Photo Contest 2013 has its winner
Prague 25 November 2013 – the tenth anniversary of the existence of the Railway Infrastructure Administration (SŽDC) is accompanied by a number of events throughout the whole of 2013. One of these events is the announcement of the winners of the second annual photo contest. Compared to the premiere year, this year contestants competed in five categories and there were even more contestants. 153 of them applied and sent a total of more than eight hundred contest photos. In addition to recognition and commemorative plaques, the winners selected by a professional jury also received a number of prizes and valuable gifts from the sponsors of the contest. These were handed over to the winners in style in the representative premises of the Government State Room in Prague’s main railway station.
The competition of amateur photographers also took place in two rounds this year. In the first phase, members of the professional jury first selected 15 photographs in each category, which advanced to the second round. In this round a battle was then fought for the final podium finish in each category. The commission represented by experts in photography, such as the Chairwoman of the Union of Czech Photographers Věra Matějů or winners of past Czech Press Photo contests Karel Cudlín and Vojtěch Herout, selected this year’s winner together with representatives of SŽDC.
All voters on the contest’s website notionally awarded their prize as well by voting for their favourite. The one who received the most votes was then awarded the People’s Choice Award.
|Contest categories and winners of 2013|
|Current infrastructure||It presented the authors’ views of the current railway, whether in the city or in the countryside. The jury evaluated photographs depicting the current state, i.e. the architecture, station buildings, infrastructure or railway technology. First place went to Filip Řezníček and his photograph called Night Watch.|
|People on the railway||As this category’s name implies, photographs capturing partakers symbolizing life around the railway were gathered here. The winner was Marta Wojciechowska with her photograph At the Last Minute.|
|Historic railroads||From steam engines to forgotten details and pieces of our railway history. It all came together in this segment of the contest, won by Hana Palečková with her photograph Evening Steam.|
|Artistically conceived photograph||Here authors sent in photographs with an artistic intent and with the possibility of making additional modifications. This category was won by Josef Buček with his photograph Storage.|
|Life on the railway||This category was led in the spirit of reportage photography capturing moments of everyday life on the railway. Miloslav Volek captured them the best with his photograph Repair of a Switch.|
|People’s Choice Award||It reflects the voting on the contest’s website. František Tylšar won this award for his photograph called Railway Villa Garden.|
|Absolute winner of the photo contest||The winner for 2013 is the photographer Roman Jaroš with his photo called Evening on the Tracks. All members of the jury unanimously agreed upon naming him the winner.|
Patronage of this year’s photo contests was taken on by the Ministry of Regional Development, the Ministry of Culture and Prague City Hall. The expert guarantor was the Railway Research Institute.
Thanks naturally also goes to the contest partners, who prepared interesting prizes for the finest. Namely, it concerned the travel agency ČD Travel, the magazine FotoVideo, Foto Škoda and Fotoinstitut. Thus the authors of the best photographs were awarded e.g., a trip of their choice in a value of CZK 15 000, an annual subscription to the magazine FotoVideo, Compendium for digital photographers by Michael Freeman, photographic equipment from Lowepro company or vouchers for photography courses.
All winning photographs are on display on the contest website at www.szdc.cz/fotosoutez.