The ResponSEAble Photo contest was launched this summer to raise awareness and responsibility about our sea and oceans. To take part in the competition one had to express on social network “How we can all protect the sea today” and share a photo with a hashtag #responseable.
We have received a lot of photos and would like to thank all of you who took part in the contest and were thinking ‘responSEAble’ with us this summer!
After tough selection process by the jury board we are happy to announce the winner of the ResponSEAble Summer Photo Contest – Maria Costanza Candi – an Italian journalist who lives in Turin.
Winner of the ResponSEAble contest – Maria Costanza Candi
Photo credit: Augusta Giovanolli
The jury would also like to acknowledge photos of Margherita Burchi and Tiago Garcia for receiving the second highest number of votes. Congratulations!
Maria receives ResponSEAble prize – BUREO sunglasses (https://bureo.co/) made out of recycled fishing nets (discarded fishing nets account for 10% of the plastic pollution in the ocean).
Our partners from CSP Eleonora Panto and Augusta Giovannoli had the opportunity to meet the winner to give her the prize and ask what the participation in our contest meant for her:
Question: Why did you participate?
Answer: As we are great sea lovers, it was so fun to engage in this kind of family contest focused on #responseable call. We spent more than 1 month in different areas of a beautiful Italian island Sardinia, with so many different landscapes to enjoy and photograph.
Q: Why/how did you take this winning picture?
A: We were close to Arbatax, a small village in the south eastern part of Sardinia, while we saw this beautiful old tower with an iron ladder we had to climb. While on the top, the view was so great with its 360 perspective, that my 7 years old son was impressed, starting to ask about everything he was looking at, from this very unique perspective. As #responseable was in my mind, I thought it would have been nice to see all that beauty from a kid’s viewpoint. And so, I took a picture!
Q: What do you think about ResponSEAble, what would you like your kid to know about the sea?
A: My kid never saw the Ocean before now, but as the Mediterranean Sea is so full of plastic and microplastic and so empty of fish and life we are used to talk about it. For instance we talk about the reasons why when snorkeling we don’t see animals, but plastic, even in very clean and pollution free areas. I would like to see a special project in schools explaining that everything is related, from what we consume everyday up to what you eat because pollution is definitely a crucial topic for their generation as it should be for our generation as well.
Q: What about your prize? Do you like it?
A: I find these sunglasses super-cool! They are so trendy both design and environmental responsibility content. Almost zero emissions! Thank you very much for that!
The Photo Contest had good participation, with a lot of expressive and very beautiful photos and it was not easy for the jury to choose just one picture…
The message that the project wanted to spread was very well understood by the participants who, through the immediacy of the images stressed not only the beauty but the problems faced by our seas today.
Many thanks to all who participated in animating social media with this important hashtag – #responseable: we hope to launch soon a new competition – this time a Winter one !