NEW YORK (March 18, 2008)—National Geographic Traveler magazine and the Caribbean Tourism Organization announced today the winners of their third annual Caribbean Youth Photography Contest, “In My View.” The competition, for students aged 12-17, attracted entries from 18 countries.
Grand-prize winner Francisco Martinez, a 15-year-old from St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, earned top honors for his submission, “Boy in Archway.” As part of his prize, National Geographic photographer Annie Griffiths Belt, one of the contest judges, will attend a celebration at Martinez’s school this spring, where he will be recognized as the top winner at a special school assembly.
This summer Martinez and his parents will be flown to Washington, D.C., for a four-day, three-night stay courtesy of National Geographic Traveler. His prize also includes a 35 mm digital camera, a private tour of the National Geographic Society and a tour of the city with one of the magazine’s leading photographers.
The second-prize winner is 16-year-old Tara-Kay Salmon from Jamaica. Her submission, “Playing in the Light,” earned her an “ultimate photography package” prize of a digital camera and carrying case plus three National Geographic photography books.
Third-prize winner, Jawanza Bassue, is a 16-year-old from St. Kitts. He will receive 10 National Geographic photography books for his image, “Watering Hole.”
The winning images will be published in the July/August issue of National Geographic Traveler and will be exhibited this summer at National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C.
“The entries this year were of an exceptionally high standard, so it was a challenge for the judges to get them down to just three. What struck me as most powerful about the three final images was that each was a true moment of real life on the islands. Each gave a little window into daily life in the Caribbean, yet each was completely different from the others,” said Griffiths Belt.
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About the Caribbean Tourism Organization
The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), with headquarters in Barbados and marketing operations in New York, London and Toronto, is the Caribbean’s tourism development agency and comprises membership of over 30 member governments and a myriad of private sector entities. The CTO’s mission is to provide to and through its members the services and information needed for the development of sustainable tourism for the economic and social benefit of the Caribbean people. The organization provides specialized support and technical assistance to member countries in the areas of marketing, human resource development, research and statistics, information technology and sustainable tourism development. The CTO disseminates information on behalf of its member governments to consumers and the travel trade.
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