NABARI, Mie -- An Instagram photo contest for local high school students here in western Japan has been held to cultivate love for their hometown.
The "Mayor's Prize," the top award in the event, was won by Moana Nishi, 17, a second-year student at the prefectural Nabari-Seihou High School. A member of the athletics club at the school, Nishi submitted a photo showing herself and four friends from the same club making peace signs toward the sky in September.
Judges appreciated her photo and made comments such as, "We feel uplifted just by looking at it" and "The contrast between the blue sky and white shirts is good."
Nishi's entry was selected from a total of 98 photographs which were submitted by students between Sept. 1 and Oct. 15.
Commenting on her success, Nishi said, "The sky in the photo turned out beautifully. The peace sign is a signature pose of my favorite YouTuber. I want to regularly meet up with my club friends even after graduation."
(Japanese original by Tatsuo Eto, Nabari Bureau)