Tallinn, Feb 20,
2003. A jury of the Estonian Newspaper Association on Feb 5 picked
the best of Estonia's photojournalism in 2002.
The best news photo of 2002 is a photograph taken by Rauno Volmar of
Eesti Päevaleht at the Centre Party's election night celebration
after the local elections in October 2002. The photo depicts the
Centre Party Chairman Edgar Savisaar observing the dance
presentation of some sexily clothed girls. According to the jury,
the photo, which was published in Eesti Päevaleht on 22 October, has
masterfully caught one of Estonia's leading politicians from
an unexpected perspective.
Photo by Rauno Volmar
Of the news photos
published in regional newspapers, the winner was Tartu Postimees
photographer Ove Maidla with the photo depicting a sheep farmer with
her sheep as they were surprised by the early snow. The photo was
published on 10 October.
Photo by Ove Maidla
In the feature photo category, SL Õhtuleht photographer Tiina
Kõtsini's photo series of a public paid-for toilet in Toompea was
considered the best. The series depicts a woman using the back wall of
the toilet, which cost a controversially high sum of 2.3 million
kroons to be built, to release herself. The series, which was
published on 17 January, has captured an
embarrassing moment which as such becomes a multi-layered symbol of
the present state of the Estonian society.
Tiina Kõrtsini's series faced considerable competition from Ingmar
Muusikus's photo series depicting the Teelahkme residence area which
has been ironically dubbed the new Lasnamäe, named after the infamous
area of tower block houses in Tallinn. The photo was published in
Eesti Ekspress's Reporter supplement on 11 April.
Photo by Ingmar Muusikus
Eesti Päevaleht photographer Rauno Volmar's portrait of 'Aunt Maali'
was also highly ranked in the feature photo category. This was the
last ever photo taken of the symbolic heroine of the Estonian media,
who has become a unique representation of common people.
Photo by Rauno Volmar
Eesti Päevaleht photographer Marko Mumm's photos of the Youth Song
Festival, published on 1-6 July, were also considered masterful in
their vivid details.
Among the feature photos published in regional newspapers, Ants
Liigus's photo was selected the best. The photo showed a pig at an
exhibition in Pärnu as both as an exhibit and as a viewer. The picture
was published in Pärnu Postimees on 13 April.
Photo by Ants Liigus
Altogether, 38 news photos and 38 feature photos were sent in to the
competition. It was for the first time in the six-year history of
Press Award photo contest that the news photo and the feature photo
were awarded separately.
The award for the news photo of the year was 10,000 kroons and the
news photo of the year of regional papers 2,500 kroons.
Members of the Jury were the following: photographers Tiit Veermäe,
Toomas Volmer and Meelis Lokk; Roosmarii Kurvits, lecturer of
newspaper design; Kertu Ruus, editor of civil society newspaper Foorum
and Tarmu Tammerk, managing director of Estonian Newspaper
Estonian Newspaper Association