BEIRUT: The Environment Ministry encouraged Lebanese youth to take photographs that will preserve the image of Lebanon's natural landscape Monday, in the third edition of the "Green Your Screen" competition starting July 1.
“The aim of this contest is to encourage people to return to nature through scenic images that embody the beauty and creativity in Lebanon, in order to show a beautiful image of the country in light of all the negative visuals the security situation brings along,” Camille al-Rayyes, one of the organizers of the competition, told The Daily Star.
The contest is targeting Lebanese photographers aged 15 and above. Participants are asked to submit a captivating digital nature shot of a Lebanese landscape. The submitted photo must also be accompanied by a description in either Arabic or English.
Submissions are to be made at www.greenyourscreen.com, starting July 1. Users can create a profile and submit up to five images.
“In the next two days, the website will be transformed into a social media network. Users will be able to share photos and provide feedback through comments and likes,” Rayyes said.
An independent panel will judge the submissions in two phases. The first will narrow down the submissions into a top 10, before selecting the first, second and third prize winners.
The evaluation criteria will be based on Facebook likes and creativity, alongside the quality of the picture’s framing, colors and expressions.
The panel of judges consists of Lebanese artist Bernard Renno, Lebanese photographer Jean Pierre Tarabay and nature enthusiast Michel Esta.
The top three photographs will be published in a local magazine and the three winners will receive a one-night stay at the Chouf Cedar reserve. The first place winner, however, will have a cedar tree planted in his name.
The top three prizes all include a Canon camera. Frist place will receive a Canon Pro, while the second and third places will also receive Canon cameras of a lesser grade.
The strongest three contenders will also receive other prizes estimated at a total value of $2,500, $1,500 and $700 dollars for first, second and third place.
The competition, organized under the auspices of the Environment Ministry in collaboration with the Chouf Cedar Reserve, will start receiving submissions at 9 a.m. Tuesday. The deadline for participation is set for 11 p.m. on Aug. 1.
The first two editions of the "Green your Screen" competitions, organized in 2012 and 2013, attracted more than 5,000 participants and more than 4,500 submissions from 170 Lebanese towns.