WHY MARE?

The Balearic Sea* is rich and diverse, and we want to share it with everyone! Getting to know the richness that is concealed under the sea is essential for understanding its benefits and participating actively in its conservation.

Visual arts, such as photography or video, play a key role in revealing the sea’s hidden treasures to the general public, connecting us to nature and promoting awareness and an active involvement in marine conservation. Visual arts can bring us hope; they can move and inspire.

We all have an important role to play in the conservation of the Balearic Sea. We want to be part of an active, responsible and well-informed community that enjoys a positive relationship with its marine environment.

* The Balearic Sea is enclosed by the 1,000 m isobath around the Balearic archipelago and occupies a total area of 28,290 km2.

WHAT IS MARE?

MARE is an initiative that supports marine conservation through creativity and the promotion of visual arts from an ethical perspective.

We would like to invite everyone to capture the beauty of the landscape, fauna and flora of the Balearic Sea so that we can share it, understand it, enjoy it, and at the same time learn about the challenges it faces and become an active part of its conservation.

The first edition of MARE presents an audiovisual competition for the conservation of the Balearic Sea, with digital underwater photography as the main discipline. Video and photographic reportage are also accepted as secondary formats; they are not eligible for prizes, but the most outstanding works will be part of a travelling exhibition, alongside the winning images. Find out more about the competition and join in!

We are open to other formats and visual arts techniques which we hope to include in future editions. Cutting-edge, alternative modalities may help us explore new ways to empathise and reconnect with the marine environment.

Yes, everyone has a unique vision of the sea. What is your vision?

Mare - Certamen d'Arts Visuals per a la Conservació de la Mar Balear
© Joan Sans

Find out more about the competition and join in!

Mare - Certamen d'Arts Visuals per a la Conservació de la Mar Balear
© Julia Miralles
Mare - Certamen d'Arts Visuals per a la Conservació de la Mar Balear
© Enric Gener
Mare - Certamen d'Arts Visuals per a la Conservació de la Mar Balear
© Manu San Félix

WHO ARE WE?

MARE is a collaborative initiative promoted by leading organisations, associations and institutions in the world of conservation, photography and video, among others. We also have the support of a variety of companies and media who are committed to marine conservation.

MARE is always open to other entities and sponsors and aims to become a reference in the area of visual arts promoting conservation messages. The members of our board of advisors have a wealth of relevant knowledge and experience.

Advisory board

  • Aniol Esteban

    Director of Marilles Foundation

  • Irene Estaún

    Director of Biosphere Reserve

  • Sandra Benbeniste

    Director of Ibiza & Formentera Preservation Foundation

  • Brad Robertson

    Director of Save the Med Foundation

  • Paco Membrives

    Chairman of MontPhoto

  • Manu San Félix

    National Geographic Pristine Seas cameraman and founder of Vellmarí, Formentera

  • Agustí Torres

    Photographer & Director of Shark Med

  • Enric Gener

    Photographer & founder of 27 mm

  • Joan Sans

    Member of the AFONIB Board of Directors

  • Sergi Escandell

    Underwater videographer and member of Paleártica Films

WHEN?

We opened the audiovisual competition at the start of the summer season for the conservation of the Balearic Sea to professional and amateur photographers, inviting them to capture images of what hides beneath the surface of the sea.

In early winter we will organize a ceremony to present the photographs and conservation messages that best help us connect with the sea. Prizes will be awarded to the winners during the ceremony.

After the winners are announced, we will organise travelling exhibitions around the Balearic Islands with the finalist and winning images.

FIND US HERE AND STAY IN THE LOOP!

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Mare - Certamen d'Arts Visuals per a la Conservació de la Mar Balear
© Julia Miralles

ETHICAL CODE

The audiovisual competition for the conservation of the Balearic Sea is subject to the code of ethics that regulates conservation photography, which all participants must respect and comply with. The spirit of this code of ethics focuses, above all, on these principles:

  1. The safety of the subject and the preservation of its environment is always more important than obtaining the photograph.
  2. The biology and behaviour of the species to be photographed must be documented beforehand to prevent inappropriate actions.
  3. The necessary permits must be requested from the relevant authorities to photograph species that require this by law or are in protected areas.
  4. Animals must be photographed in their natural environment, with no alteration to their behaviour.
  5. The location of rare or endangered species should not be disclosed, except to accredited researchers and administrations responsible for their conservation.
Mare - Certamen d'Arts Visuals per a la Conservació de la Mar Balear
© Tomás Masiá