June 28, 2011. (Romereports.com)
John Paul II was no stranger to Mexico. He visited the country five times... and every time, it was a sight to see. In fact, a photography competition titled “John Paul II, the pope with the Mexican heart,” was launched in search for the best pictures shot during one of his visits. Now, the results are in.
In the the amateur category, the third place, went to a picture titled “The Light of Mexico,” which shows the pope strolling down a Mexico City street surrounded by spectators.
In second place is “The Goodbye of 1979.” It shows a blurred image of the pope, as he swifts through the popemobile in Mexico city.
The first place goes to a picture taken by Luis Gilberto Jimenez from the country's capital. It's titled “Leaving Mexico City's Museum.” It shows people sitting on rooftops for a chance to see the pope for just a few seconds.
In the professional category, this picture won third place. It's titled “That unforgettable first visit,” taken in the state of Jalisco by Idelfonso Loza.
In second place is a picture of the pope boarding a Mexican plane, titled “The Farewell of John Paul II.”
The first place in the professional category is titled “The Driveway of Mysteries.” It's a black and white photograph, where the pope is greeting a cheerful crowd on the street.
There were also several honorific mentions in both these categories. As far as the winners, each one received a monetary prize ranging from $2,000 to roughly $8500 dollars.
The competition was open to anyone, in any country, as long as it showed the pope in one of his visits to Mexico. In the end, organizers from the Salinas Cultural Group and also Mexican Archbishops, chose the winning pictures.