The first edition of MARE will follow the classic format of a competition, with digital underwater photography as its main discipline. Photography is an ideal vehicle to show the hidden beauty of the sea, with its vast palette of colours and light. It also allows us to document species and habitats, providing us with essential information about their state of conservation.
2020 MARE Competition - Open Call: 9 July to 31 October
You can submit digital photographs related to the Balearic Sea that showcase its richness and beauty, as well as those showing our relationship with it, whether they report on negative or positive actions.
You can also submit video and photo reports, which will be shown at a later date.
In all cases, photographs must be taken within the Balearic Sea (enclosed by the 1,000 m isobath around the Balearic archipelago).
We’ve established two categories: Young (< 18 years) and Adult (> 18 years). Registration costs €10, but it’s free for members of AFONIB, FBDAS, associated diving centres and IRCC. Photographs submitted alongside an IRCC certificate cost €7. All other photographs have a registration cost of 10 euros.
All proposals must include a short message/caption, in your own words, related to conserving the environment that somehow translates the image into a fragment of text, which can be technical, poetic, narrative, and as free and abstract as you wish.
The Jury, made up of experts, will select the most interesting projects and award the prizes.
The prizes for the winning photographs will consist of a monetary award for the Adult category and photographic/underwater material for the Young category. The best projects will be selected to form part of a travelling exhibition that will tour the Balearic Islands during 2021. We will only accept photographs taken in 2019 and 2020.
Do you have any questions or suggestions? Write to us! You can be part of the launch of a project that wants the heartbeat of the Balearic Sea to be felt and heard loud and clear, far and wide.
Submit your material before 11:59 pm on 31 October 2020.
VIDEO AND PHOTO REPORT
We invite you to submit videos or photographic reports of the Balearic Sea. Through these versatile disciplines you can help us make hidden threats and dangers visible, and rewrite how we relate to the marine environment. These two disciplines are not eligible for cash prizes or photographic material; the best proposals, however, will form part of the online and travelling exhibitions that will be presented around the Balearic Islands during 2021 to promote the richness and beauty of our sea.
You may submit videos of up to 2 minutes in length and photo reports of up to 15 digital photographs. Don't forget to consult the MARE code of ethics. You must include a conservation message about the Balearic Sea along with your video or photographic report ( a short message/caption, in your own words, related to conserving the environment that somehow translates the image into a fragment of text, which can be technical, poetic, narrative, and as free and abstract as you wish.)
Internationally recognized photographer and visual artist from Toronto (Canada), she has specialized in underwater photography for the past twelve years. Her diverse artistic collaborations are often aimed at raising awareness about water conservation. She has received numerous, renowned awards and her work has been exhibited across North America and Europe. Meaghan has also been accepted in highly competitive art residencies such as the School of Visual Arts in New York City and the Tahsis Art Gallery in Vancouver.
Professional photographer and naturalist who has specialised in the marine environment since the late 80s. His work has been internationally featured in a myriad of publications including National Geographic and GEO. He has received awards in international nature and wildlife photographic competitions like WPY or WPP/ Wildlife Photographer of the Year or World Pres Photo. In addition, he works on nature film production as an underwater cameraman and scientific advisor, highlighting his work in Blue Planet II i Our Planet.
Ofelia de Pablo
Photographer and documentalist. She has traveled to more than 60 countries documenting environmental, social and political issues that define our times. She has done influential multimedia work for media such as The Guardian (UK), National Geographic, The New York Times or WWF. In 2011 she co-founded Hakawatifilm, a multimedia production company dedicated to telling stories that raise awareness together with Javier Zurita. Her latest conservation work "Sharing the Land" has been selected for the prestigious Wildscreen Festival. Her educational work is endorsed by World Press Photo.
Hong Kong-based photojournalist, wildlife trade consultant and conservationist. He has received international acclaim for his work on the shark finning trade and as an important contributor to the global community’s decision in 2013 to give manta rays greater protection. He is currently working on documenting the impact of palm oil. He has received prestigious awards in international competitions, and is a member of the International League of Conservation Photographers and the SeaLegacy Collective.