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Art June 14, 2014 00:00

By The Nation

The TAT launches a contest aimed at drawing more tourists to Thailand

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is inviting both amateur and professional photographers, writers, and videographers from Thailand and all over the world to take part in a contest in its latest contest that will see the winners take home more than Bt200,000 in cash. 
The “TAT Newsroom Contest 2014” covers photos, travel features, and short video documentaries that showcase Thai tourist destinations on the theme “I Like. I Share. Amazing Thailand: It Begins with the People”.
  “This project aims to promote and strengthen the positive image of Thailand as well as showcase the kingdom’s gems to international tourists. We would like the world to appreciate our wealth of natural, historical, cultural and traditional attractions as well as our bustling cities through the eyes of enthusiastic travellers,” says Sugree Sithivanich, deputy governor of TAT’s marketing communications.
 The contest offers a great opportunity for local and international entrants to use their talents to present their impressions of Thailand that capture the “Amazing Thailand” slogan. Entrants can present their work via three types of creative media: photos with captions and details of techniques used, travel features with accompanying photos, or short video documentaries with supportive stories that provide a narrative.
Recognising that domestic tourism also provides fun and memorable experiences, the competition is open to Thai travellers as well as foreign tourists so that everyone gets the chance to share their stories, be in print or through photographic images or videos.
 “We believe that it’s the tourists who have experienced Thailand before and fallen in love with its blend of exotic adventure and natural beauty who can best portray the nation in a truly positive light to the world. We feel that through this ‘don’t take our word for it, ask people who’ve been here’ approach, we are showing the best bits of the nation and enhancing Thailand’s reputation in a way that can’t be seen as biased. This should lead to many more visitors coming here in the coming years to experience it for themselves,” said Sugree.
 To reach a global audience, all entries submitted for the “TAT Newsroom Contest 2014” must be presented in English. All entries that win awards will be published through various media channels of the TAT Newsroom.
Be amazing!
_ Download the application form at www.TATNews.org and send it together with your entry to PO BOX 45 Santisuk Post Office, Bangkok 10113 Thailand.
_ The deadline is July 31.