The European Wilderness Society’s partner CEEWeb for Biodiversity is organising a photography contest called Go Wild! Stay Cultured!. The contest marks also 2018 as the European Year of Cultural Heritage. This competition focuses on the interlinkage of culture and Natura 2000, as well as on protected species in protected areas. Above all, it is an invitation to explore the connections between the inspiring nature in Natura 2000, the largest network of protected areas in Europe, and cultural representations.
The competition is free to enter, and the prizes are worth €1500. The deadline is November 18th, CET midnight, so what are you waiting for? Go out and explore, take photos and share your interpretations of nature and culture!
Please also read: Go Wild! Stay Cultured!
The role of photography in conservation
By taking photographs of Natura 2000 sites and other awe-inspiring landscapes, we can help to stop threats such as poaching and logging, which lead to biodiversity loss and habitat degradation. Therefore, we can raise awareness of nature and its role to play in our world. Also we can encourage communities to become passionate about its protection.
Natura 2000 is the largest European sites network for the protection of landscapes, habitats and species. It covers 18% of the terrestrial land in Europe, and also protects important areas with high biodiversity. Click here to read more about Wilderness and Natura 2000 sites, and discover how a Wilderness approach to Natura 2000 can protect the environments and their inhabitants.
Combining nature and art: WILDArt
One way to combine nature and culture, is using art. Recently, European Wilderness Society hosted 11 artists from various countries in Synevyr National Nature Park for the WILDArt Plein Air event in Ukraine. One of the creative results is a film about the experiences and event, watch it here.
So, take a look at this map to find a Natura 2000 site close to you, or one you like to visit. Read more from the European Commission about the link between Natura 2000 and cultural heritage. For more details of the competition you can see CEEWeb’s website, have a look at the contest rules, and see the leaflet below.
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