A very good friend and also a passionate underwater photographer, Michel Lonfat, that was attending the 37th Festival mondial de l’image sous-marine at Palais du Pharo in Marseille informed me unofficially on Saturday that one of my photographs won a prize at the festival.
I had to wait until Monday morning to have the official results and confirm that indeed one of my submitted photographs named ”Image of jellyfish” won a prize at Portfolios from OCEAN GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY with artistic mention and a voucher of 1800 USD for MSY SeaHorse!
The ”Festival mondial de l’image sous-marine” is one of the most – if not the most – important festival of underwater photography in the world of diving. For 37 years, the world Festival of the underwater image has gathered the artistic, photographic and cinematographic productions of the underwater world. The Festival is opened with the largest audience; it allows the meeting of those who worship the sea and the devoted and enthousiastic photographers and cinematographers; the creators of sea images.
More than 100 exhibitors, more than 450 photographs in contest and more than 140 films projected on large screen, all works in contest accessible to the public. Thus, each year, during 5 days, the Festival opens a window to the audience with view on the seas and oceans. Moreover, this year’s festival was even more essential because the festival had Jean-Michel Cousteau as the honorary president because of the celebration of the 100th anniversary of his father’s birth Jacques-Yves Cousteau, in presence of those who took part in the Calypso odyssey.
With great pleasure in my heart I will keep on the hard work hopping that next year I will attend also the 5 days of the festival.