NEW YORK, April TK, 2013 – Seven first prize winners of the Tourism Authority of Thailand's (TAT) inaugural “My Thailand, My Story” contest will have their photographs featured in an exhibition in Washington, D.C. The photographers – who already accompanied National Geographic Travel photographer Alison Wright on an all-expenses paid trip to Thailand in 2012 – will have a selection of their works displayed at the Royal Thai Embassy on May 4, 2013.
Partnering with the National Geographic Travel Group, TAT asked photographers to share up to three original images online of any destination in the world. Judges from National Geographic selected seven winners from the submitted photos based on creativity, photographic quality and the ability to capture the essence of place. These individuals then traveled to Thailand on a weeklong trip to Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Phuket, documenting it on camera along the way. Upon returning, all seven photographers uploaded images from their journey to an online gallery hosted on NationalGeographic.com. Yen Baet, a self-taught photographer, won the overall grand prize and received a week-long gallery exhibition in New York City after receiving the most online votes from the general public over a month-long period.
Baet and the six other finalists, along with Alison Wright from National Geographic Travel, will have 24 photos on display throughout the Royal Thai Embassy, located at 1024 Wisconsin Ave. N.W. in Washington, D.C.
“We are thrilled to be able to take the ‘My Thailand, My Story’ experience to the nation’s capital,” said Srimala Waraphasakul, Director, Tourism Authority of Thailand–New York. “This competition was launched to tell the unique story of Thailand, our landmarks, and most importantly, our people, all through the use of still images. Washington, D.C. residents will now be able to sample the breathtaking beauty of Thailand without heading overseas.”
Located just 15 degrees north of the equator, “Amazing Thailand” is one of Southeast Asia’s premier travel destinations and home to well-known tourist locations including the capital city of Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket, Ko Samui and Pattaya. Known as the “land of smiles,” Thailand features some of the world’s finest luxury hotels and resorts, and offers visitors a rich tapestry of exotic architecture, culture, cuisine, traditions and exciting adventures. For more information on Thailand, visit www.tourismthailand.org/us.
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