Winners announced for UN potato-themed photography contest

16 October 2008
Potato is the world's number four food crop

A Peruvian and a Chinese photographer were announced today as winners of a world photography contest, launched by the United Nations to highlight the potato’s key role in agriculture, the economy and world food security.

Part of the International Year of the Potato celebrations in 2008, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) awarded first prizes in the contest – called “Focus on a global food” – to professional photographer Eitan Abramovich, and amateur photographer Xi Huang.

The 1000 contest entries were reviewed and evaluated by a selection committee of eight panellists including five of the world’s leading professionals, who granted second and third prizes in both the professional and amateur categories to photographers from Spain, Belarus, the Netherlands and the Philippines.

In support of the spirit of the International Year, photographers were invited to submit images that illustrated potato cultivation, processing, trade, marketing, consumption and utilization.

Sponsored by Nikon Europe and Irge Colore Srl, the event gave photographers an opportunity to showcase previous work or to capture new images depicting the vital crop, single digital images and “photo stories” of four to eight related images in either black or colour.

Coinciding with World Food Day – observed annually on 16 October to mark the founding of FAO – the “focus on global food” contest works to support the day’s ethos to highlight the first Millennium Development Goal (MDG) to halve hunger and poverty by the year 2015.


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