A world photography contest to highlight the role of the potato
as a source of food, employment and income in developing countries
was launched today by FAO and the United Nations.
The contest is being held in conjunction with the UN’s International
Year of the Potato (IYP) in 2008.
IYP aims at raising global awareness of the potato’s key
contribution to agriculture, the economy and world food security,
and at fostering improved potato-based systems to help countries
achieve the Millennium Development Goals.
The IYP World Photography Contest, “Focus on a global food”,
invites photographers to capture the spirit of the International
Year in images that illustrate potato biodiversity, cultivation,
processing, trade, marketing, consumption and utilization.
“Potato is the world’s number four food crop, after
rice, wheat and maize, with annual production of more than 300
million tonnes,” said FAO’s NeBambi Lutaladio, the
IYP coordinator. “It is grown in more than 100 countries,
from the Andes and China's Yunnan plateau to the subtropical lowlands
of India, on the plains of northern Europe and the steppes of the
Ukraine. Photographers who explore the world of the potato will
find plenty of subject matter.”
Sponsored by Nikon, the IYP photography contest is an opportunity
for photographers to showcase previous work or to capture new images
that depict the many activities related to this vital crop.
The contest has separate categories for professional and amateur
photographers, and will accept single digital images or “photo
stories” of four to eight related images, in either black-and-white
or colour. Participants can submit their digital files by uploading
them directly via internet or sending them by normal post on a
The winning photographs will be chosen by a selection panel that
includes some of the world’s leading professionals in the
field of photography. Winners in the professional and amateur categories
will be awarded cash prizes totalling some US$11 000 as well as
Nikon cameras. The deadline for entries is 1 September 2008.
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