Ministry, firm collaborate for national tourism photo competition in May

Posted: February 22, 2012 in general

In line with the desire of the federal government to boost tourism in Nigeria, plans are underway to hold the inaugural edition of the National Tourism Photo Competition.

The event is a private sector initiative in partnership with the Federal Ministry of Tourism, Culture and National Orientation, which seeks to encourage people to capture for posterity the beauty of the various tourism attractions and locations scattered all over the country and boost the patronage of these destinations.

Speaking of the upcoming event, Ms. Rosemary Okeke, Managing Director, Romarox Resources Limited, the company promoting the competition, said the aim of the national competition is to exploit the wealth of the tourism industry, which is a non-oil sector that is a goldmine untapped, and sensitize the public and also sustain their interest in the sector that has been neglected for years in Nigeria.

“The focus is for all Nigerians to participate, whether amateur or professional, especially now that most handsets come with cameras. The competition focuses on people and their way of life, places and environments, pleasure and icons.”

She said the time has come for Nigerians to entrench leisure and relaxation as part of their value system and to improve health and productivity by appreciating the environment and its endowments.

Okeke, former Miss Nigeria, described the competition as her modest way of promoting and positioning tourism as leisure in the country with its attendant reward. She also explained that unlike other competitions, top winners would have various cash prizes and digital photo studios to empower the lucky ones and make them better citizens.

According to the organizers, entries for the competition will commence on February 25 and end on May 30, with six zonal draws and a grand finale.

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