04 June 2013 | News story
From 14 June to 22 July 2013, IUCN - International Union for Conservation of Nature and SOS - Save Our Species will be hosting an exhibition in Cité du Temps, Geneva, presenting 34 winning photographs from the "Melvita Nature Image Awards 2012”. This international competition, organised by Terre Sauvage magazine and Melvita in partnership IUCN - International Union for Conservation of Nature, attracts entries from all four corners of the planet. The images depict both the beauty of nature and the relationship between man and the natural environment. Visitors will also gain insights into the importance and potential of conservation and learn more about the SOS - Save Our Species initiative, whose goal is to protect threatened species in different parts of the world based on the knowledge generated by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™.
The “Melvita Nature Image Awards” are open to professional and amateur photographers and in 2012 comprised eight categories, embracing different species and subjects such as “People and Nature” and an “Artistic Series”. A fascinating world tour emerges – continually reminding us that this should be both a memory and a future reality thanks to active, effective conservation. Punctuating the stunning 80 cm x 120 cm prints in the exhibition are informative panels and a slideshow. Free postcards featuring endangered animals and a call to action in text form will invite visitors to bring the message home and to participate in the Save Our Species project.
Commenting on why SOS nature is a must see for anyone visiting the Geneva region, Jean-Christophe Vié, SOS Director and Deputy Director at IUCN Global Species Programme explained:
“We all depend on wildlife for a myriad of vital life services such as food, fuel, shelter, leisure, materials, medicines, tourism and inspiration. But, in addition to these concrete benefits for people, nature has always been source of inspiration for our societies. Thanks to the incredible talent and patience of the photographers this exhibit combines art with the natural beauty of our planet. We hope that our visitors will be inspired by this unique collection of images and help us Save Our Species and Save OurSelves”.
SOS nature - Winning pictures from “Melvita Nature Image Awards 2012” will be on display at the Cité du Temps from 14 June to 22 July 2013. Opening hours are from 9am to 6pm and admission is free.
So make sure you include the exhibition on your agenda, and help us at SOS raise awareness and fund nature conservation work!
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