe there is something in your neighbourhood that would be a positive contribution to the EU?

The two top placed winners are:

  1. Emir Vražalica, Sarajevo, for Family values with a modern twist
  2. Nikolina Tuka, Sarajevo, for Girl overlooking the town

And for the most likes on the Delegation Facebook page (www.facebook.com/europa.ba) the winner is:

    3. Jovana Vujasinović, Banja Luka, for Children cannot wait

Ambassador Peter Sorensen said:

Bosnia and Herzegovina is a diverse and beautiful country and this was well reflected in the entries to the competition. There are so many good things, from all the communities, to bring to the attention of a wider audience. Our winners have in addition shown impressive artistic flair and I congratulate them. I look forward to presenting them with their prizes and to their pictures being part of our official calendar for 2012.

A panel of judges, composed of three professional photographers, a representative of the EU Awareness II project and a representative of European Union Delegation to Bosnia and Herzegovina/EUSR, had the difficult task of selecting the two best works out of the 168 entries received. The selection was made based on the following criteria:

1.     Relevance to the theme My Neighbourhood

2.     Composition of the frame

3.     Light used for photography

4.     Idea and message sent

The winners will be presented with their awards – including digital cameras for the two top placed winners – at a dinner with EU Ambassador Peter Sorensen in January 2012.

A further 9 photographs will be selected for the EU in BiH 2012 calendar.