Minister of Tourism Development and Christian Religious Affairs, John Amaratunga, President of the Leisure Sector of the John Keells Group, Krishan Balendra, Chairman of the Tourism Development Authority, Paddy Withana, General Manager - Product Marketing at/of Mobitel, Isuru Dissanayake, President of the Sri Lanka Institute of National Tourist Guide Lecturers, Indika Vithanage and Chief Executive Officer of eMarketingEye, Rajitha Dahanayake are seen here speaking about the photography competition. (Pics by Nayanaka Ranwella and Chathura Kodikara)

An international photographic and video exhibition giving the biggest ever prize money in that category either in Sri Lanka or in the Asian region has been organized with Cinnamon Hotels and Resorts Group taking the lead role.

According to Chitral Jayatillake of Cinnamon Hotels, the objective is to fill, what he described, as a void that existed for Sri Lanka in showcasing international travel and tourism. The wide interest the exercise will stimulate is geared to further promote Sri Lanka as an attractive destination The contest offers five thousand US Dollars plus 21 days  assignment in Sri Lanka with return air passage in the photo category, while, the video category offers two thousand US dollars and 12 days assignment with return air fare. The first place winners will be titled “Cinnamon Year’s Best Photographer”. Jayathillake also thanked all stakeholders who have volunteered to help in the various commitements.

Sri Lanka Tourism is also associated with the contest and they would be the beneficiary of receiving a picture library in excess of fifty thousand photographs and video clips of high professional quality. One condition of entry is that all entries submitted will become the property of Sri Lanka Tourism and would be used to promote our country as a destination.
There are seven categories of entry, Nature, Culture & People, Town & Geo, Activity &Valour,.  Entries will close on May 15th 2017, with details available at


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