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Colombians take part in annual tomato-throwing event

The annual Tomatina contest was held in Colombia yesterday.

Around 15 tonnes of surplus tomatoes are thrown by participants during the event, which started in 2004.

The food fight is part of a three-day tomato celebration which also includes an eating contest and a largest tomato competition.

The festival was inspired by the La Tomatina festival held annually in the town of Bu├▒ol near Valencia, Spain.

Around 15 tonnes of surplus tomatoes are thrown by, and at, participants during the event Credit: Reuters/John Vizcaino
Revellers play with tomato pulp during the annual "Tomatina" (tomato fight) in Sutamarchan province in Colombia Credit: Reuters/John Vizcaino
Children are also welcome to participate in the festival Credit: Reuters/John Vizcaino