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An image from the Space Shooter series by Ula Tarasiewicz.
photo: sittcomm

Youth triumphs at sittcomms

PAULA Muhr from Serbia and Ula Tarasiewicz from Poland were named the new winners of the sittcomm awards for photographers from Central and Eastern Europe at a ceremony in Bratislava on November 3.

The award was set up last year by young professionals looking to support photographers from Central and Eastern Europe and promote their work across Europe.

The award ceremony included a slideshow of the winners' photos and pictures by the other finalists and promising photographers.

A total of 83 photographers entered the competition this year. The jury - which consisted of Gergely László

An image from the Tata series by Paula Muhr.
photo: sittcomm

(Hungary), Helena Musilová (the Czech Republic), Krzysztof Miekus (Poland), Martin Kollár (Slovakia), and Lucia Nimcová (Slovakia) - short-listed four finalists and then agreed on awarding two of them.

The jury based their decision on the winners' photographic series completed in 2006 or 2007 and their artistic record.

This year, organisers expanded the scope of eligible photographers to include all of Central and Eastern Europe and dropped the age limit, which had been set at 35.

Open cellars sell out

ONLY those lucky enough to have advance tickets to the Day of Open Cellars can look forward to the popular event. All 3,500 tickets to the two-day wine festival, starting on November 16, sold out a month before its start.

The festival is offering wine lovers a taste of this year's vintages, as well as some older wines, in 90 wine cellars on the Small Carpathian Wine Route (MVC), which starts in Bratislava and ends in Trnava.

Some of the cellars are small, but organisers have resisted selling more tickets out of concern for the quality of the event.

"It's regrettable, because this is its eighth year and we have been trying to increase its quality and add new cellars to the list every year," Milan Pavelka, the chairman of the Association of the Small Carpathian Wine Route, wrote on the MVC web site. Organisers have also prepared another Day of Open Cellars, which will take place on May 24, one day before St. Urban Day, which honours the patron saint of wine growers.

These are not the only events organised for wine lovers. Winemakers and towns and villages on the route also hold their own festivities. For more information, go to www.mvc.sk.

By Jana Liptáková

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