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Winners of International Danube Photo Championship Awarded
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Three photographers have won the ‘IFN Master Photographer 2008’ titles of honour in the IFN Photo Championship 2008 competition, entitled “The Danube and its Tributaries”. 

The winning selections are: “Guter Fang”, or “Good catch” picturing a fish primed for cooking, by Switzerland’s Max Rupff for the colour category; “Sunbath” with a man sunbathing on a Danube raft, by Austria’s Erich Stiglitz for the monochrome category; and “Boats of Silence” on a sunset Danube, by Romania’s Dorian Hodorogea for the digital/slide category.

The award ceremony took place at the Vienna International Centre, the UN headquarter. The presentation of winners and prizes was made by Mr. Manfred Pils, President of the International Friends of Nature (IFN) and Mr. Saša Dragin, Minister for Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management of Serbia and President of the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR). The competition was carried out in cooperation with the ICPDR which has its Secretariat at the Vienna International Centre.

“Our goal for the competition was to give photographers from all across the world the chance to help make a wordless bridge between peoples throughout the Danube River Basin, and to raise awareness of the importance of the EU Water Framework Directive,” said Mr. Manfred Pils.

The winning entries as well as 80 more pictures from the contest have been displayed in an exhibition in the Rotunda of the Vienna International Centre from December 10-19. During 2009 they will be shown at different locations along the Danube, including in Tulcea, the gate to the Danube Delta, where it is scheduled for the Danube Day 2009 (June 29).

Linking the countries, landscapes and peoples along the Danube with the Danube Delta, the competition is part of the overall activities related to the “Danube Delta – Landscape of the Year 2007-2009” initiative.

Sponsors who supported the photo competition include FuessAudiovision, Kodak, Julius Escher Fotogroßhandel and Foto-Video Sobotka.

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