24-years old Russian man wins UNESCO Video Contest on Cultural Diversity
The international jury for the UNESCO video contest, "My Declaration", has awarded the first prize to Mr. Evgeny Tarasov, a 24-year old Russian student, for his video "Around the world in one day”.The judges cited the video’s "simplicity, humor and interpretation”, its theme, and its "rhythm", in making their decision.
A "Special Public Mention" for the video that earned the highest number of votes went to 21 year-old Mr. Sistos Moreano Jorge from Mexico for his video "Diversity is the other".
The two videos (number 34 and number 28) can be viewed here.
The "My Declaration" competition, open to budding filmmakers ages 18 to 24, was launched by UNESCO in September 2011 to educate young people on the principles of cultural diversity as part of the commemoration of the tenth anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity.
The contestants were asked to produce a film showcasing their personal vision of the meaning and future of cultural diversity. All styles and genres were accepted, but videos could not be subtitled or dubbed: verbal communication was not to be an essential factor to understanding.
By mobilizing the network of UNESCO Associated Schools, over 30,000 young people viewed the videos and nearly 1,000 participated in online voting. Five finalists were selected based on voting results, and an international jury selected a winner.
The lucky winner will receive a Panasonic camera that has been donated by "OUR PLACE" World Heritage, the UNESCO partnered organization that is photographically documenting and promoting the sites on the UNESCO WH list. Visit http://ourplaceworldheritage.com/ to view the hundreds of photos in their WH site galleries. OUR PLACE believes that quality photography is a great tool for world heritage preservation and protection.
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