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Indian photographer wins top UN prize

Resmi C Senan won $20,000 for her photograph of deer scavenging on a rubbish heap in the UNEP Competition.

india Updated: Mar 19, 2005, 12:48 IST
Indo-Asian News Service
Indo-Asian News Service

Resmi C Senan of India won the top UN prize in a global competition on environmentally significant photography, beating entries from nearly 170 countries.

Senan won $20,000 for her photograph of deer scavenging on a rubbish heap in the UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) International Photographic Competition.

The UNEP announced Senan's top position, followed by second place for a photograph showing wealthy homes against a backdrop of slums and a third where a Buddhist monk is draping a cloth around a tree trunk.

"The ability of the human eye and the camera lens to illuminate the beauty and tragedy of the world is brought into sharp focus by our fourth International Photographic Competition," UNEP Executive Director Klaus Toepfer said.

The winners of the gold in the three categories of the UNEP International Photographic Competition on the Environment, sponsored by the global photographic company Canon, were:

Resmi C Senan of India for the $20,000 gold in the general category for her portraits of deer feeding on refuse and rubbish tips;

Monica Alexandra Terrazas Galvan of Mexico for the $5,000 gold in the youth category for her simple but stark portrayal of the gap between rich and poor through the imagery of affluent housing set above the slums below;

Chamaiporn Pongpanich of Thailand for $2,000 gold in the children's category for a moving and reverential portrait of monks, draping a brown and gold cloth round the trunk of a huge tropical tree.

More than 32,000 photographs were submitted, nearly double those of the previous competition five years ago, for this year's contest under the theme "Focus on Your World".

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