Award winning in 5th International Underwater Photography Contest ”CITTA’ DI VENEZIA 2012”

CITTA' DI VENEZIA 2012

My photo of a hippocampus, posing proud attached in Poseidonia oceanica with the sunburst in the background as a crown won the First Prize on the Mediterranean Macro Category.

The shot was taken in the crystal clear waters of Chalkidiki, on a diving destination near my hometown Thessaloniki.

For a second year in a raw, all winning photos will be exhibited on the historical and impressive building of the Natural History Museum of Venice, known as the msn. The Museum is housed in the Fontego dei Turchi, built as a palazzo for the Pesaro family in the 13th century. With its imposing Grand Canal façade, it is one of the most famous secular buildings in Venice.
I believe that no other place would be more suitable for this exhibition than the msn. The visitors will be able to view some impressive scenes of our seas in the present time imprinted on photographic paper, in contrast of the historic exhibits, the fossils, the shells and the old graphics designs. The Venice Natural History Museum was set up in 1923 to house various local scientific collections: from the Museo Correr, from the Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere e Arti and others. Over time, this material was added to, through acquisitions and donations, to make up the present rich, varied and fragile collection that spans 700 million years, with two million finds, zoological, entomological and botanical collections, fossils and anatomic preparations, as well as ethnographic collections, marvels and a library with over 40 thousand volumes.