Dr Pe Myint, Union Minister for Information, took part in the ceremony for awarding of prizes in the colour photo contest in commemoration of the 69th anniversary Independence Day under the sponsorship of the information and public relations department of the Ministry of Information held at the Sule Shangri La Hotel in Yangon yesterday morning.
Before U Pe Myint presented the prizes to the winners, he reminded the gathering of the importance of photographers and their work to disseminate knowledge of Myanmar’s natural beauty throughout the world.
“Contestants and winners include neo-photographers of new generation, so the present contest can be regarded to help young photographers emerge. As a picture is worth a thousand words, veteran photographers are the ones who exhibit our natural beauties and landscapes of nature that inspire love and admiration of our land and our people, through their photography.
Only if unity is built based on love for the country can we defend our independence we attained through our collective efforts. And we can develop to the level of keeping up with other countries. For doing so, photographers play an important role.”
The Union Minister presented first prize to Zaw Maw Oo, the second prize to Pyi Soe Tun (artist) and third prize to Kyaw Win Hlaing (University of Culture), followed by special prizes from U Pe Myint Oo, chairman of the Myanmar Photographer’s Association and U Maung Pe, director-general of information and public relations department to Pyi Soe Tun (artist), Thant Zaw Oo, Khaing Zar Mon, Zaw Zaw Tun and Kyaw Kyaw Win (university of cooperative).
Afterward, U Pe Myint Oo explained the selection of prizes and Zaw Maw Oo spoke words of thanks on behalf of the winners. At the end of the ceremony, Union Minister inspected the pictures of winners. The title of the colour photo contest of the 69th anniversary Independence Day is Myanmar is The Peaceful Land. Participants in the contest were 320 photographers with 1,228 photos.
Ye Ye Myint