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Poles Win Prizes in Photo Contest
February 20, 2008   
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Two Poles were among talented photographers who picked up prizes in the latest World Press Photo competition.

First prize in the Arts and Entertainment Stories category went to Poland's Rafał Milach. His pictures show retired circus artists. Milach, a native of Gliwice in the southern region of Silesia, is a graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow and the Institute of Creative Photography in the Czech Republic. His pictures are published by leading Polish and international newspapers and magazines, such as Newsweek, Polityka, Gazeta Wyborcza, Le Monde Economie and The Guardian Weekend Magazine.

His works have been exhibited in Poland, Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, Spain and Japan. He has won awards at international photo competitions such as the Grand Press Photo and the Mio Photo Award.

Pole Tomasz Gudzowaty won third prize in the Sports Singles category jointly with Hungarian Judit Berekai.

Gudzowaty's photo is a black-and-white image of yoga practitioners in India maintaining a trance. Gudzowaty has previously won five World Press Photo awards. In 1999 he won in the Nature and Environment category, and took second place in the same category a year later. In 2003, he received first prize in the Sports Singles category and a second award in the Sports Stories category. In 2006, he was third in the Sports Features Stories category.

Gudzowaty comes from Warsaw. He graduated from the Law and Administration Department of Warsaw University.

This year's World Press Photo awards were handed out for the 51st time. A record number of 5,000 photographers from 125 countries submitted works for the competition, which dates back to 1955.

Joanna Matysiak
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