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Aquawareness Photo Competition winner Oxana in Brussels

Sep 20th, 2010 |

Photo Competition Award Ceremony: Lesha Witmer, Oxana Salamaha, Friedrich Barth

Photo Competition Award Ceremony: Lesha Witmer, Oxana Salamaha, Fritz Barth

Brussels, 20 September 2010. Oxana Salamaha (18) from Moldova, the first placed winner of the Aquawareness Photo Competition “Who cares … about water? Nature does!”, participated in the official Award Ceremony which took place at the European Parliament in Brussels on the 15th of September 2010.

Mr. Fritz Barth, Vice-Chairman of the European Water Partnership, officially opened the Award Ceremony stressing the need for more youth involvement in European water issues and congratulating Oxana on her outstanding achievements: “Youngsters from 16 European countries participated in the first Aquawareness Photo Competition. Within the submitted pictures, your shot is a perfect interpretation of the title and connects water and biodiversity in an inspiring way.”

Ms. Lesha Witmer, jury member from the Women for Water Partnership (WfWP), said: “I do hope that this project will continue: pictures are speaking louder than words ever can. I also hope Oxana will continue her hobby and connect with women and youth organizations in Moldova and her region and contribute to caring for our waters. Women for water will make sure they get acquinted.“

During the Award Ceremony Oxana expressed her delight at visiting Brussels: “This photo competition gives me the great opportunity to travel, meeting you people and to see this amazing building of the Parliament.”

The winning picture “Bird&Wave” was taken in Crete, Greece, and depicts a brightly coloured bird – a kingfisher – almost covered by a wave. Green Week 2010 participants, EWP website visitors and a high-level panel decided that Oxana’s shot is the best in terms of photographer skills and creativity.

In addition to a stay in Brussels, Oxana received “Troubled Waters” signed by all three jurors.

As a follow up of this 1st Aquawareness Photo Competition, the EWP will continue its creative Aquawareness activities by joining a short movie contest on Water & Climate Change organized by the United Nations World Water Assessment Programme and TheWaterChannel.

1st place: "Bird&Wave" by Oxana Salamaha from Moldova

1st place: "Bird&Wave" by Oxana Salamaha from Moldova

The Aquawareness Photo Competition “Who cares … about water? Nature does?” was supported by

Coca-Cola Foundationwetsus

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