Tallinn, Feb 4, 2002. The photo jury of the Estonian Newspaper
Association's annual press awards has selected the best news photos
The jury selected as the best
news photo of 2001 a picture by Toomas Huik, photographer
for the Postimees daily. The photo, which appeared on March 16,
2001, gives a vivid story of what the board members of the privatization
agency think of the judge who was presiding over this complicated
A close second to the Best of the Year was a photo
by Rauno Volmar, (May 10 issue of Eesti Päevaleht). The photo
shows a cruel fight for cut-price TV sets during the opening of
a new store. The jury also praised a masterful photo
by Ingmar Muusikus in Reporter, a supplement to Eesti Ekspress.
The photo shows an unusually canny expression on the face of Arnold
Rüütel, who was waiting for the vote count which made him president
of the country.
Among the news photos in the regional press, the best
one was in the April 12 issue of Sakala, where photographer Elmo
Riig had caught a humorous picture of a bear who had come to
inspect how people live.
The jury also praised the photo
"Mobile Seto" in Koit, in which Aare Plakk had
captured a cute detail on a woman wearing traditional Seto folk
costumes while campaigning against the construction of a mobile
telephone mast in the region. Also worthy of merit was a discreet
photo by Urmas Luik
in Pärnu Postimees, which shows the mass funeral of victims who
died after drinking some poisoned bootleg drink.
The jury made the selection out of 68 photos sent in by 28 photographers.
The quality of photos was better this year, the jury noted. The
photos were more tied to the news events and the accompanying articles,
and more full of dynamism than in previous contests. There has also
been an improvement in cropping.
The winner in the national category received a prize of 10 000
kroons, and in the regional category, 2 500 kroons, from a press
contest fund set up by newspapers.
The jury members were photographers Tiit Veermäe, Jüri Vendelin
and Toomas Volmer, newspaper desing lecturer Roosmarii Kurvits
and Estonian Newspaper Association's managing director Tarmu
Estonian Newspaper Association (EALL)