Please have a look at these photos that are taken from the perspective of Fukushima’s foreign residents and illustrate the current situation of the prefecture.
Fukushima International Association recently held a photo contest for foreign residents living in Fukushima. We received many photos and messages from foreign residents who wanted to demonstrate Fukushima’s current situation to their hometowns and to the world. The results of the photo contest have now been decided.
The Grand Prize “Hope for good harvest” Photographer: Cheng Tongjun (From China), Location: Aizuwakamatsu, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan
The grand prize was awarded to Cheng Tongjun’s “Hope for good harvest.” The photo portrays Fukushima’s Aizu region’s beautiful rice paddies and her message expresses how the rice harvested from those rice paddies is delicious.
For the photo contest, foreign residents from 21 countries submitted over 180 photos. Various perspectives of Fukushima were portrayed such as beautiful sceneries, festivals, daily life as well as the current situation of the tsunami-disaster areas, etc. These photos are filled with an appreciation towards Fukushima as a “second-home”.
The first round of judging was done by foreign residents who are currently residing in Fukushima. The judges were from China, Paraguay/Argentina, Indonesia, Vietnam, and Canada. For the final round of judging, photojournalist Yasuda Natsuki decided the top prize winners out of the photos that were selected from the first round.
Then, on November 4th, the awards ceremony took place at Fukushima City, where Yasuda Natsuki presented the award certificates and supplementary prizes to the winners.
The excellence prizes were awarded to Australia’s Gavin Keane Carvalho with his photo, “Ouchi-juku- Snow Festival”; South Africa’s Michelle Krüger with her photo, “15:40”; and lastly, Indonesia’s Reza Ahmad Fakhrizal with his photo, “Insya Allah you’ll find your Way”. Five other people were awarded Special-Pick prizes as well.
You can take a look at the photos as well as the list of winners from the following web address.
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