North Macedonia in the World

The first resident ambassador of the Republic of Macedonia won the first prize Grand Prix at the diplomatic photo contest “Japan through Diplomats’ Eyes” organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, under the patronage of Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamado.



This year the contest was organised for the 19th time, with 500 photographs from about 100 diplomats from 150 countries, and Ambassador Cvetkovik’s photograph, titled “Circle of Life” was chosen as the best.

The official award presentation ceremony was held on 04.10.2016, and was attended by Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamado, who is an honorary president of the jury and this cultural-diplomatic event.

His Excellency Hirofumi Nakasone, former Minister for Foreign Affairs and a son of one of the most eminent Japanese prime ministers presented the award to Ambassador Andrijana Cvetkovik. The news of Ambasador Cvetkovik’s award was published on the social networks of the Japanese ministry and was covered by all major Japanese newspapers which referred to our country with its constitutional name – Republic of Macedonia.


During the official ceremony Ambassador Andrijana Cvetkovik addressed the attendees, thanking the honorary jury members for the award, and elaborated on the meaning of the awarded photograph. She emphasized that the name “Circle of Life” in a way symbolized the continuous repetition of history with conflicts and sufferings in the world, and expressed the hope that these cycles of history will come to an end, and that, with the help of mutual uniting of nations and cultures, humanity will enter a new circle of repetition which will be a circle of love, respect and understanding through cultural exchange.


The award presented to Ambassador Andrijana Cvetkovik is of a considerable importance for increasing the visibility of the Republic of Macedonia in Japan, considering that the event was attended by members of the imperial family, numerous ambassadors, and eminent figures of the political, social, and business sector in Japan.


Other awards were presented to the Ambassador of Germany, the Deputy Chief of the U.S. Mission (the award was accepted by Ambassador Caroline Kennedy), the ambassadors of Guatemala, Canada, and Tonga.

“Japan through Diplomats’ Eyes” is an annual exhibition of photographs taken by members of the diplomatic corps in Japan, and was established in 1998. This year the exhibition will feature photographs by 72 diplomats from 42 countries, each representing a unique perspective of Japan. The exhibition will run from 4 to 10 October 2016 in Tokyo, and afterwards will travel the country and be opened in Nagoya, Kobe, and Hokkaido.


Ambassador Andrijana Cvetkovik with the Princess of Japan, Takamado (left) and Kennedy’s daughter, Ambassador of the U.S. to Japan, Caroline Kennedy (right).