JEWISH NATIONAL FUND CONGRATULATES TOP JERUSALEM PHOTO CHALLENGE WINNERS
With More Than 14,500 Submissions From Over 70 Countries and 2.4 Million Public Votes, JerusaLens Jerusalem Photo Contest Rivals London as the Largest City Photo Contest Ever
April 4, 2017 (New York, NY)— Jewish National Fund (JNF-USA) is proud to announce the top four winners of the first-ever JerusaLens Jerusalem Photo Challenge held in honor of the upcoming 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem.
Winning the title of “Top Photographer” along with the $5,000 grand prize is David Mor from the central Israeli city of Ramat Gan, followed by Dalia Rajuan of Kiryat Ono for “Top Photo,” and Six-Day War veteran paratrooper Ariel
Similar to other photo challenges held in various international cities like Paris, London, and New York, the JerusaLens Jerusalem Photo Challenge surpassed expectations, coming in second to London at 2.4 million in total public votes.
“Jerusalem is a source of inspiration for billions of people around the world," commented Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat. “I want to extend my thanks to each and every participant who shared their unique images of Jerusalem with the world. This historic photo challenge has showcased the beauty, diversity, and rich history of our city.”
“Jerusalem is mine and yours, it belongs to all of us; it is a city which tells a universal story,” remarked Israeli President Reuven Rivlin in his letter inviting individuals to take part in the photo contest. “Therefore, in the spirit of longing and prayer for the peace of Jerusalem, I am pleased to join the important and welcome work of creating an impressive collection of the very best photographs of Jerusalem. So that we can all see the strength of Jerusalem, the strength of unity which we see through our eyes and with our hearts,” he added.
“The success of the JerusaLens Jerusalem Photo Contest is astonishing, and Jewish National Fund-USA is proud to have been a partner in its success,” said Jewish National Fund National President Jeffrey E. Levine. “For centuries, civilizations around the world have looked toward Jerusalem as the center of the world, and this is all the more evident with the thousands of unique pictures received displaying the myriad nationalities, religions, and creeds that
Ammunition Hill is the historical site of the intense battle where 36 Israelis and 71 Jordanians were killed during the 1967 Six-Day War leading to Jerusalem’s reunification and liberation of the Old City.
“I applaud each of the contestant winners for their well-deserved recognition on behalf of the Israeli nation,” said Alon Wald, head of operations at Ammunition Hill National Memorial Site, and the son of Rami Wald, an IDF soldier who fell in the pivotal battle for the strategic hilltop. “I salute each of our winners as well as the ongoing efforts by JNF-USA in its support of Israel, Jerusalem, and the unwavering enhancement in the link and bond to Jerusalem between future generations of Jewish people all over the world.”
The JerusaLens Jerusalem Photo Challenge was open to people from all countries and nationalities, with