In February 2017, (as the followers of Jayspeakblog know), I entered an International Photography Contest, “Three Cities, Three Carnivals”, sponsored by my “school” in Nice – Alliance françaises with Les Alliances françaises de Venice and Rio. The contest took place between February 11 and March 10, 2017. Participants from each of Les Alliances françaises were allowed to submit two photos made during the Carnival to the Alliances françaises of their city. These are the two I submitted.
On April 7, 2017, The Nice local jury met and selected five photos from those sent by the Nice French Alliance of students. As a reminder, the Judges were looking for 1) relevance to the contest subject; 2) the choice and the originality of the subject and the point of view adopted; 3) the quality of photos – framing, originality, treatment of light, aesthetic considerations; and 4) compliance with the technical specifications mentioned above. Here are the selected photos from Nice.
This was a lot of fun. The Carnival of Nice is one of the largest carnivals in the world and the highlight of the French Riviera in winter. This year’s theme was King of Energy. There were seventeen tanks, some with a height of twenty meters that told the story of the King of Energy. It is too bad that I did not go to the parades. Steve and I did not go last year. Huge grandstands. A LOT of people. Gendarmes with guns everywhere. I was hoping for a good shot because I was in the area a lot. I tried to capture the excitement and festivity filling the air. Nice was electric with energy. Maybe next year.
The next key date is June 7, 2017. The International Jury at the French Alliance Foundation in Paris will select the three prizes from among the pre-selected photographs from Nice, Rio, and Venice. Then, on June 29, 2017, the award ceremony will be held in Nice by Jérôme Clément, President of the French Alliance Foundation. If I am invited, I will go.