Blue Campaign Photo Contest Winners

Photo: BOV DLH Competition

The Blue Campaign photo contest has ended after the selection of the four winners. Organized by Din l-Art Ħelwa and supported by Bank of Valletta, this annual competition is held as part of the ongoing Blue Campaign to raise awareness of the importance of safeguarding the beauty and condition of the waters surrounding the Maltese Islands.

This year’s edition consisted of two categories – Category A related to photos of sea pollution and any negative impact caused by human activity on the local marine environment, while Category B consisted of photos showing the beauty of the 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 save the marine environment for future generations,” said Professor Alex Torpiano, Executive Chairman of Din l-Art Ħelwa. “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.”

“This annual competition continues to encourage us to work even harder as we always receive very positive feedback and good content from participants,” said Din l-Art Ħelwa Board Member Dr. Stanley Farrugia Randon. “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 support this contest perfectly aligned with the ESG program of the Bank in the achievement of the SDG “Life below water”. “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 of Din l-Art Ħelwa, we hope these snapshots serve as a good lesson to the whole community.

The final winners of the competition are David Agius with ‘Death for no purpose’, Mario Micallef with ‘Entangled Mass’, Lee Jellyman with ‘Cruising the tunnel’ and Victor Micallef with ‘Mediterranean Fan Worm’. The members of Din l-Art Ħelwa and Bank of Valletta would like to congratulate all the winners of the Blue Campaign Photo Contest.

Issued by Bank of Valletta plc, 58, Triq San Zakkarija, Il-Belt Valletta VLT 1130. Bank of Valletta plc is a limited company regulated by the MFSA and is authorized to carry on banking business in accordance with the Banking Act (Cap 371 of the Statutes of Malta).

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Michael E. Marquez