On January 26, U.S. Ambassador Andrew Schapiro presented awards for the three winning photographs of the U.S. Embassy’s “America Through Your Eyes” photo contest. First place was awarded to Pavel Mares for his picture “Nebraska Sunset; ”second place was awarded to Tomas Vaverka for his photograph “In the Sky,” and third place was awarded to Iva Gejdosova and her picture “Now.” The winning photographs can be seen here.
The U.S. Embassy launched the “America Through Your Eyes” photo competition in June 2015 to identify creative and representational depictions of American life through pictures of nature and everyday life. The contest concluded in October 2015 and the competing photographs were displayed on U.S. Embassy Facebook page in November 2015. U.S. Embassy Facebook fans voted on the pictures by “liking” their favorites.
The awards ceremony was part of the opening of an exhibition of photos from project “We Are from the Same Planet”. The exhibition was opened by famed Czech photographer Jindřich Štreit, author of some of the photographs that depict 30 foreigners who have been living in the Czech Republic. The exhibition is organized in cooperation with Czech NGO “We Are from the Same Planet” and the Instituto Cervantes Praha where second part of the exhibition will be available from February 10.