2021 Blue Campaign Photo Contest Winners Announced

The four winners of the Blue Campaign 2021 photographic competition, organized by Din l-Art Ħelwa and backed by Bank of Valletta, were announced.

These are David Agius, who won with his photo Death without purpose; Mario Micallef, who presented the entry Tangled Mass; Lee Jellyman, who went underwater for his winning shot Tunnel cruise; and Victor Micallef, who captured the Mediterranean fan worm.

The annual competition is held as part of the ongoing Blue Campaign, which raises awareness of the importance of safeguarding the beauty and condition of the waters surrounding the Maltese Islands.

This year’s edition included two categories. Category A was for photos of marine pollution and any negative impact caused by human activity on the local marine environment, while Category B included photos of underwater life around Malta and Gozo. First and second place winners in both categories received cash prizes.

“Through these photos, we are sending a strong message that we are not doing enough to protect the marine environment for future generations,” said Alex Torpiano, Executive Chairman of Din l-Art Ħelwanoted.

“Choosing the best photos was not easy at all, and for that we would like to thank all the participants and Bank of Valletta for making this year’s Blue Campaign more special.”

Stanley Farrugia Randon, Board Member of Din l-Art Ħelwacommented, “This annual competition continues to encourage us to work even harder as we always receive very positive feedback and good content from participants.

“We are pleased to see that year after year, this educational initiative continues to arouse the interest of many people, such as members of diving schools, photography enthusiasts and those who have the environment at heart.

Charles Azzopardi, Head of CSR and Communications at Bank of Valletta, explained how to support this contest that is fully aligned with the bank’s Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) program in achieving the Sustainable Development Goal (ODD) “Life Underwater”.

“Through the implementation of an ESG vision, we aim to achieve certain United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by not only protecting the environment, but also educating the local community. As we continue to support the hard work done by Din l-Art Ħelwawe hope these snapshots serve as a good lesson to the whole community,” he said.

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Michael E. Marquez