November 28 2013
VIENTIANE – Pictures from 24 Lao photographers and young people are featured in the “Laos in Focus: Development through the people’s eyes” photo exhibition, which opened at the I-cat gallery in Vientiane today.
The event was attended by Mr. Minh Pham, United Nations (UN) Resident Coordinator and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative, and Mr. Anouparb Vongnorkeo, Deputy Director General of the Department of International Organizations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as well as many of the photographers whose photos are on display, partners from the development community and the general public.
All pictures included in the photo exhibition were selected from submissions to the ‘Laos in Focus – picturing the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)’ photo competition launched in September.
Speaking at the event, Mr. Pham said: “The photo competition was a chance to ask people ‘what does development mean to you’ and to make people pause and think. This is important since achieving the MDGs will require action from many stakeholders; not least from the Lao people themselves.” He thanked everyone who participated in the contest and said that he is “impressed by the great talent shown by many of these young photographers, and by the thinking that went into taking these photos. “
Mr. Vongnorkeo said: “I am delighted to witness the general public's views on the MDGs through their participation in this very meaningful photo competition. As the 2015 MDG expiry date is approaching fast, the participation of all stakeholders is of great importance for the realization of these internationally agreed development goals."
Ms. Alexandra Bounxouai, National Goodwill Ambassador for UNDP, also congratulated the winners at the event.
The award ceremony for the photo contest winners was held last week at the National Convention Centre as part of the opening of the Development Exhibition for the 11th High-level Round Table Meeting on “Accelerating MDG achievement and Inclusive Development”, where the photo exhibition was on display for two days.
The photo exhibition at the I-cat gallery will remain open to the public until the 15th of December. The gallery is open 5-8pm on weekdays and 1-7pm on Saturdays and Sundays and the entry is free of charge.
About the Laos in Focus photo contest:
‘Laos in Focus – picturing the MDGs’ photo competition was launched in September by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the UN in Lao PDR to mark the publication of the third Lao MDG progress report. It aimed to focus on the key development issues in Lao PDR and to raise awareness of the MDGs particularly among the young people. The winning photo was taken by Siththisak Phaninhuan, and the runner-ups were Midphasong Mingnakhone and Thipphakone Manyvong. The winning photos from mobile photo category for young people category were taken by Dethnaphonexay Xoumphonepakdee and Khamla Sonenapha.
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More than 150 photos were submitted by Lao photographers to either the “General Entry” category of the contest, which was open for all Lao people, or the mobile photography category “Young Snapper”, which was open to those under 25 years.
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For enquiries, please contact:
Ms. Eeva Nyyssonen at UNDP
tel. 021 267723