Csaba Dömötör, Parliamentary State Secretary of the Prime Minister’s Office, said at the awards ceremony held in the Eiffel Workshop House that this year’s competition received more entries than ever before, nearly 37,000.
Later this month, an exhibition of selected photos will be opened on the Danube embankment in downtown Pest, while the works will be presented to the public in several venues as well in the coming months.
The competition was open to entries of individual images or a series of images in three categories: nature and landscape, architectural heritage, and life. The jury awarded three prizes in each category. The first prize was HUF 1 million, with a second prize of HUF 500,000 and a third of HUF 300,000.
According to the jury’s decision, the first prize in the Nature and Landscape category went to Ákos Lőrincz’s “Ködhatár”, the second to Esteban Sanchez’s “Tejivó” (Drinking milk) and the third to Csaba Daróczi’s “Szélhajtó küszök”.
The Audience Prize was awarded to Márton Kiss for his photo “Start”. The special prize of the Hungarian Nature Hiking Association was awarded to Kornél Makovics for his series entitled “Viharvadászat” (Storm Hunting).
In the category of Architectural Heritage, the jury’s first prize went to Balázs Kovásznai’s “Több millió év “ (Several million years in one picture), the second prize to Zsolt Horváth’s “Megyeri Bridge” and the third prize to Gyula Németh László’s series “Tópark”. The public prize was awarded to Tamás Rizsavi’s “Budapest Metro”. The special prize of the Hungarian Tourism Agency went to László Bella’s “A magányos kápolna” (The Lonely Chapel).
In the Life category, István M. Kerekes won first place with his picture “+Egy verseny margójár” (On the margins of a competition), Béla Dusha was second with his picture “Tisztelgés a tudósnak” (Salute to the scientist) and Szmolanka was third with his picture “Let me have Lake Balaton”. The audience prize went to Balázs Papdi’s photo of “Hőlégballonok Szegeden és környékén” (Hot air balloons in and around Szeged).
The special prize of the National Association of Large Families was awarded to Alexandra Zsoldos for her photo entitled “Az igen után” (After the Yes), while the special prize of the Opera House went to István Kerekes M. for “Start”.