The Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) yesterday unveiled the 22 winning entries in its photography contest on the theme “Cherish the Environment, Care for the Earth.”
The photographs demonstrate that love for one's surroundings does not take much and can be done as part of everyday life, the EPA said.
“EPA officials, photographers and environmental experts conducted several rounds of selection before picking the winners from a total of 890,” said Liu Tsong-yung (劉宗勇), director-general of the EPA's department of comprehensive planning.
The high number of entries was proof that people care about the environment, he said.
In the “environment” category, Chan Feng-ching's (詹鳳琴) Sun-dried Vegetables won the gold medal for showing how farmers make good use of their yards for drying their laundry in the sun, stocking rice, vegetables and for chatting after work, Liu said.
Other winners focused on bodies of water, with silver medalist Wu Chiu-ju's (吳秋菊) Emerald Mountain and Green Water Heaven highlighting the result of fish conservation in Taipei County's Jingualiau River (金瓜寮), he said.
In the “portrait” category, winners mostly submitted shots of volunteers cleaning the environment, with Lee Hsiu-li (李秀麗) winning the top prize with Joyful Beach Cleaning, which showed a group of community volunteers giving their time to create a cleaner environment for future generations, Liu said.
Runner-up Chao Shun-ching (趙順景) won with a piece titled Love for Environmental Protection, which showed environmental volunteer moms being cheered on by their children.
Winners will receive cash prizes — gold medalists will receive NT$30,000 each, silver medal winners NT$20,000 and bronze medalists NT$10,000 — and their award-winning pieces will be uploaded on the EPA Web site for public viewing, Liu said.
“They may also be used in EPA promotional publications in the future,” he said.