MoNRE Presents Environmental Photo Competition Awards

Mr. Khampadith Khammounheuang, Director General of the Department for Environmental Quality Promotion at the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MoNRE), presented awards to the ten winners of the first ever Environmental Photo Competition during a ceremony at the Settha Palace Hotel in Vientiane on 24 July, 2013. Earlier this year, the Promotion of Climate-related Environmental Education (ProCEEd) project, a Lao-German cooperation project, had invited printed or digital photos on environmental issues in Laos.

 

Out of more than 80 contestants, Mr. Vilasack Southisane won the competition with his impressive picture of rice fields being burned in preparation for the next planting season. The photo illustrates the usefulness and the danger of fire for the environment. Runner-up Mr. Taikeo Phorlasinh focused on the beauty of the environment along the Fai Hua Nam River in Udomxai Province. The third prize was awarded to Ms Southida Souliyang as her photo of dried-out tree branches on dried and cracked soil warns us about the impact of droughts on the environment.

 

Mr. Khampadith of MoNRE stated that “it was difficult for the jury to choose the winners because so many high quality photos were submitted.” According to ProCEEd Team Leader, Dr. Michael Trockenbrodt of GIZ  - Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH, the photo competition was one of the first activities of ProCEEd. The project aims at improving knowledge, attitudes and practices regarding environmental and biodiversity protection as well as climate change adaptation in Laos. To this effect, a wide range of national mass media, community communication channels and non-formal education activities are combined in a well-coordinated multi-year Environmental Education and Communication Strategy (EECS) supervised by the MoNRE.

 

The best 32 photos of the competition are pieced together for a photo exhibition and displayed at the award ceremony. The photo exhibition will tour schools and government offices in the Vientiane area in the near future.

 

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