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The Contest #SardiniaWetlands. "A beautiful photograph tells a story, reveals a place, an event, a state of mind, is more powerful than pages and written pages. In one shot, the writer Isabel Allende said in other words, you can capture the thought and emotions, the suggestions and the "genius loci". In short, a small miracle enclosed in an image. With the #SardiniaWetlands photo contest, reserved for students of secondary schools in Sardinia, we are on the hunt for small wonders: the competition will reward the most beautiful shots on the wetlands of Sardinia. Just a click, publish the photo on the social network Instagram, accompanied by the hashtag of the initiative #SardiniaWetlands #MARISTANIS #WorldWetlandsDay #MEDSEA #AFNI, report the name of the place and the date on which the photo was taken. The last step to participate to the Contest is to fill in the registration form, which must be sent - along with a copy of the image uploaded on Instagram - to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by the deadline set for January 21, 2019 at 12,00 am. 


What to photograph. The tip: let yourself be enchanted by the beauty of the wetlands of Sardinia. A few more clues: stop your gaze on lagoons and marshes, peatlands or basins, natural or artificial, permanent or temporary, with stagnant or running water, fresh, brackish, or salty, including expanses of sea water whose depth, during low tide, does not exceed six meters, according to the definition of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance. The black and white or colour photo may capture the flora, fauna or landscape of the wetlands, whether anthropogenic or natural (towers, coastal dunes, fishponds, etc.), and must be uploaded through the student's Instagram account. Each candidate can participate with a single photograph.


The awards. The first prize winner will receive a souvenir certificate, a Sony brand camera, Model DSC-HX350, a photographic book on the rivers of Italy published by AFNI and an annual subscription to the naturalistic photography magazine ASFERICO. 

The runner-up will receive a souvenir certificate, binoculars Marca Nikon Model Optics Prostaff 3S 8x42, a photo book on the rivers of Italy published by AFNI and an annual subscription to the nature photography magazine ASFERICO.

The third place winner, who will be the author who has achieved the highest consensus from the public of Instagram, will receive a souvenir certificate, binoculars Brand K&F Model Optics10x42, a book of photographs of the rivers of Italy published by AFNI and an annual subscription to the journal of nature photography ASFERICO.

The award ceremony will be held on 2 or 3 February 2019 on the occasion of the International Day of Wetlands.


The protagonists. The protagonists are you, students, lovers of nature and photography, who know how to talk through social and engage in the field for the protection of the environmental heritage of Sardinia. Only then do we arrive, called to the difficult task of choosing your photos. The shots will be evaluated by a specially prepared jury composed of: the Regional Coordinator of AFNI, the Project coordinator of Maristanis, a delegate of the Provincial section of the LIPU, a delegate of the Cultural Association 3DNA.

The initiative. The photographic Contest #SardiniaWetlands, organized in the framework of the Maristanis Project and on the occasion of the World Wetlands Day, is promoted by the Mediterranean Sea and Coast Foundation (MEDSEA) and organized by the Association of Italian Naturalists Photographers - Sardinia Section (AFNI).