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TWO AMERICANS, TWO CANADIANS AMONG 206 WINNERS IN UNITED NATIONS ENVIRONMENTAL PHOTO CONTEST

 TWO AMERICANS, TWO CANADIANS AMONG 206 WINNERS IN UNITED NATIONS
 ENVIRONMENTAL PHOTO CONTEST
 NEW YORK, May 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Two Americans and two Canadians were among the 206 winners of the United Nations Environment Programme's International Photographic Competition on the Environment announced today. The contest was sponsored by Canon,
 The North American winners were James Burton from Calgary, Alberta who won a bronze prize in the professional division; and Janet Haas, Milford, Mich.; Brian Cyr, Toronto, Ontario and Karen McClymonds from Livermore, Calif.; who all won bronze prizes in the amateur division.
 The contest drew 30,163 entries from 144 countries based on the competition theme, "Focus on Your World." It was the largest photo competition ever held involving a U.N. organization.
 Top award winners will receive their prizes during the World Environment Day (WED) ceremonies on June 6 in Rio de Janeiro. This ceremony is to be held during the first-ever "Earth Summit" -- the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) -- June 3 through 14. An exhibition of prize winning photos which will be shown at the WED ceremonies and continue throughout the Earth Summit.
 The winning photographers have been honored with prizes, medals, cash awards and commemorative certificates. Total prizes, including cash awards and Canon cameras, totaled approximately U.S.$147,000. The International Photographic Council, a supporter of the competition, announced that it will give special awards and gifts to the winners in both the professional and amateur divisions.
 "The photographs eloquently illustrate, without a doubt, that many people around the world pay great attention to environmental problems and are serious in their concern about the future of the earth," says Jan C. Ralph, a judge, chief, Communications Services Section, Communications and Project Management Division, Department of Public Information, United Nations. The judge's panel consisted of noted international photographers and high-ranking U.N. officials such as Jacqueline Augustine, director, International Photographic Council; David Coulson, well-known photographer and writer; and Takeyoshi Tanuma, vice president, Japan Photographic Society.
 "The quality of the photographs was extremely high," Ralph continued. "We were all impressed with the amateurs' photographs, which appealed to us with their sharp awareness of the environment and demonstrated angles, picture composition and photographic technique equivalent to the professionals' photos."
 The purpose of the competition was to raise awareness of environmental issues through a display of photos from around the world. UNEP, which commemorates its 20th anniversary this year, invited entries that depict either the good and positive aspects of the environment that should be preserved, the negative aspects that need to be improved, or both.
 Canon sponsored this competition as part of its corporate commitment to promoting a greater understanding of the world's environment to the general public.
 Following the Rio exhibit, the prize-winning photos will be prepared for a traveling exhibit to be seen in major cities around the world. They will also be published in a book, the proceeds of which UNEP will use in its efforts to preserve the environment as well as raise worldwide awareness of the state of the world around us.
 The patron of the competition is HRH the Prince of Wales. The competition was also supported by the United Nations Department of Public Information (UNDPI), the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), and the International Photographic Council (IPC), Varig Brazilian Airlines, Japan Airlines and the Eastern Kodak Company.
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