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Czech Press Photo 2007

2007-10-21 12:00:00

The 13th year of the Czech Press Photo competition, followed by subsequent press photography exhibition, takes place under the personal auspices of Václav Klaus, the President of the Czech Republic and Pavel Bém, the Lord Mayor of Prague.

Dan Materna, reporter of the Czech daily MF Dnes, won this year's Crystal Eye award for his "Distraint of a Child" photograph...

The Photograph of the Year - Crystal Eye, the main prize of the Czech Press Photo competition is awarded to a photograph considered by the International Jury to be the best both from the journalistic (topicality, information value, expressiveness, promptness) as well as the aesthetic point of view and which conveys an important message. The winner receives CZK 120000 in cash money, Crystal Eye sculpture.

Statement by the International Jury: "The winning photograph embodies the ultimate private drama of human life - a family war. It is the essential problem of today's civilization that shows the crisis of values - in the end everyone looses: mother, father, child, society, as well as the authorities. This emotionally charged picture functions as a mirror and asks questions."

Total number of 228 photographers, with permanent residency in either the Czech or Slovak Republics, participated in the competition by submitting total number of 3104 photographs. The International Jury worked from 13th to 16th October, 2007.

This year, already for the 6th time, the Children's Jury organized by the Czech Committee for UNICEF accompanied the International Jury. It consisted of 9 children coming from various minorities living in the Czech Republic.

The International Jury awarded the main prize, the Photograph of the Year, and within the competition's 8 categories awarded total of 8 first, second, and third prizes carrying a financial reward, together with 8 Honorary Mentions. The Jury also awarded the UNHCR Prize.

During the exhibition opening, the President of the Czech Republic will personally present the main prize, the Crystal Eye to the winner. The Lord Mayor of Prague awarded the Czech Press Photo 2007 Grant of the City of Prague, which he will personally present to the winner during the exhibition opening. The Children's Jury awarded the UNICEF Children's Prize. The Audience Prize will be awarded based on the popular vote by those visiting the exhibition as well as the Internet.

The Czech Press Photo 2007 exhibition will take place from 16th November, 2007 till 31st January, 2008 in the Cross Gallery and the Knight Hall of the Old Town Hall in Prague. The prize giving ceremony and the exhibition opening will take place on 15th November, 2007 at 4 PM in the Bro¾ík's Hall of the Old Town Hall. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic organizes traveling of the exhibition abroad.

The winning photographs are presented on www.czechpressphoto.cz



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