Metro Global Photo Challenge Winner Announcement

Metro is proud to announce the four global winners in the Metro Global Photo Challenge 2011 by category:

Category Environment: “Tizsa Blooming” by Csudai Sandor from Hungary

Category Imagination: “Tiny Folks…” by Marcus Andelius from Sweden

Category Moments of My Life: “The Magic Lane” by Pierre-Philippe Kikhounga from France, living in French Canada

Category Relationships: “Friend” by Noah Beyene from Sweden

The winners will today have their photos published globally in Metro reaching over 17 million readers, and will win a trip to any of the over 100 cities in the world where Metro is published.

The winners have gone through a three level judging process. First of all, four finalists were selected in each country by the local jury, and another four finalists were selected by ‘public vote’ (Facebook likes). These finalists were then reviewed by the Global Jury, chaired by Nigel Barker, renowned Fashion Photographer & Judge on the show “America’s Next Top Model” in New York.

“It’s an honor to be back judging such a wide variety of international talent for the Metro Global Photo Challenge. From fashion photography to fine art, from combat, to wedding photography, the medium of photography has never been more tangible and is an exciting career choice,” the Global Jury Chairman, commented.

Christian Quarles, Global Marketing Director at Metro International, commented “This year we developed and improved the technical platform for the global website, improved the link and engagement to social media, launched new features and provided opportunities for participants to earn money on their photos. The results are beyond our expectations with more participants and better photos than ever!”

Globally, there were over 160 000 photos submitted, over 1 million unique visitors on the website during the three months, and over 11 000 comments were posted on www.metrophotochallenge.com

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About Metro Global Photo Challenge

Set up in Sweden in 2004, Metro Global Photo Challenge run in 2011 for the 5th year globally. The competition taps into young urbanite Metro readers’ interest in photography. It aims to promote amateurs, would-be professionals, as well as professionals through exposing their work & photos to 17 million readers on 4 continents. The competition also gives them chances to develop their skills and portfolio during a trip to any city where Metro is published www.metro.lu/about/world_map

Global Jury

Chairman:
Nigel Barker, Fashion Photographer & Judge on the show “America’s Next Top Model”, New York

Sergio Fernández, Photographer, London
Magnus Cramer, Photographer, Stockholm
Jake Cunningham, Managing Editor at Getty Images Creative, London
Urban Brådhe, Photo Reporter at Metro, Stockholm
Joel Charlebois, Photographer and winner of Metro Photo Challenge in 2008, Toronto

For further information, please visit www.metro.lu, or contact:

Maggie Samways, EVP Global Editor in Chief      Tel: +44 7525 950 921

Hanna Gordon, Global Brand Manager      Tel: +46 704 15 95 15       

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