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Facebook Photo Competition: The Matterhorn from its best side

The winner of the Matterhorn Photo Competition on Facebook has been chosen: Jacqueline Karakoc from Switzerland received the most votes for her Matterhorn photo. 185 people from all over the world submitted Matterhorn photos that could be voted for on Facebook.

The Zermatt Matterhorn Facebook page is attracting evermore fans: already well over 6000 by 23 August 2011. The photo competition was announced one month earlier because the Facebook page already had 4,478 fans by then, a number equivalent to the height of the Matterhorn (4,478 metres above sea level).

Erika Karakoc entered a photo taken by her mother, Jacqueline. And so, thanks to the help of her daughter, amateur photographer, Jacqueline Karakoc, has won a two-night stay for two persons in Zermatt, including a helicopter flight around the Matterhorn and two mountain rail & cableway passes. Hearty congratulations! Her picture received the most votes, 117 in total. What makes her photo special? It makes an impression with its different shades of blue, which in their variety and at the same time simplicity, perfectly project the magic of the Matterhorn.

Entrants from around the globe
The 185 people who submitted Matterhorn photos are all former visitors to Zermatt from Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Netherlands, Germany, France, Italy, Czech Republic, USA, Russia and Australia. If you walk through the streets of Zermatt between 6 and 8 o’clock in the morning – depending on the time of year – you’ll see guests everywhere, completely enthralled as they photograph the sunrise. The competition winner also chose the early hours to take her shot of the Matterhorn.
But why is the Matterhorn the world’s most photographed mountain? Why is it called “the mountain of mountains”. Why is it considered mystical, even magical? “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the places and moments that take our breath away”. This anonymous quotation is found at the beginning of the book 1000 Places To See Before You Die., which also features Zermatt and the Matterhorn. The travel guide, which enjoys worldwide cult status, writes: “The granite form is recognized from countless postcards: the impressive Matterhorn, with its unmistakeable sharp-toothed shape, towers above the hustle and bustle of the famous ski resort of Zermatt.” And Wikipedia writes: “The Matterhorn has become an iconic emblem of the Swiss Alps…”


Photo Oliver Worsley

Photo Karin Strasser

Photo Stefan D.

Photo Gregor Hartl

Photo Carmen Grütter

Photo Jean-Charles Gfeller
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