Philippine Ambassador to Japan Awards Winners in Japan Through Diplomats’ Eyes 2015 Photo Exhibition

Ambassador Manuel M. Lopez and H.I.H Princess Takamado in front of the winning entries of the “Hidden Japan 2015 – through Diplomats’ Eyes” photo exhibition. (Photo courtesy of The Japan Times)

Philippine Ambassador to Japan Manuel M. Lopez, Chairperson of the Executive Committee of the Japan Through Diplomats’ Eyes 2015 photo exhibition, joined Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamado, Honorary President of the Japan Through Diplomats’ Eyes, in awarding the winners of this year’s photo exhibition at Roppongi Hills Café/Space on 8 October 2015.

The Japan Through Diplomats’ Eyes 2015 photo exhibition was first held in 1998 to promote cross-cultural understanding through the medium of photography. Every year, diplomats are encouraged to explore and take photographs to get to know Japan and its people better. The diplomats’ photographs are then displayed in Tokyo and other cities, providing the Japanese a chance to see their country from a different perspective.

This year’s photo exhibition, with the theme of “Hidden Japan 2015 – through Diplomats’ Eyes”, featured photo entries from a record number of 67 participants representing 43 countries.

After unveiling the winning entries, H.I.H. Princess Takamado presented the Prince Takamado Memorial Prize to Mr. Attila Erdos, Minister Counsellor of the Embassy of Hungary, while Ambassador Lopez presented the Grand Prize to Ambassador of Pakistan to Japan Farukh Amil. Ambassador Lopez also presented the prizes to the five individuals who received the Jury Special Mention Award. (END)

LEFT: Ambassador Lopez awards the Grand Prize to Ambassador of Pakistan Farukh Amil. RIGHT: H.I.H. Princess Takamado, Ambassador Lopez and officers and staff of the Philippine Embassy. (Photos courtesy of The Japan Times)

H.I.H. Princess Takamado with the Executive Committee and the winners of the Japan Through Diplomats Eyes 2015. (Photos courtesy of Mr. Shinobu Abe)