Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Photo contest: And the winner is ...

Readers have voted, and we have a winner.

Johannes Gartner's photograph of an athlete playing with a soccer ball on the heights of Montmartre above Paris was the clear favorite in our contest.

Gartner, a current student at SAIS Europe, won more than a quarter of the votes for his picture, among 20 in the competition.

"I took the image when I was stopping over in Paris for a few days to meet friends on a train journey from Vienna to London," Gartner said.

"We were sitting on the stairs in front of Sacré Cœur, and I spotted the footballer, who I had already seen balancing his football around at the same place at other times before. I was quick to grab my father's Canon EOS 300D. That man turns football into art."

It turns out that the footballer, Iya Traore, is a cultural sensation in France. Traore's football idol? Ronaldinho.

For his victory, Johannes wins a Bologna Center tee shirt plus a book of his choice from among five written by SAIS Europe professors.

Amar Causevic, a SAIS Europe student in 2011-12, took second place with his photo from Gorazde, Bosnia & Herzegovina, while Nathan Shepura, like Johannes a current student, came in third with his picture from the Saharan Desert in Morocco.

Thank you to all of the photographers who submitted work and to those who voted in the contest.

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