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State Counsellor attends prize-presentation of 9th Yangon Photo Night-2017

State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi delivering an address at the prize-presentation ceremony of the 9th Yangon Photo Night 2017 which depicts the ethnic peoples and the freedom of expression.

State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi graced the prize-presentation ceremony of the 9th Yangon Photo Night 2017 at the French Cultural Institute in Yangon yesterday.
The ceremony was organized by the Yangon French Cultural Institute and the French Embassy on Pyay Road here at 6 pm yesterday.
In his opening address, Director of the French Cultural Institute Mr. Charles Bonhomme honoured Myanmar photographers for depiction of the ethnic peoples and the freedom of expression at the show which was visited by 1.5 million people around the world. Mr. Bonhomme also expressed his pleasure for being able to organize the show at Maha Bandoola Park in downtown Yangon for the first time.
The State Counsellor in her address said she had visited the Yangon Photo Night for six years in a row and found it ever interesting and new. She said the photo exhibition was a showcase of the gradual progress of young Myanmar photographers most of whom became masters in this profession through this competition. Initially they were not real photographers, she noted, adding, the important part of the competition was the creative ideas and views of Myanmar youths who had high potentials. She then thanked the Cultural Institute of the French Embassy for organizing the show and for encouraging the artistic skills of Myanmar citizens with high regard and trust. Encouraging the art in reality was supporting a world-wide interesting subject, she noted.
She also expressed that the country welcomed any event which would bring about understanding and peace between human beings, diverse cultures, and diverse viewpoints as conflicts cannot be solved without understanding.
Following her address, the presentation ceremony continued.
The State Counsellor presented the first prize to Khun Latt, who won the first prize in the professional category, with his “The Forgotten War”.
The Yangon Photo Night 2017 was divided into the amateur and professional categories, selecting 15 best photos among 80 photo-stories.
The best 2016-2017 Myanmar photo-stories were selected by a panel of judges who were expert photographers with years of international experience.

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