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Photo finish: guest photographer contest comes to an end


From January to September, the Parliament ran another edition of its annual guest photographer contest. Inspired by 2015 being the European Year for Development, a new theme was announced every month, such as education, health and migration. The winners were invited to the November plenary session in Strasbourg. Read on to find out what they thought of the experience.

Through Parliament's website and social media channels, people were invited to send in their submissions. Everyone had the opportunity to vote for their favourite photo every month and the photographer who took the most popular photo overall became the public vote winner, a while a jury also selected their winner. Both winners were invited to Strasbourg to create a photo reportage, where they also met with Irish EPP member Mairead McGuinness, the vice-president responsible for communication. The best photos are now being exhibited on the Parliament grounds in Strasbourg until January. 

The experience proved to be an eventful one for the two contest winners. Jury prize winner  Éva Szabó said: "I enjoyed the visit of the Parliament in Strasbourg a lot. It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience to see my photo among the best ones in a beautiful exhibition inside the Parliament's building. It was an honour to see and take photos of the members' work in the plenary chamber. The building of the Parliament - though resembling a labyrinth at times - is fascinating. Check out her photos on Flickr.

Public prize winner Rosabella De Angelis added: "Dynamic! Energetic! Movement! Three elements that characterised the two days spent in the European Parliament, filled with unique moments. Between the visit inside, along the many labyrinthine corridors, the hemicycle and the visit outside around the building the experience was fantastic." Check out her photos on Flickr.

Get all the details in our guest photographer top story