Photo Contest: Picture Slovenia – 20 years

Deadline: 15 December 2010
Open to: any professional and amateur photographers
Prize: 200 prizes and exhibition of the best photos

To mark its 20th anniversary of independence, which will be celebrated in 2011, Slovenia has launched a series of activities starting with the ‘Picture Slovenia – 20 Years of Independence‘ photo contest. The contest is hosted by  web portal and runs from 5 October to 15 December. The prize winners will be announced on 23 December – during the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the plebiscite.

Both professional and amateur photographers are invited to enter their works in the contest and compete for over 200 prizes. “We would like to invite all citizens and all other friends of Slovenia to join us in the festivities at the 20th anniversary of the state and to feel this is their holiday too. Everyone sees Slovenia with their own eyes and we are convinced that those who decide to participate in the contest will find a motive which reflects the Slovenian success story and the I feel Slovenia slogan,” said Darijan Košir, Director of the Government Communication Office. The organiser of the photo contest, Primož Žižek, added: “Picture Slovenia is a social project aimed at promoting Slovenia through photography as images can say more than words.”

At the 20th anniversary of independence we would like to remind Slovenia and the rest of the world of what we have achieved in different spheres of life. The “Picture Slovenia – 20 Years” photo contest is a great opportunity for anyone to show through their photographic lens their experience of Slovenia from 1991 until today. The best photographs entered in the contest will be exhibited in 2011 in Slovenia and abroad.

The panel of judges, composed of internationally renowned photographers Arne Hodalič, Tomo Jeseničnik and Borut Peterlin, Primož Žižek on behalf of Picture Slovenia and Polona Prešeren from the Government Communication Office, will review all the entries received until 15 December 2010.

Previous experience in the Picture Slovenia project has shown that there are 100,000 people in Slovenia engaging in photography either professionally or as amateurs. So far the Picture Slovenia portal has recorded visitors from 67 countries and published 16,000 photos.

At the 20th anniversary of our country’s independence we would like us all to remember what we have accomplished over the last two decades and to proudly look back on our achievements. The “Picture Slovenia – 20 Years” photo contest is a great opportunity for you to take a look at Slovenia through the photographic lens and show us how you experienced it from 1991 until today – just accept our invitation!

More information is available here.

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