Schools, especially school media societies islandwide, are invited to apply for a photography competition and exhibition organized by the Ministry of Education.

Minister Bandula Gunawardena is seen here with South Korean ambassador to Sri Lanka, Chang Won- Sam at the opening ceremony

A circular in this regard has been sent by Education Ministry Secretary Anura Dissanayake to all Provincial Education Secretaries, Provincial Education Directors, Zonal Education Directors and school Principals.

According to the Education Ministry, the photography competition will be conducted according to standards set by the Photographic Society of Sri Lanka, with government and government approved private school students being eligible to apply for the competition.

The theme of the competition is “Our World As I See It”, and will fall under two categories, members of a school media society and non-members. The two age groups are below 16 years and below 21 years. Applicants should be below the age stipulated when submitting the application. A contestant can submit a maximum of four photographs.

All photographs should be digital and in jpeg/srgp modes, and should be submitted in CD or a DVD. Software such as photoshop is prohibited, while watermarks or signatures are not permitted.

Application forms and further photo requirements are stated in the Education Ministry’s website or, contact the Director of Co-curricular Activities, Guidance and Counseling & Peace Education branch of the Education Ministry.

Students are requested to submit genuine photographs, as copying from the internet or any other source will be disqualified.

Closing date for applications is September 15, 2014. Winners will be awarded medals and certificates along with consolation prizes. A special certificate will be awarded for the best monochrome photograph.

“The purpose of this competition is to promote photography as a hobby among schoolchildren. This also enhances creativity among students and to choose a career as professional photographers,” Mr. Dissanayake said.

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