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Announcement of 2017 OIE Photo Competition Winners

Today, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) has unveiled the highly anticipated results of its Photo competition by announcing ten winners on its dedicated website: www.oiephotocompetition.com. Launched in February and titled “Animal health and welfare beyond the cliché”, the competition was an opportunity for entrants to showcase the work done worldwide by animal health players in the implementation of OIE International Standards.

 
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Paris, 19 May 2017 –For three consecutive years, the competition was open to the OIE Global Network and veterinary students from all over the world. Additionally this year the competition spread its wings wider to receive photos from employees of OIE partner organisations in a bid to foster cooperation. Its main theme was sub-divided into six possible themes for the photos, i.e. animal disease surveillance, disease prevention and control; animal welfare; animal production systems; aquatic animal health and production systems; One Health; and veterinary education

Clichés about animal health and welfare as well as on the veterinary profession are numerous in the collective unconscious, and photos depicting the topic often do not capture the reality of the related activities on the ground.  The aim of the competition was therefore to visually and creatively show the work done worldwide by animal health and welfare players to protect animal health and promote welfare through the implementation of OIE International Standards.
 
The submitted photos were of an extremely remarkable quality. The introduction of a website entirely dedicated to the photo competition was instrumental in the increase in applications, and not only allowed entrants to upload their photos but also acquire more knowledge on the competition and its short but extremely positive history. 

Under strict anonymous conditions, the jury, composed of Dr Monique Eloit, OIE Director General, Dr Botlhe Michael Modisane, President of the OIE, and Dr Frédéric Decante, veterinary practitioner and press photographer, evaluated the photographs which best demonstrated, in an aesthetically appealing and artistically captivating manner, the work carried out by animal health and welfare players in the implementation of OIE International Standards.

The prizes will be awarded at the Opening Ceremony of the upcoming 85th General Session of the World Assembly of OIE Delegates in Paris, on Sunday 21th of May, 2017.

The OIE congratulates the awardees and deeply thanks the numerous participants!

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