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Les photographies de l’année

Okay - not going to win any prizes, but I like it!

Okay - not going to win any prizes, but I like it!

More than fifty of the best professional photographers from across France will be gathered in Alençon at the end of March for the finals of the *APPPF “photograph of the year” competition.

*Agence Pour la Promotion de la Photographie Professionnelle

Prizes will be awarded in eighteen categories of photograph, plus an overall trophy for “photograph of the year” and a special “open” category for young photographers with less than two years of work as a professional.  The overall winner receives 10 000 euros of photographic equipment from Nikon.

The awards will be presented on 28 March 2009, at the Halle aux Toiles in the centre of Alençon, at a ceremony involving the 54 finalists (three per category, chosen from a total of 170 entries) and attended by some of the leading lights of photography in France and Europe.

Categories range from portrait to sports photography, via travel, nude, news reporting and nature, plus the best in culinary, animal, entertainment and advertising photography.

The winning photographs will be judged by a panel of twenty photographers, art directors, journalists, graphic designers, and other professionals in the field.

In addition to this evening, the winning photographs will go on an exhibition tour around France and to other festivals in Europe. In addition, a book showing the 18 winning photos and the other finalists will be published.

This event coincides with the start of a month-long photographic exhibition taking place from the 28th March to the 26th April 2009 http://www.festival-photo-orne.com/ This exhibition will be housed in the buildings of the Conseil Général


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At the beginning of the 20th century, there were about two hundred enterprises making wooden clogs (“sabots”)  in Neufchâtel-en-Saosnois, a small village on the edge of the Perseigne forest about 5 minutes drive from where we live.  Most of these were individual clog-makers, using wood cut from the neighbouring woodlands.

As this form of footwear fell out of usage, the number of clog makers gradually dwindled away and today there are very few left.  However, the tradition does survive and there is a handful of artisans in the Sarthe who continue the craft, always popular at craft fairs and country fêtes.

The Clog Museum at Neufchâtel-en-Saosnois has a display of clogs (some are remarkably decorated with lace-like patterning) and old tools used in clog making, woodcutting and carpentry.

The museum is near the church and is open to the public throughout the year – ask for the key to the door at one of the local shops or in the bar if the door is not open (it is usually open 1 May to 30 September between 3.00pm – 6.00 pm on Sundays & Public Holidays).  Admission is free.

Place Maxime Boisseau

72600 Neufchâtel-en-Saosnois

Tel 02 43 97 75 54

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