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70th anniversary photo competition winners

Tell us about the people, places, culture and story of Europe in pictures - that was the theme of our #MakingEurope2019 photo competition which celebrates the 70th anniversary of the Council of Europe.

Created in 1949, the Council of Europe counts 47 countries covering 840 million people. Its core values are Human Rights – Democracy –Rule of Law. Against this background, the competition was intended to spur reflection about the common thread between these countries and people, their reality, challenges, expectations and hopes for a better future.

Over 2,000 entries were submitted in five categories: #people, #places, #moments, #challenges, and #blackandwhite.

A jury made of 3 Council of Europe personalities: Liliane Maury-Pasquier, President of the Parliamentary Assembly, Judge Linos-Alexandre Sicilianos, President of the European Court of Human Rights and Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni, Deputy Secretary General, and 3 design experts: David Cascaro (France), Dina Oganova (Georgia) and Karoliina Veijo (Finland) who selected the winner for each category and the overall winner.

These are the winning photos:
 

Absolute winner

Together we can do more
 

Lidiia Kozhevnikova, Ukraine

Category: people

#MakingEurope2019 #people #solidarity #humanity #togetherness #respect

“The feelings of optimism and hope transpire from this group of people together on a Baltic Sea beach ”

“A powerful image of solidarity and togetherness, in a visually perfect composition”

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Category: black and white

Un pezzettino di Venezia (A tiny piece of Venice)

Silvia Manginelli / Italy

#makingeurope2019 #blackandwhite #venice #heritage #beauty #fragility

“The strong structure of the posts with the delicate, dreamlike image of the island of San Giorgio Maggiore in the background”

“A tiny piece of the monumental, impossibly beautiful Venice that we see here, our common European heritage that we never stop being fascinated with”

“The fragility of our cultural heritage, a heritage which we have a duty to protect”

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Category: challenges

Less borders - more bridges
 

Christoph Becker / Germany

#makingeurope2019 #challenges #hopes #dreams #tomorrow

”The lone figure in the foreground looking towards the horizon, full of hopes and aspirations for the future”

“…a lovely composition, juxtaposing the blue skies with the cold steel of the bridge”

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Category: moments (ex-aequo)

A goodbye kiss
 


Aliya Kazandzhieva / Bulgaria

#MakingEurope2019 #moments #love #youth #foreveryoung

“The best thing about a picture is that it never changes, even when the people in it do, Andy Warhol said. When seeing the photo “A goodbye kiss”, we wish that these young people stay forever so, young and loving, oblivious of the time and the space”

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Tears of happiness
 

Dmitrii Vosimeric / Republic of Moldova

#makingeurope2019 #moments #peace #peacekeeping #heroes #fathers

“The emotion of a father and child reunited, the palpable emotion that never fails to move us”

“ This is the price you pay for having a great father and a hero, Dmitrii’s photo seems to say, the joy, the wonder, and then the tears too”

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Category: people

 Together we can do more

Lidiia Kozhevnikova, Ukraine

#MakingEurope2019 #people #solidarity #humanity #togetherness #respect

“The feelings of optimism and hope transpire from this group of people together on a Baltic Sea beach ”

“A powerful image of solidarity and togetherness, in a visually perfect composition”

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Category: places

When traditional and modern culture meet
 

Aliya Kazandzhieva / Bulgaria

#MakingEurope2019 #places #modernity #heritage #history

”…the old and the new, the traditional and the modern”

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