24-Year Old Russian Man Wins UNESCO
Contest on Cultural Diversity
PLACE remains true to its mission of supporting initiatives
communicating to diverse audiences the world's Cultural and
Environmental heritage and diversity through the power of images.
Its recent project with UNESCO highlights the impact of original
visual content in promoting cultural understanding.
The international jury for the UNESCO video
contest, "My Declaration", has awarded the first prize to Mr.
Evgeny Tarasov, a 24-year old Russian student, for his video
"Around the world in one day".
Evgeny Tarasov, Winner
The members of the jury cited the video's "simplicity and humor,
as well as its ironical but smart interpretation of the theme", and
its "rhythm", in making their decision.
A "Special Public Mention" for the video that earned the highest
number of on line votes went to 21 year-old Mr. Jorge Sistos
Moreno from Mexico for his video "Diversity is the other".
The two videos (number 34 and number
28) can be viewed here.
The "My Declaration" competition, open
to budding filmmakers aged 18 to 24, was launched by UNESCO in
September 2011 to educate young people on the principles of
cultural diversity as part of the commemoration of the tenth
anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration on Cultural
The contestants were asked to produce a film showcasing their
personal vision of the meaning and future of cultural diversity.
All styles and genres were accepted, but videos could not be
subtitled or dubbed: verbal communication was not to be an
essential factor to understanding.
By mobilizing the network of UNESCO Associated Schools, over
30,000 young people viewed the videos and nearly 1,000 participated
in online voting. Five finalists were selected based on voting
results, and an international jury selected the winner.
The lucky winner will receive a Panasonic camera that
has been donated by "OUR PLACE" World Heritage, the UNESCO
partnered organization that is photographically documenting and
promoting the sites on the UNESCO WH list. Visit to
view the hundreds of photos in their WH site galleries. OUR
PLACE believes that quality photography is a great tool for world
heritage preservation and protection.
More information on the "My Declaration"