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SEEMO Human Rights Photo Award 2012

Serbian Photographer Wins SEEMO Human Rights Photo Award
Vienna, 21 May 2012
  "Award winning photograph, "Rucak na barikadi", (Lunch at the Barricades), shot on Sep. 18, 2011 by Igor Pavicevic"  

The South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) announced that Serbian journalist Igor Pavicevic won the 2012 SEEMO Human Rights Photo Award. The winning photograph, “Ručak na barikadi”, (Lunch at the Barricades), shot on Sep. 18, 2011, in Jarinje, Kosovo, was selected by the SEEMO jury, headed by Radomir Licina (Danas daily, Belgrade, Serbia).

Pavicevic works as a photojournalist for the Belgrade-based Press daily. He has previously worked for different publications, including Balkan and Internacional. Pavicevic was handed the award on May 17, 2012, during a ceremony and exhibition organized by the Beta news agency. The SEEMO Human Rights Award is part of the Beta Photo Award Competition.  BETA has been organising this photo competition since 2004 and SEEMO has participated for the past five years with its special award.

The winners of the 2012 Beta Photo Award are: Sanja Knezevic, Amnesty International, Serbia; Vadim Ghirda,  AP, Romania; and  Milos Cvetkovic, Blic, Serbia. A special award for best sports photograph, sponsored by Telekom, went to Bulgarian photographer Kostadin Andonov.

The winning SEEMO Human Rights Photo Award photograph, as well as the runners-up, will be printed in SEEMO publications and published on the SEEMO website:  The runners-up are: “The Balkans”, Petar Markovic, Blic, Serbia; “Greek Unrest 2”, Milos Bicanski, Getty Images, Greece;  “Boy poverty”, Tomislav Georgiev, Magazin Fokus, Macedonia;  “The Flower of Youth”, Dado Ruvic, Reuters, Bosnia and  Herzegovina; “I Am a Man, Too”, Nebojsa Markovic, Blic, Serbia;  “Illegal Immigrants”, Boris Kovacev, Cropix, Croatia;  “Don Quixote”, Andjelko Vasiljevic, Politika, Serbia; “Mother and Child”, Mirza Subasic, Nasa Rijec, Bosnia and Herzegovina; “Kolo Dance”, Dragan Karadarevic, Vecernje Novosti, Serbia; “Feeding people”, Stipe Surac, freelance photographer, Croatia; “Future Parade Commander”,  Dusan Mitic, Tanjug, Serbia ; “Waiting for Coffee”, Zvonimir Barisin, Cropix, Croatia; “Feminine Race”, Emil Vas, Beta, Serbia; “Frost”, Vadim Ghirda, AP, Romania; “Civilization”, Marina Kelava,, Croatia; and “Carpathia”, Stipe Surac,  freelance photographer, Croatia.

The winners of the previous SEEMO competitions are: 2008 - Maja Zlatevska, Dnevnik, Skopje (Marko Djurica, Blic/Reuters, received a Certificate of  Distinction); 2009 - Nebojsa Radosavljevic-Raus, freelance photographer, Belgrade, Serbia; 2010 - Mahir Vranac, freelance photographer, Bosnia and Herzegovina; and 2011 - Janko Petkovic, Beta, Serbia.

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Call for Submission of Entries for 2012 SEEMO Human Rights Photo Award
Vienna, 19 March 2012

As part of the BETA Photograph of the Year competition, the Vienna-based South and East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI), calls for the submission of entries for its 2012 SEEMO Human Rights Photo Award. All professional photojournalists working and taking photographs in South East and Central Europe are eligible to participate.  The closing date for submissions is 22 April 2012.

This is the ninth consecutive photo competition organized by the Belgrade-based BETA news agency. SEEMO is participating for the fifth time. The competition is designed to promote professional achievements in photojournalism in South East Europe. The winner of the BETA Photograph of the Year competition is awarded 1,000 EUR. The runner-up receives 750 EUR and the third spot gets 500 EUR.

The winner of the SEEMO Human Rights Photo Award, selected by a special panel of judges, receives a special plaque. The wining photograph, as well as other photos selected by the SEEMO jury, will be published on the SEEMO website and in its publications, De Scripto magazine and the South, East and Central Europe Media Handbook.=

The main sponsor of the BETA photo competition, Telekom Srbija, will award the best sports photograph.

All awards will be presented during the inaugural exhibition of selected works, which will take place in the New Moment Gallery in Belgrade, Serbia, on 17 May 2012, at 6 p.m.

BETA will publish a catalogue of all exhibited works. 

The terms of the competition are posted at

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Previous winners of the SEEMO Human Rights Photo Award are:

2011:  Janko Petkovic (Serbia), photographer with BETA and Hello fashion magazine, for the photograph Proboj ("Breakthrough").

2010: Mahir Vranac (Bosnia and Herzegovina), freelance photographer, for the photograph Protest poljoprivrednika – Podjela hrane (“Farmers' Protest – Food Distribution”)

2009: Nebojsa Radosavljevic-Raus (Serbia), freelance photographer, for the photograph Sudbina (“Destiny”)

2008: Maja Zlatevska (Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia), photographer with Dnevnik, for the photograph Zatvor (“Prison”).

2008: Marko Djurica, special distinction, for the photograph Liturgija(“Liturgy”)

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