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Jamie Oliver picks Family Meal winners

Jamie Oliver holds the printouts of two winning photos. Photo credit: Sam Robinson

"Ari's colourful shot from Laos is a fantastic example of how important and fun it can be to prepare and share a meal with your loved ones" said Jamie Oliver, the renowned celebrity chef and food campaigner, about the photo winning the Family Meal photo contest (photo above on the left and here).

The photo by Ari is one of the two which were selected as winners of the photo contest by Jamie Oliver and Chris Terry, London-based photographer.

Breech’s candle-lit image of the family eating during a power outage has a lovely intimacy and warmth.  It draws the viewer in, emphasising the human need to gather around light, and company, when sharing a meal,” said Chris Terry about the other winner (photo above on the right and here).

The third winner, chosen by the public, is Darine Ndihokubwayo with his photo of street children in Burundi sharing a Sunday meal.

Third winner: Street children in Burundi sharing a Sunday meal.

The Family Meal photo contest is part of a campaign launched last year by the UN World Food Programme in partnership with the European Commission's Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO). The aim of the campaign is to convey to Europe’s citizens the message that hunger can be eliminated in our lifetime, and inform them about the food assistance which the EU and UN provide to vulnerable families around the world.

The winners were announced today by EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, Christos Stylianides and Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme, Ertharin Cousin at the opening of the The Family Meal – What brings us together? photo exhibition at the European Parliament in Brussels.

The Family Meal exhibition will be travelling throughout Europe until November 2015.

More information on the Family Meal campaign page.

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