The five winners of the “Vets in your daily life” photo competition were announced today by DG SANCO and the World Organisation for Animal Health. The competition was launched to help celebrate World Veterinary Year 2011.

Winning photographs from (top to bottom) Asia, Middle East, Africa, the Americas and Europe.The five talented winners of the “Vets in your daily life” photo competition were announced today by DG SANCO, the European Commission’s Directorate General for Health and Consumers and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).

DG SANCO launched the worldwide photography competition earlier this year, to coincide with World Vet Year 2011, celebrating the 250th anniversary of the veterinary profession.

The five winners are:

  • Somenath Mukhopadhyay (Winner for Asia),
  • Genoveva Kriechbaum (Winner for Middle East),
  • Molly Feltner (Winner for Africa),
  • Ariel Alejandro Corvalán Herrera (Winner for the Americas), and
  • István Konyhás (Winner for Europe).

István Konyhás, European winner and leader of the Hungarian Working Group of Cranes said: “The photo I took in Hortobagy’s Bird Hospital (a foundation set up for healing injured wild birds) highlights the care put into healing an injured stork. It also reflects the meticulousness of Dr János Déri trying to re-instate the lost parts of the stork’s beak with dental treatment.

“As a volunteer of the foundation I have taken photos of their work for years so I am pleased to be one of the winners and with the prize money, I hope to be able to take even more interesting and striking photos.”

Molly Feltner, African winner and communications officer for the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project (MGVP) said: “I am delighted to be one of the winners of this photo competition and am particularly proud of what this photos highlights. Working with the MGVP in Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) we are dedicated to saving the lives of mountain gorillas. This photo beautifully depicts the doctor-patient relationship between MGVP’s veterinarians and gorillas.” 

This year’s Veterinary Week, from May 16-22, aims to highlight the contribution of the veterinary profession to society under the slogan “Vets in your daily life.” This includes a conference on “Crisis Management in the Food Chain” (organised by the European Commission) which runs today and tomorrow (May 19, 20), during which commissioner John Dalli will present the prizes to the regional winners of the international photographic competition organised jointly with the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE). 

Events to celebrate the Vet Week will be taking place not just in Brussels, but across the European Union.Winner Europe

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