The European Union in Egypt honoured yesterday the winners of its 11th annual photography competition entitled “Description of Modern Egypt” in a ceremony at Bayt Al-Sinnari, organised in cooperation with Bibliotheca Alexandrina (BA). Mr. Ivan Surkoš, Ambassador of the EU to Egypt, and Dr. Khaled Azab, Head of the BA Central Projects and Services Sector, attended the ceremony and inaugurated an exhibition showcasing the best 30 photos, which will be open to public until 19 December.
This year’s edition witnessed participation from 197 photographers, submitting more than 530 photos. The theme aimed at recording the Egyptians’ lifestyle during the 21st century as part of the celebration of the 210th anniversary of the publication of “Description de l’Égypte” (Description of Egypt) by “Institut d’Égypte” in 1809.
“The history of cooperation between Egypt and the EU is prosperous with many common achievements. Egypt is rich in its cultural heritage, and that’s why the EU has funded several projects to support preserving it,” said Mr. Surkoš. “For example, we launched a project that aims at reviving the Shali Fortress in Siwa. We also participated in funding the initiative of renovating the Egyptian Museum of Tahrir Square.”