NEW YORK (Feb. 9, 2006)–Students from Aruba, Nevis and St. Kitts are the winners of National Geographic Traveler magazine’s first annual Caribbean Youth Photography Contest, “In My View,” organized in conjunction with the Caribbean Tourism Organization.
Naomi Vonk, a 12-year-old from Aruba, is the grand-prize winner for her photo “Friends Jumping from Pier.” On June 26 Naomi and her parents will fly to Washington, D.C., for a four-day, three-night trip that will include a visit to National Geographic Society headquarters and a tour of the city with famed National Geographic photographer Annie Griffiths Belt. Griffiths Belt will spend the day sharing tips with Naomi on how to shoot like a pro with Naomi’s new 35mm digital camera, part of her prize.
Lauren Korr, 17, of Nevis, won second prize for her photograph “Rainbow.” She will receive the Ultimate Photography Package, which includes a digital camera and carrying case, as well as three National Geographic Society photography books.
Daryl Charles, 17, from St. Kitts, took third place for his photo “Boys Playing Football.” Daryl will receive 10 National Geographic Society photography books.
The three winning photographs will be on display at National Geographic Society headquarters and will be published in the May/June 2006 issue of National Geographic Traveler magazine.
Students from 22 Caribbean countries participated in the contest. More than 220 final entry photos, representing the spirit of each individual country, were judged. A panel of National Geographic Traveler photo editors scoured the entries to select the winners and potential future National Geographic photographers.
“We are thrilled by the number of truly amazing photographs we received by these very talented children,” said Kimberly Connaghan, associate publisher of National Geographic Traveler. “The kids are clearly passionate about their countries, and that passion and sense of pride really resonated in their photos. The winning photographs provide an inside look and sense of community that can only come from a local. The photographs also capture an exuberance that represents today’s Caribbean youth.”
“The Caribbean is very excited about this opportunity that National Geographic Traveler has provided to the children of our region,” said Hugh Riley, director of marketing for the Americas, Caribbean Tourism Organization. “It offers an opportunity for them to learn and be rewarded, and focuses attention on the importance of tourism to our region.”
About National Geographic Traveler magazine
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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.
CTO’s New York office is located at 80 Broad Street, 32nd Floor, New York, N.Y. 10004, USA; Tel: (212) 635-9530; Fax: (212) 635-9511; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. CTO’s London office is located at 22 The Quadrant, Richmond, Surrey TW9 1BP, England. Tel: 011 44 208 948 0057; Fax: 011 44 208 948 0067; E-mail: email@example.com; CTO Canada is located at 130 Bloor Street West, Suite 301, Toronto, Ontario M5S 1N5, Canada. Tel: (416) 935 0767; Fax: (416) 935 0939. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. CTO Headquarters is located at One Financial Place, Collymore Rock, St. Michael, Barbados; Tel: (246) 427-5242; Fax: (246) 429-3065; E-mail: email@example.com. For more information, please visit www.doitcaribbean.com or www.onecaribbean.org.