Introduction         The winners        The jury        The competition


The jury of the 6th PES Group photo competition "Europe, I have something to tell you" met on 25 October in Brussels to select the three winning entries amongst the 137 photos that had been preselected

The choice was obviously not easy as a lot of good photos were submitted for the competition and there are a million different things that can be told the Europe.

In addition to the jury selection, a public prize vote had been organised on our facebook page in September.

Karl-Heinz Lambertz President of the PES Group in the Committee of the Regions, and Marc Schaefer, President of the jury, will welcome the winners at the award ceremony, to be held on 28 November 2013 at the headquarters of the Committee of the Regions in Brussel.

Once again we would like to thank all participants in the competition for their interest in the EU and we already invite you all to join us in March 2014 for the seventh edition of the competition. In the meantime, stay creative!


And the winners are...



1st Prize:

Andrea De Santis

28 years old, Ostia Antica, Italy

A 3 days trip for two persons to Brussels, and photographic / electronic equipment worth 2000 €.




2nd Prize

Jean-Michel Ceas

65 years old, Clapiers, France

A 3 days trip for two persons to Brussels, and photographic / electronic equipment worth 1500 €.




3rd Prize

Luisanna Paiusco

26 years old, Vicenza, Italy

A 3 days trip for two persons to Brussels, and photographic / electronic equipment worth 500 €.



Public Prize

Valentinos Stefanou

31 years old, Yiolou, Cyprus

A 3 days trip for two persons to Brussels, and photographic/electronic equipment worth 500 €.










The jury

Marc Schaefer - President

Mayor of Vianden, Luxembourg, Member of
the PES Group in the Committee of the Regions

Marc Schaefer is the mayor of Vianden, Luxembourg, and has been member of the Luxembourg Council of State since 2007. He has been member of the LSAP (Luxembourg Socialist Workers' Party) since 1995 and member of the Committee of the Regions since 2005.

Beyond his political career, Marc Schaefer is Chair of the Vianden local section of Amiperas, a non-profit organisation getting elderly people of a community together. He is also Vice-President of the Amis de la Maison de Victor Hugo Vianden association, member of the board of the Alzheimer Association Luxembourg and was elected  President of the Luxembourg National Tourism Office last year.

As the younger son of a master painter in Vianden, and amateur of contemporary art, Marc Schaefer has always been familiar with visual arts.

Stéphanie Bliard

Curator at the Museum of photography of Charleroi, Belgium

Stéphanie holds a degree in art history from the ULB University of Brussels, and a Masters degree in Digital Media from London University.

After finishing her studies, she started her professional career as stagiaire- assistant for the Photography Museum in Charleroi. She has also worked for a year and a half for the "Messen De Clercq", a Brussels-based art gallery. This experience allowed her to gain experience as an art journalist and to publish various articles for international magazines such as "ArtSlant", "Nextlevel", "Eyemazing" and "ArteNews".

She also specialised in marketing and communication by holding a degree at Ichec Enterprises and is currently working as one of the curator of the Museum of Photography of Charleroi, and as the Associate Editor of "Artexpo".

Paolo Verzone

Several time awarded photo reporter at Agence VU'

Agence VU' describes Paolo Verzone as an unclassified photographer which is something he likes.

Paolo Verzone has a background in journalism a field where he continues to work. He has undertaken large scale projects that take an in-depth look into today’s world. The most remarkable includes his survey of seaside bathers along the Italian, Lithuanian, French and Finnish coasts. The project spanned many years.

His intimate and strict portraits leave room for laughter while representing characters who become a funny but not always joyful reflection of our society. This “leisure society” he frames is neither in place or voided of its own caricature.

Vincent Marcilhacy

Managing editor of the photography journal "The Eyes - Europe & Photography"

Vincent Marcilhacy joined Agence VU 'in 1996 where he held several positions before creating the Department of Special Projects. In 2008, he created co-edited the photography magazine VU MAG. In 2009, he became Director of the Galerie VU 'founded in 1997.

In 2012, Vincent Marcilhacy founded Aman Iman Publishing. Since then, He has been editor, consultant and Managing Editor of the photography journal "The Eyes Europe & Photography".


The Competition


This competition has been organised under the theme: "Europe, I have someting to tell you", in the framework of 2013, European Year of Citizens.

Participants were asked to illustrate through a photography what they expect from the EU.


Terms & Conditions
In order to enter the competition, participants ha to fulfill the following conditions:

  • be resident in one of the 27 EU Member States (but participants of any nationality can enter);.
  • be 18 years old or older at the moment when you enter the competition;
  • Only one entry per participant is allowed;
  • For amateur only! Professional photographers and anyone else working in the field of photography will be automatically excluded from the competition.


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