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The power of images: conserving the sea

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The second edition of MARE, the Audiovisual Competition for the Conservation of the Balearic Sea, is here!

Balearic Islands, 10 May 2021 – MARE – the photography and documentary contest that invites citizens to capture the beauty of the Balearic Sea and to get involved in its conservation – is a collaborative initiative promoted by organisations and entities committed to marine conservation and nature photography and video.

In its second edition, photographs accompanied by environmental conservation messages can be submitted from 15 July to 15 September. The entry form and rules are available on the website

The success of the first edition

The first edition of MARE in 2020 was very well received. 120 people participated (103 adults and 17 young people) with almost 1,000 entries (883 photographs, 6 videos and 3 reports with 36 images) and thanks to the support of 19 collaborating entities.

You can see all the winning images of MARE 2020 on the website, and the award ceremony in the following link: MARE 2021 Awards Ceremony.

 II edition: from 15 July to 15 September

The full terms and conditions are available on the website

Up to 15 digital photographs per entrant can be submitted related to the Balearic Sea that bring to light its richness and beauty, as well as those that expose the human relationship with the sea, whether they are denunciations or success stories.

In all cases, the photographs must be taken in the Balearic Sea during the years 2020 and 2021.

For the Adult participants (> 18 years old), a distinction is made between amateur (original JPG essential) and expert (RAW essential). Each participant may submit up to 15 photographs distributed into 5 categories: 1. MARE Animalia; 2. MARE Plantae; 3. MARE Magna; 4. MARE Nostrum; 5. MARE Denounces.

For the Young participants, a distinction will be made between children (< 14 years) and young adult (14-17 years).

Registration is free for young members of the Associació de Fotògrafs i Filmadors de Natura de les Illes Balears (AFONIB), the Federación Balear de Actividades Subacuáticas (FBDAS) or/and associated diving centres. For the rest of participants the registration fee is 10 euros.

All proposals must be accompanied by a conservation message.

A total of €10,000 will be distributed in 23 prizes – cash prizes for the Adult participation and underwater equipment for the Youth. The awards at MARE serve to build a collective appreciation of the Balearic Sea and to give further recognition to the photographers who connect the general public with the sea. 

The best projects submitted will be selected for inclusion in the travelling exhibition that will tour the Balearic Islands in 2022.

Marine Documentary Award

In order to join forces, MARE has established a collaboration agreement with Menorca Doc Fest to promote the PRIZE FOR THE BEST DOCUMENTARY ON MARINE ENVIRONMENT, the rules of which can be consulted at the following link:

This is a documentary prize whose aim is to raise awareness of the relationship between the islands and the Mediterranean Sea from a critical or descriptive perspective. We are looking for documentaries that stir consciences and with powerful stories.

The best documentary on the Mediterranean Sea will be awarded a cash prize. In addition, the four best proposals will be part of the exhibition Menorca Doc Fest 2021 and Aula Doc Fest, to showcase the richness and beauty of our sea.

To keep up to date with MARE

The website will also update the agenda with workshops and activities programmed for underwater photography, exhibitions of the winning photographs of the first edition, as well as the talks planned during the summer months on all the islands.

We encourage you to follow our Instagram and Facebook channels to keep up to date.

A collaborative initiative open to further support

MARE is a collaborative Balearic initiative open to support and donations from other institutions and companies that wish to contribute to making the beauty of the Balearic Sea visible and working for its conservation.

It has the financial support of Fundacio Marilles and Fundatur in collaboration with Menorca Reserva de la Biosfera, IbizaPreservation, Mallorca Preservation Foundation, Menorca Preservation Fund, Save the Med, Iniciatives Mediterrànies and Foro Marino de Ibiza y Formentera.

Sara García Betorz, coordinator of MARE, states that: “The second edition of MARE has been conceived and designed considering the results of the first edition and the great experience of the Advisory Council. We wanted to emphasise the three cross-cutting values of MARE: the beauty and richness that we still have in our sea and especially in Marine Protected Areas, the need to reconnect with the sea and the urgency of promoting marine recovery and conservation actions.”

“MARE helps us to understand and get to know the privileged environment where we live through photography and video and to remind us that we all have a role to play in the preservation of the Balearic Sea.

She adds: “The birth of MARE has been possible thanks to the help of many organisations and underwater photography professionals. We are still at the beginning of a long journey and we need support to ensure high participation and to bring the beauty of the Balearic Sea to the Balearic public and beyond.”

Aniol Esteban, director of the Marilles Foundation: Through images, a positive story and the participation of thousands of citizens MARE can achieve commitments for the conservation of the Balearic Sea. At a time of crisis like the one we are living through, an initiative like MARE is more necessary than ever. The conservation of the sea and the coast of the islands is and must be a key element in the economic recovery of the Balearic Islands.”

Sandra Benbeniste, director of IbizaPreservation: “We are delighted to be able to continue promoting the MARE photographic competition in Ibiza and Formentera for the second consecutive year. In its first edition we confirmed the power of the image to immediately transmit the richness of our marine environment, as well as the threats it faces, which constitutes a powerful tool to promote conservation actions of the Balearic sea.”

Paco Membrives, Montphoto: “In this society of unoriginal and superfluous ideas, it is a pleasure to see the birth of a well thought-out project with a commitment to environmental knowledge and conservation. In its first edition, MARE exceeded any initial expectations with extraordinary care and seriousness in its procedures. Let the show go on!”