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Insta-contest for local teens held to cultivate love for hometown in western Japan

The winning photo in a municipal contest held among local high school students taken by Moana Nishi. (Photo courtesy of the Nabari Municipal Government)
Moana Nishi shows her prize-winning photo in a municipal contest among local high school students at Nabari-Seihou High School in the city of Nabari, Mie Prefecture, on Dec. 17, 2019. (Mainichi/Tatsuo Eto)

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)

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