Recently many of my friends adopted dogs and cats. Only our pets can respond to this eternal human need for warmth, sincerity and selfless devotion. The most important thing while compensating for our own egoistic needs is not to forget that these little (or big) miracles, that endlessly love us, are living beings, with their own feelings, sufferings and desires. The whole world wept while watching the dogs faithfully wait for the return of their owners after the tragedy in Japan. One dog, hungry and exhausted, regardless of everything, did not leave his wounded four-paw friend. The Day has permanently stressed: in critical situations animals are the ones that teach us humanity.
Actually, this is what our current photo contest from the The Day’s Photo Seasons series was about. Borrowing the idea from our colleagues at STB, we called it WhiskerPawTail. Or BeakHoofHorn. Or WingFangFlipper. There are many different animals living next to us and each of them is unique.
The contest beat all records in terms of activity. The winner of the national vote is a funny picture by Vita Tomchuk from Brovary Give Me the Remote! with 1,048 votes! The second place went to a series of works by Olha Levchenko from Obukhiv, with an important appeal that we ask our readers to pay attention to: “support the animal protection movement.” Third place was taken by another mini-contest debutant (incidentally, the son of a repeated winner) Yaroslav Bobryshchev for his work Who’s There?
Many photographs were also noted by the editorial jury: Doves (Ivanna Serdiuchenko, Poltava), Space of Freedom (Yaroslav Bobryshchev, Kobeliaky), Devotion (Mariana Klymchuk, Kyiv), Horror (Olena Lukashevych, Lutsk), Unconditional Love (Olena Lisavetina, Kyiv), My Best Friend (Ruslan Kaniuka, The Day), A Date (Svitlana Mamina, Kyiv), Tired (Iryna Myronova, Chernivtsi), A Friend (Dmytro Lobas, Chernihiv). All the winners will receive prizes from The Day.
The Day’s Photo Seasons continues. The next subject is close to every reader’s heart: “My mother.” Everybody’s is the best. And each one deserves to be seen by the whole of Ukraine. The fates of our mothers are often hard, and could often have been a story-line for an Oscar-winning film. We propose you to transfer this story in a single picture. Try to capture an unforgettable expression of eyes, a smile, or a gesture that would tell us about the character, habits or the entire history of your mother. We’ll sum up the results before Mother’s Day, which falls on May 8 this year. Send photographs to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Don’t forget to give your photos meaningful names. And of course, vote!