To celebrate International Mother Language Day, on 21 February the UN Office (UNO) Minsk launched a photo competition entitled "The Belarusian language — reflection of our thoughts and feeling". As per the contest rules, works submitted were required to reflect the theme: the Belarusian language as a tool to preserve and develop the cultural heritage in its substantial and insubstantial forms in the context of linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism.

To celebrate International Mother Language Day, on 21 February the UN Office (UNO) Minsk launched a photo competition entitled "The Belarusian language — reflection of our thoughts and feeling".

As per the contest rules, works submitted were required to reflect the theme: the Belarusian language as a tool to preserve and develop the cultural heritage in its substantial and insubstantial forms in the context of linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism.

From 21 February through 6 March photographs came pouring in. On the final day of submission, all the pictures were posted on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.492076450855518.1073741826.221233977939768&type=1 for the world to rank. Taken by either professional or amateur photographers, the top five were determined by number of votes each received.

On Friday 15 March, the five winners were announced. Igor Sluchak, Vladimir Lemesh, Marina Begunkova, Igor Nikalaenka and Darya Cherkes attended an award ceremony where they received diplomas and gifts from the UN Office in Belarus. Their outstanding contributions can be enjoyed on the UN Belarus Flickr website where they hold a special place in the hearts of Belarusian speakers http://www.flickr.com/photos/unobelarus/sets/72157633022301183.

One of the winners of the contest Marina Begunkova said at the ceremony: "I love to reflect the Belarusian language through intangible cultural heritage of Belarusians, that is, through Belarusian rites. I believe that their revival will instill interest in the mother tongue, which, unfortunately, is not used by Belarusians daily. It is our culture, and perhaps thanks to this intangible cultural heritage ​​Belarusians return their language”.

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