Prize-winning digital photos and videos announced

THEMED around active aging and sol­idarity between generations, the winning entries to the  DigiMe digital photo and video competition were announced recently.

Sponsored by the Representation of the European Commission in Cyprus, the com­petition’s overall winning photo was ‘Age­less Joy’ by Salih Bahҫeci, a student of dig­ital media at London Metropolitan Univer­sity, while the short clip “An ordinary life of my grandparents” by Andreas Psaltis, a final year pupil at the Grammar School, Nicosia, won the video prize. The two cat­egory winners each received an iPad.

C3A, the Cyprus Third Age Association received an honourable mention – and a €100 voucher for electronic gadgets – for a series of photographs showing the group’s educational activities which, as the judges said, vividly illustrated Active Ageing in Action.

(Photographs submitted by Pat Howarth – Group Leader Archaeology Group).

There were also honourable mentions for Elly Rousou’s ‘Youth has no Age’, and for Yetin ArsIan’s ‘Fairy-tale Cycle’.

Speaking at a prize-giving ceremony held at the House for Co-operation in Nicosia’s Buffer Zone last week, the Head of Repre­sentation of the European Commission in Cyprus George Markopouliotis said:

“This is the second year of the DigiMe digital video and photo competition. We at the Representation are happy to support this online event and we do hope that it will carry on with the same success for a few more years to come. Our intention was to raise awareness of the contribution that older people make to society and I think that the entries to the competition do this quite admirably.

It is also clear that these issues, like the environment and climate change in last year’s competition, are obviously of concern to all communities in Cyprus – two-thirds of this year’s entries come from Greek Cypriots and approximately one-third from the Turkish Cypriot community.”

According to the organisers, entries in the DigiMe competition are not judged on artistic merit alone but also on relevance and, crucially, on the impact they have on­line.

“This impact, the buzz, which this year’s entries have generated, has been considerable.

“There were more than 100 entries in all which attracted nearly 3,000 votes on the DigiMe website, more than 2,000 YouTube views and nearly 4,000 likes and comments on Facebook,” an organiser announcement noted.

The DigiMe competition is managed on behalf of the Representation of the Euro­pean Commission in Cyprus by the NGO Support Centre and the Cyprus Commu­nity Media Centre.