Photo contest winners for the IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation

The IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation announced today the winners of the photo contest “A Mediterranean Image, A Biodiversity Story”

IUCN-Med winner photo

The photographs submitted had to represent problems, solutions, local community involvement, government initiatives and personal perspectives and accompanied by a text: a short story, literary quote, or a detailed description provided in relation to:

  • Climate change and ecosystems: Climate change is one of the greatest challenges of this century. It affects people, animals, plants and natural environments all across the planet. But there are natural measures to mitigate their effects and get adapted to it.
  • The clean energy and development: The increase of the population, the economic development and the changing consumption patterns are indicative of the energy and materials demand will continue to grow in the future. We must choose the cleanest.
  • Nature provides employment and livelihoods: Improving the quality of life and poverty reduction are only possible if we respect nature. Most of the resources that nature offers us, like fish, medicinal plants or wood, are being overexploited by human activity, affecting species and people.
  • The economy: Businesses also affect biodiversity and cannot work without it. Billions of people working in the private sector and business are one of the main engines of social and economic development. Some businessmen are beginning to recognize the value of biodiversity, the need to protect and invest in it.
  • Tourism and Nature: The 30% of tourist arrivals in a worldwide level belongs to the Mediterranean, which counts about 45,000 km of coastlines. However, the appeal of this hot spot for biodiversity is threatened by the impact of human activities in the region. The development of a responsible tourism which values natural resources is essential to maintaining cultural wealth.

The winners have been selected from some 50 entries from all the Mediterranean countries.

1st prize goes to Terra project

2nd prize goes to Mohammed Melhaoui

3rd prize goes to Dima Karam

The official award ceremony will take place during the IUCN Mediterranean Conservation Forum held in Malaga, Spain from 22 to 25 November.

First Prize: A Professional Camera; Participation in the 2010 Mediterranean Biodiversity Forum in Malaga, Spain; Photography Exhibition during the Mediterranean Biodiversity Forum; IUCN publications and IUCN different websites.

Second Prize: On-line photography course; Photography Exhibition during the 2010 Mediterranean Biodiversity Forum in Malaga, Spain, IUCN publications and IUCN different websites.

Third Prize: Photography Exhibition during the 2010 Mediterranean Biodiversity Forum in Malaga, Spain, IUCN publications and IUCN different websites.

With photo finalists and with those which will be chosen by the Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation, IUCN will prepare an exhibition during the Mediterranean Forum, coinciding with the 10th Anniversary of the Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation to take place from 22 to 25 November 2010 in Malaga (Spain), and the celebration of the International Year of Biodiversity.

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