Tourism agency calls for photos of North KoreaThe Korea National Tourism Organization, with the support of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism and the Ministry of Unification, is hosting its first North Korea photography contest. Submissions are being accepted starting today, with a deadline of Sept. 30.
Organizers created this contest because they foresee rising interest in North Korean tourism. “In the past 10 years, more people have been able to visit North Korea, and we believe there are a lot of vivid pictures out there,” said Park Hyeong-gyu, with KNTO, in a press release.
The contest is open to amateur and professional photographers of all nationalities who have traveled to North Korea in the past three years. Each individual will be allowed three submissions as long as they have not been published elsewhere. The format is either digital, slides or 8-by-10 inch prints. Digitally altered photos will be disqualified.
Organizers are looking for pictures of the landscape, tourist attractions, cultural heritage, portraits and events in North Korea. Photos of one of the most popular tourist attractions of North Korea, Mt. Geumgang, or Diamond Mountain, will not be accepted, nor will personal photos and photos depicting political views. Submissions can be uploaded to www.travel-northkorea.com.
The grand prize winner will receive 1 million won ($870). The gold-prize winner will receive 800,000 won, followed by a 600,000-won prize, two 500,000-won prizes and five 300,000-won prizes. Award winning entries will be announced on Oct. 27 on the Web site, www.travel-northkorea.com.
by Joe Yong-hee
For more information, visit KNTO’s Web site at www.knto.or.kr.