Organization of the world championship awards prizes to the students of the schools involved.
The Contest “SDG#14 – Ocean and Coastal Zones” took place from September 21st to October 6th and had the participation of 60 students from schools in Porto Santo.
The competition was part of the awareness campaign of the “Porto Santo Sem Lixo Marinho” (Porto Santo Without Marine Waste) project and the Underwater Video and Photography World Championship, with the aim of involving the school community in raising awareness of the impact of pollution on marine life.
The works submitted to the jury were submitted by students from the Externato Nossa Senhora da Conceição and from the EB1/PE and Elementary School of Porto Santo, and the works were evaluated by 3 athletes from the championship (Katja Kieslich from Germany and Marino Brzac and Goran Strk from Croatia), 2 community members (Márcia Pimenta and Sónia Freitas) and one element of the “Porto Santo Sem Lixo Marinho” (Porto Santo Without Marine Waste) project (Marta Barata, ANP|WWF). (Get to know the jury better here).
The awards ceremony for the amateur event took place on October 9th, at the Centro Cultural de Congressos, at the closing ceremony of the 4th Underwater Video World Championship and the 18th Underwater Photography World Championship.
The competition awarded prizes in the painting, video and photography categories with underwater cameras, boat trips and vouchers for snorkeling equipment. The awardees were as follows:
Photography Category – 1st place:
Eva Ferreira, 6 years old – “Porto Santo Reserva da Biosfera” (Porto Santo Biosphere Reserve)
Video Category – 1st place:
Beatriz Câmara e Francisca Sousa, 8 years old – “I. A. – O Robot Amigo dos Oceanos” (I. A. – The Ocean-Friendly Robot)
Painting Category – 1st place:
Flor Ornelas, 9 years old – “Máscara de mergulho: o oceano é colorido sem lixo” (Scuba mask: the ocean is colorful without garbage)
2nd place ex aequo:
Camila Mendonça, 9 years old – “Temos de cuidar do Oceano. Não devemos deitar lixo, porque assim destruímos os animais marinhos.” (We have to take care of the ocean. We must not litter, because that way we destroy marine animals)
Pedro Drumond, 8 years old – “Almofada do mar – caneja: Se o nosso oceano queres conhecer, a caneja tens de ver.” (Sea pillow – caneja: If you want to know our ocean, you have to see caneja.)
Raquel Azevedo, 8 years old – “Almofada do mar – tartaruga: A tartaruga é uma vida marinha que temos de proteger.” (Sea pillow – turtle: The turtle is a marine life that we have to protect.)
3rd place ex aequo:
Santiago Vares, 10 years old – “Escolhas: Vida marinha saudável vs. Vida marinha em sofrimento.” (Choices: Healthy marine life vs. Marine life in distress.)
Henrique Cunha, 6 years old – “Mergulho e… Vejo a vida marinha!” (Dive and… I see marine life!”)
The prizes were kindly offered to the students by the World Championship Organization. Porto Santo Schools and public entities, with permanent representation in Porto Santo and intervention at the social and educational level, which publicized and promoted the Contest among their beneficiaries and their target audience, in a proven way, received an underwater camera.
The “Porto Santo Sem Lixo Marinho” (Porto Santo Without Marine Waste) project is co-financed by the Environment Program of the EEA Grants and promoted by Associação Natureza Portugal, in partnership with WWF Portugal, AIDGLOBAL, ARM – Água e Resíduos da Madeira, S.A., the Municipality of Porto Santo and the MARE – Marine and Environmental Sciences Centre in Madeira, hosted by ARDITI. It also has the support of WWF Norway and the Secretariat for Environment, Natural Resources and Climate Change of the Regional Government of Madeira.