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Awards for Iranian Filmmakers and Artists

Friday, February 17, 2012

Compiled By: Firouzeh Mirrazavi
Deputy Editor of Iran Review

*Academy Awards Goes to Farhadi’s A Separation

Internationally-acclaimed Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi's Nader and Simin: A Separation has won the Oscar for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 84th Academy Awards.

The prize-magnet movie was awarded at the biggest night of the film industry at the Hollywood and Highland Center (formerly known as the Kodak Theatre) on Sunday.

A Separation has also been nominated the Best Original Screenplay of the 2012 Academy Awards.

In the Best Foreign Language Film of the Year category, the Iranian family drama went up against Bullhead by Michael R. Roskam (Belgium), Footnote by Joseph Cedar (Israel), In Darkness by Agnieszka Holland (Poland), and Monsieur Lazhar by Philippe Falardeau (Canada).

In the best original screenplay writing category, Farhadi’s mesmerizing flick was competing up against Bridesmaids by Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo, Margin Call by J.C. Chandor, and Midnight in Paris by Woody Allen.

The drama also turned heads winning The Best Foreign Film Award of the 27th annual Independent Spirit Awards during a ceremony held one day before the 84th Academy Awards.

Farhadi’s drama also grabbed the Best Foreign Film Award of the 2012 César Awards on February 24, in Paris.

Farhadi’s film also received Best Picture, Best Film Not in the English Language, Best Ensemble and Best Original Screenplay awards of the 9th International Cinephile Society (ICS).

Farhadi's award-sweeper drama has hit the Canadian and the Brazilian cinemas since January 20, 2012, as scheduled earlier.

The film won the award for the Best Foreign Language film at the 2012 edition of Golden Globes. It also received the 2012 Turkish Film Critics Association Award (SIYAD) in the same category.

The 2011 New York Film Critics Circle also granted its Best Foreign Film award to A Separation.

Nader and Simin: A Separation received three top awards of the Best Foreign Language Film, Best Supporting Actress and the Best Screenwriter at the 2012 London Critics' Circle Awards (LCCA).

The movie has also been nominated for the 43rd annual NAACP Image Awards, a multi-cultural accolade presented by the American National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

The Iranian drama was awarded by the 2012 Broadcast Film Critics Association. It also received the 17th BFCA Annual Critics' Choice Movie's Best Foreign Language Film award.

Farhadi's A Separation was recently selected as the best 2011 film by Wall Street Journal and the second best film of the same year by the international film magazine, Sight and Sound.

The critically-acclaimed movie has entered the Best Foreign film line-up of the International Press Academy (IPA) Satellite Awards.

*‘A Separation’ Dubbed Best Foreign Film of 27th Spirit Awards

Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi’s award-sweeper drama has once again turned heads winning the top award of the 27th annual Independent Spirit Awards.

Farhadi’s A Separation received The Best foreign Film Award of this year’s Independent Spirit Awards during a ceremony held one day before the 84th Academy Awards.

Farhadi was honored along with some other great filmmakers like Michel Hazanavicius who was named the Best Director for The Artist.

Nader and Simin: A Separation also grabbed the Best Foreign Film Award of the 2012 César Awards.

Farhadi’s Golden Globe Award winning film received Best Picture, Best Film Not in the English Language, Best Ensemble and Best Original Screenplay awards of the 9th International Cinephile Society (ICS).

The film won the award for the Best Foreign Language film at the 2012 edition of Golden Globes. It also received the 2012 Turkish Film Critics Association Award (SIYAD) in the same category.

The 2011 New York Film Critics Circle also granted its Best Foreign Film award to A Separation.

Nader and Simin: A Separation received three top awards of the Best Foreign Language Film, Best Supporting Actress and the Best Screenwriter at the 2012 London Critics' Circle Awards (LCCA).

The film has also been nominated for the 43rd annual NAACP Image Awards, a multi-cultural accolade presented by the American National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

The Iranian drama was awarded by the 2012 Broadcast Film Critics Association. It also received the 17th BFCA Annual Critics' Choice Movie's Best Foreign Language Film award.

Farhadi's A Separation was recently selected as the best 2011 film by Wall Street Journal and the second best film of the same year by the international film magazine, Sight and Sound.

The critically acclaimed movie has entered the Best Foreign film line-up of the International Press Academy (IPA) Satellite Awards.

The New York Times has predicted that Farhadi's film will win the 2012 Best Foreign Film Oscar.

*‘A Separation’ Tops 9th Intl. Cinephile Society Awards

Celebrated Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi's Nader and Simin: A Separation has earned top honors at the 9th International Cinephile Society (ICS) Awards.

Four of the ICS awards including Best Picture, Best Film Not in the English Language, Best Ensemble and Best Original Screenplay went to Farhadi’s award-sweeper drama.

Farhadi's masterpiece won the award for the Best Foreign Language film at the 2012 edition of Golden Globes. It also received the 2012 Turkish Film Critics Association Award (SIYAD) in the same category.

A Separation has also entered the Best Foreign Film line-up of the 2012 Cesar Awards and nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film and the Best Original Screenplay of the 84th Academy Awards.

The 2011 New York Film Critics Circle also granted its Best Foreign Film award to A Separation.

Nader and Simin: A Separation received the Best Foreign Language Film, Best Supporting Actress and the Best Screenwriter awards at the 2012 London Critics' Circle Awards (LCCA).

The film has also been nominated for the 43rd annual NAACP Image Awards, a multi-cultural accolade presented by the American National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

The Iranian drama was awarded by the 2012 Broadcast Film Critics Association. It also received the 17th BFCA Annual Critics' Choice Movie's Best Foreign Language Film award.

Farhadi's A Separation was recently selected as the best 2011 film by Wall Street Journal and the second best film of the same year by the international film magazine, Sight and Sound.

The critically acclaimed movie has entered the Best Foreign film line-up of the International Press Academy (IPA) Satellite Awards.

The New York Times has predicted that Farhadi's film will win the 2012 Best Foreign Film Oscar.

*‘A Separation’ Named Best Foreign Film of 2012 César Awards

Internationally-acclaimed Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi's Nader and Simin: A Separation has been awarded at the 2012 French César Awards.

Farhadi’s drama grabbed the Best Foreign Film Award of the 2012 César Awards while The Artist won the Best Picture Award of the event held on February 24, in Paris.

Farhadi’s Golden Globe Award winning film also received Best Picture, Best Film Not in the English Language, Best Ensemble and Best Original Screenplay awards of the 9th International Cinephile Society (ICS).

A Separation has been nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film and the Best Original Screenplay of the 84th Academy Awards.

Many Iranian and international critics and cineastes had earlier predicted this nomination.

“The movie was among the very first films nominated for the award and based on the articles published about the movie, it seems that Farhadi's film will win the prize,” said head of Iran's Farabi Cinema Foundation Amir Esfandiari.

Farhadi's award-sweeper drama has hit the Canadian and the Brazilian cinemas since January 20, 2012, as scheduled earlier.

The film won the award for the Best Foreign Language film at the 2012 edition of Golden Globes. It also received the 2012 Turkish Film Critics Association Award (SIYAD) in the same category.

The 2011 New York Film Critics Circle also granted its Best Foreign Film award to A Separation.

Nader and Simin: A Separation received three top awards of the Best Foreign Language Film, Best Supporting Actress and the Best Screenwriter at the 2012 London Critics' Circle Awards (LCCA).

The film has also been nominated for the 43rd annual NAACP Image Awards, a multi-cultural accolade presented by the American National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

The Iranian drama was awarded by the 2012 Broadcast Film Critics Association. It also received the 17th BFCA Annual Critics' Choice Movie's Best Foreign Language Film award.

Farhadi's A Separation was recently selected as the best 2011 film by Wall Street Journal and the second best film of the same year by the international film magazine, Sight and Sound.

The critically acclaimed movie has entered the Best Foreign film line-up of the International Press Academy (IPA) Satellite Awards.

The New York Times has predicted that Farhadi's film will win the 2012 Best Foreign Film Oscar.

'Separation' Tops 2012 Oscar List

Internationally-acclaimed Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi's latest screen production has been nominated in two categories at the 2012 Academy Awards.

The 2011 Golden Globe Award winning movie Nader and Simin: A Separation was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film and the Best Original Screenplay of the 84th Academy Awards.

Many Iranian and international critics and cineastes had earlier predicted this nomination.

“The movie was among the very first films nominated for the award and based on the articles published about the movie, it seems that Farhadi's film will win the award,” said head of Iran's Farabi Cinema Foundation Amir Esfandiary.

Farhadi's award-sweeper drama has hit the Canadian and the Brazilian cinemas since January 20, 2012, as scheduled earlier.

Farhadi's masterpiece won the award for the Best Foreign Language film at the 2012 edition of Golden Globes. It also received the 2012 Turkish Film Critics Association Award (SIYAD) in the same category.

The 2011 New York Film Critics Circle also granted its Best Foreign Film award to A Separation.

Nader and Simin: A Separation, alongside French filmmaker Michel Hazanavicius's silent movie The Artist, also received three top awards of the Best Foreign Language Film, Best Supporting Actress and the Best Screenwriter at the 2012 London Critics' Circle Awards (LCCA).

Furthermore, Nader and Simin: A Separation has also been nominated for the 43rd annual NAACP Image Awards, a multi-cultural award in the African-American point of view, announced on January 19, 2012.

The Iranian drama was awarded by the 2012 Broadcast Film Critics Association. It also received the 17th BFCA Annual Critics' Choice Movie's Best Foreign Language Film award.

Farhadi's A Separation was recently selected as the best film of 2011 by Wall Street Journal and the second best film of the same year by the international film magazine, Sight and Sound.

Farhadi's latest production won the Los Angeles Film Critics Association's 2011 Screenplay Award.

The critically acclaimed movie has entered the Best Foreign film line-up of the International Press Academy (IPA) Satellite Awards.

The New York Times has predicted that Farhadi's film will win the 2012 Best Foreign Film Oscar.

*Berlin Filmfest Awards Haqiqi’s ‘Modest Reception

Iranian filmmaker and actor Mani Haqiqi's latest production Modest Reception has been awarded at the 2012 edition of Berlin International Film Festival.

Haqiqi’s feature-length movie won the Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema (NETPAC) Award of the event’s International Forum of New Cinema section.

Modest Reception recounts the story of a rich couple who distribute plastic bags full of money in the Iranian provinces, a handout aimed purely at degradation.

Described as 'an intelligent provocation' by the festival's organizers, the movie was screened on February 14, 2012.

Haqiqi's previous film Men at Work was also screened at the prestigious German festival in 2006.

Internationally acclaimed Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi served on the jury of the 2012 Berlinale, which was presided by British director Mike Leigh.

Farhadi's Nader and Simin, a Separation won the Golden Bear Award of the 2011 Berlin Film Festival as well as the event's Silver Bears for the entire male and female cast ensemble.

The 62nd Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale) screened 26 world premieres and 8 international premieres in its Forum program including The Last Friday by Yahya Alabdallah, The Wait by Rodrigo Pla, For Ellen by So Yong Kim and Condition by Thomas Heise.

The 2012 Berlin International Film Festival was held from February 9 to 19.

*Iranian Artists Top China’s Intl. Caricature Art Competition

Iranian cartoonists Nasrin Abdosheikhi and Farkhondeh Torkamani have won top awards at the First International Caricature Art Competition in China.

The female cartoonists won the Excellent Award of the competition while the Golden Prize of the event was granted to MacDonald from Canada.

The first International Caricature Art Competition was held under the title of ‘Bruce Lee -- The King of Chinese Kong fu and Kong fu Film for our Eternal Memory...’ in an attempt to honor the late Kong Fu star Bruce Lee.

The event hosted more than 32 artists from different countries such as Egypt, Iran, Colombia, Germany, Russia, Canada, Spain and Belgium.

The competition’s Silver Prize went to Catarina Oliveira from Portugal and the Copper Prize was granted to Spanish artist Omar Alberto Figueroa Turcios.

*French Filmfest Awards Karimi Film

Iranian actress and filmmaker Niki Karimi's Final Whistle has been awarded at the 2012 Vesoul International Film Festival of Asian Cinema in France.

Karimi's latest production received three awards at the 18th edition of the French festival held in Vesoul.

As Iran's only representative, Final Whistle swept the Best Director, Paris Institute of Eastern languages and France Young Jury awards of the festival.

Featuring social and private life interactions, the movie is about a documentarian couple who have their calm life disrupted.

Karimi’s drama was also screened at the 8th edition of Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF), the 2011 Busan International Film Festival and the 22nd Festival of Iranian Films at Chicago's Gene Siskel Film Center.

Actress, filmmaker and photographer Niki Karimi has judged at many International events including the Cannes, Locarno, Damascus, Rennes, Delhi Osian, Reykjavik, Vesoul and Berlin film festivals.

Her performance in veteran Iranian filmmaker Dariush Mehrjui's Sara won her the Best Actress Award of the San Sebastian and Nantes film festivals in 1992.

She made her first directorial debut with One Night in 2004 and her second film A Few Days Late (2006) premiered at the Rome Film Festival.

Vesoul International Film Festival is an annual special-interest event focusing on Asian cinema.

This year’s festival kicked off on February 14 and came to end during a ceremony on February 21, 2012.

*Iranian Photojournalist Wins World Press Photo Award

An Iranian photojournalist has won the second prize in the Contemporary Issues category of the 2011 World Press Photo of the Year award.

The award went to Ebrahim Noruzi for a collection of images of a hanging in Iran, which was prepared for Jamejamonile, a Persian news website.

“Some photos of the collection show Mehdi Faraji, known as ‘the driver of death’, in the gallows. He raped and killed five women,” Noruzi told the Persian service of ILNA.

He said that other photos of the collection pertain to the hanging of the criminals of Khomeinishahr.

They invaded a party at a private garden in Khomeinishahr during the night in May 2011, beating eight men and six women there. They then held the men captive and raped the women.

The first prize in the category went to Stephanie Sinclair, an American photographer with National Geographic magazine. Her collection includes images of child marriages in Yemen.

Images of the drug cartel’s war in Mexico by Pedro Pardo of the Agence France-Presse won the third prize of the category.

Spanish photographer Samuel Aranda won the 2011 World Press Photo of the Year award for an image of a veiled woman holding a wounded relative in her arms after a demonstration in Yemen.

*Bologna New Horizons Award for Shabaviz

Farideh Khalatbari’s book ‘Misunderstanding’ has been honored at the New Horizons awards of Bologna 2012.

Released by Shabaviz Publications, the book is a rewriting of an old fable from Rumi’s ‘Masnavi Ma’navi’.

For the fourth time in the history of Bologna Ragazzi Awards, Shabaviz Publications wins the New Horizons Award, IBNA said. The book is illustrated by Ali Boozari and its graphic design is done by Saeid Ensafi.

Farideh Khalatbari, manager of Shabaviz Publications said, “Bologna Awards consists of four sections, one of which is called ‘The New Horizons Award’ that is usually granted to an innovative book that opens up a new creative way in children’s book illustration.”

“The New Horizons Award is given to the publisher for all the activities made for best management of the writer’s and the publisher’s works,” she added.

This is the fourth time that Shabaviz has won the Bologna award. It received the first new Horizons Award in 2004 for the all its publications.

In 2006, the book ‘Top Top Top’ penned by Fatemeh Mashhadi-Rostam and illustrated by Afra Nobahar won the New Horizons Award.
Shabaviz also won the 2010 award for Hoda Haddadi’s ‘Two Friends’.

The New Horizons Award will be awarded to Shabaviz on March 19 in Bologna.

*Dhaka Festival Awards Iranian Film

Iran's documentary film Absence of Mr. & Mrs. B has been awarded at the 2012 edition of Dhaka International Film Festival in Bangladesh.

Directed by Reza Daryanoush and Fima Emami, Absence of Mr. & Mrs. B won the event's best documentary award of the Short and Independent Film line-up.

The 70-minute film recounts the story of an infertile Iranian couple who undergo medical treatments.

Other Iranian films were also screened at the festival including Ebrahim Hatamikia's Invitation, Ali Rafie's Mr. Joseph, Ahmad-Reza Motamedi's Alzheimer's and Pouran Derakhshandeh's Continuous Dreams.

Dhaka International Film Festival was established in 1990 and is considered the biggest festival of its kind in Bangladesh.

The general theme of this year's festival was "Better Film, Better Audience, Better Society."

The 2012 edition of the event also included several workshops for the young filmmakers from different countries around the world.

The 12th Dhaka International Film Festival was held in the capital city of Dhaka from January 12 to 20, 2012.

*India's Jaipour Filmfest Awards Three Iranian Films

Three feature-length productions directed by Iranian filmmakers have been awarded at the 2012 edition of Jaipour International Film Festival in India.

Two of the festival's awards went to the acclaimed Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi's Nader and Simin, A Separation.

Farhadi's drama won the top Golden Camel Award for best director as well as this year's Best Actress Award.

The event's Red Rose Award for best film released between October 2010 and October 2011 went to Golchehreh by Iranian director Vahid Mousaian.

Golchehreh has also been honored at several festivals and won the Grand Prix award of the 2011 Batumi International Art-House Film Festival (BIAFF) in Georgia.

Iran also won the Best Animation Film Award for Jar directed by Ali Ahmadi.

The festival featured 178 films from 70 countries and awards were granted in 28 categories.

The 4th Jaipour International Film Festival (JIFF) award ceremony was held on January 31, 2012.

*Cesar Awards Nominates 'A Separation'

Internationally-celebrated Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi's latest drama Nader and Simin: A Separation has been nominated for the 37th Cesar Awards. 

Farhadi's award-sweeper film has entered the Best Foreign Film line-up of the 2012 Cesar Awards. 

A Separation will compete with world top hit movies such as Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan, Lars Von Trier's Melancholia, Denis Villeneuve's Incendies and Tom Hooper's The King's Speech. 

The 2011 Golden Globe Award winning movie is also nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film and the Best Original Screenplay of the 84th Academy Awards. 

Farhadi's a Separation has hit Canadian and Brazilian cinemas since January 20, 2012, as scheduled earlier. 

Farhadi's masterpiece won the award for the Best Foreign Language film at the 2012 edition of Golden Globes. It also received the 2012 Turkish Film Critics Association Award (SIYAD) in the same category. 

The 2011 New York Film Critics Circle also granted its Best Foreign Film award to A Separation. 

Nader and Simin: A Separation, alongside French filmmaker Michel Hazanavicius's silent movie The Artist, received the Best Foreign Language Film, Best Supporting Actress and the Best Screenwriter at the 2012 London Critics' Circle Awards (LCCA). 

The film has also been nominated for the 43rd annual NAACP Image Awards, a multi-cultural accolade presented by the American National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. 

The Iranian drama was awarded by the 2012 Broadcast Film Critics Association. It also received the 17th BFCA Annual Critics' Choice Movie's Best Foreign Language Film award. 

Farhadi's A Separation was recently selected as the best film of 2011 by Wall Street Journal and the second best film of the same year by the international film magazine, Sight and Sound. 

Farhadi's latest production won the Los Angeles Film Critics Association's 2011 Screenplay Award. 

The critically acclaimed movie has entered the Best Foreign film line-up of the International Press Academy (IPA) Satellite Awards. 

The New York Times has predicted that Farhadi's film will win the 2012 Best Foreign Film Oscar. 

The 37th Cesar Awards ceremony will be held in Paris on February 24, 2012.  

*Iran's Hatami to Judge at Serbian Filmfest

Award-winning Iranian actress Leila Hatami is slated to preside the jury panel of the 2012 Kustendorf International Film and Music Festival in Serbia.

Hatami will be joined by French producer Pierre Edelman and Serbian actor-producer Zoran Cvijanovic.

Leila directed by Dariush Mehrjui (1996), Sheida by Kamal Tabrizi (1998), Water and Fire by Fereydoun Jeyrani (2001), Shirin by Abbas Kiarostami (2008) and Nader and Simin, A Separation by Asghar Farhadi (2011) are among the films in which Hatami appeared.

She also served as a jury member at the 2011 Morocco International Film Festival.

Iran's Asghar Farhadi, Belgian brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne and some other renowned directors will attend the Serbian festival this year.

About 20 movies Belgium, Britain, Estonia, Italy, Canada, France and the United States will compete for Kuestendorf's Gold, Silver and Bronze Eggs.

The 2011 edition of the Kustendorf International Film and Music Festival paid tribute to the world-renowned Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami.

Founded by Serbian director Emir Kusturica, the 5th edition of the Kustendorf International Film and Music Festival will run from January 17 to 23, 2012.

The event will be held in the city of Drvengrad where Kusturica has been living permanently in Drvengrad since 2006.

*US Awards Iran's 'Gold and Copper'

Iranian filmmaker Homayoun Asadian's Gold and Copper has been awarded at the 2012 edition of Whitehead International Film Festival in California.

Asadian's feature-length production received the Best Film Award of the festival.

Gold and Copper recounts the story of a young clergyman who travels to Tehran to complete his education, but his wife who has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis forces him to leave his theological studies and take care of his wife and two children.

Asadian's movie also received the In the Spirit of Faith Award and the special SIGNIS jury prize of the 2011 Religion Today International Film Festival in Italy.

The Italian jury described the film as the story of man who attains great spiritual heights through his love, hope and faith. In their opinion Gold and Copper manifested how everyday problems would pave the way for spirituality.

The film has also been screened in many international festivals such as the Vancouver International Film Festival in Canada, Batumi International Art-House Film Festival in Georgia and Anaheim International Film Festival in the US.

The 2012 edition of the Whitehead International Film Festival was held from January 13 to 16.

*Turkey's SIYAD awards 'A Separation'

Acclaimed Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi's Nader and Simin, A Separation has been awarded by the 2012 Turkish Film Critics Association (SIYAD).

The 44th Turkish Film Critics Association award for the Best Foreign Language Film went to Farhadi's last production while the Best Film Award was granted to Nuri Bilge Ceylan's Once Upon a Time in Anatolia.

Nader and Simin: A Separation has been recently shortlisted for the best foreign language film award of the 84th Oscars. The movie also won the award for best foreign language film at the 2012 Golden Globes.

The Iranian drama was awarded by the 2012 Broadcast Film Critics Association. It also received the 17th BFCA Annual Critics' Choice Movie's Best Foreign Language Film award.

Nader and Simin, A Separation was recently selected by Wall Street Journal as the best film of the year 2011.

Farhadi's latest production won the Los Angeles Film Critics Association's 2011 Screenplay Award.

The international film magazine, Sight and Sound also announced Farhadi's A Separation as the second best film of the year 2011.

The critically-acclaimed movie has entered the Best Foreign film line-up of the International Press Academy (IPA) Satellite Awards. The 2011 New York Film Critics Circle also granted its Best Foreign Film award to A Separation.

The New York Times has predicted that Farhadi's film will win the 2012 Best Foreign Film Oscar.

The movie won the best film honor of the 2011 Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA), the Golden Bear Award of the 2011 Berlin International Film Festival as well as the event's Silver Bears for the entire male and female cast ensemble.

The Golden Arena prize of Croatia's 2011 Pula Film Festival, and the Best Feature Film and the Best Screenplay awards of the 32nd Durban International Film Festival are among the film's other international honors.

The 2012 Turkish Film Critics Association awards ceremony was held at Istanbul's Harbiye Cemal Resit Rey Concert Hall on January 16, 2012.

*Reza Vahmi Selected as Photo Editor of UNESCO in Asia-Pacific

Reza Vahmi UNESCO’s documentary photographer has been selected as the photo editor of APCEIU…

APCEIU under the auspices of UNESCO is UNESCO's Category II institute to promote International Understanding and Peace through Education as stated in the Recommendation concerning Education for International Understanding, Cooperation and Peace and Education relating to Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms(adopted at the 18th UNESCO General Conference on 19 Nov. 1974), and also the Declaration and Integrated Framework of Action on Education for Peace and Education relating to Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (adopted at the 18th UNESCO General Conference on 19 Nov. 1974), as well as in the Declaration and Integrated Framework of Action on Education for Peace, Human Rights and Democracy recommended by the 44th International Conference on Education in 1994.

Its inception is a significant step forward to promote a Culture of Peace through Education and to renew the commitment and cooperation of UNESCO Member States and all stakeholders involved in the Asia-Pacific region.

Reza Vahmi began his professional photography career in fall 2007. After two years of intense learning experience on accredited photography websites with the virtual space and digital environments, he became a successful self-trained photographer. He won the gold medal at the International Photography Art fair during the Austrian Great Prize Festival (FIAP) in spring 2010. His area of specialization lies in the social and documentary fields of capturing human feelings and traits in photography. So far Vahmi has been awarded 12 gold medal from various photography festivals.

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