Ivan Alexiev, Mayor of Pomorie Municipality
Pomorie Lake is the pride of Pomorie residents, known not only throughout Bulgaria but also the world for its healing possibilities, its lye and mud, and its salt and birds. Today, the lake is facing a number of problems that need to be urgently solved if we want the salt to be extracted from here, mud to retain its healing properties and Pomorie to continue to be a resort of national spa importance. In recent years, salt extraction has fallen dramatically (from 12 000 to 4 000 tonnes) and not a tonne of salt has been extracted since 2021 because of low profitability.
In order to find out what the youth of Pomorie (and not only) think about the lake and its future, and also to draw people's attention to this wonderful place and its care, the Life for Pomorie Lagoon Project is organizing a youth contest.
"Fresh or salty is the future of Lake Pomorie?", dedicated to the Natura 2000 Day (21 May 2023).
"We invite you to illustrate, describe, film, and tell anything that excites you about Pomorie Lake and you think is important and worth sharing with all of us. Your opinion matters and will reach the people and institutions who are concerned about its protection. So let's hear it!" the organizers invite.
Conditions for participation
The competition is open to any student or group of students from the Municipality of Pomorie or from the country who is interested in Pomorie Lake and is between 5 and 18 years old.
Participants will be divided into the following age groups:
Age group A - 5 to 8 years old
Age group B - 9 to 13 years
Age group C - 14 to 18 years
Each participant can enter several categories:
|Drawing||There are no restrictions on the size of the drawing and the technique used (watercolour, oil, pencils, etc.) The only condition is to present Pomorie Lake in its current state, as you imagine it in the future or as you would like it to look. Send us a good-quality photo of your drawing, and if it is awarded, we will take the original to arrange an exhibition.|
|Photography, photo story||Photos of the lake or its inhabitants, fragments, photo narratives or photo collages are accepted. Each participant can enter up to 3 photos.|
|Video clip||Up to 3-minute videos are accepted and can be raw or specially edited.|
|Essay, short story, poem||Themed artwork of up to 10,000 characters is accepted and must be submitted in digital format.|
|Applied art, installation, mini sculpture||There are no restrictions on the technique used. The only condition is to present Pomorie Lake in its current state, as you imagine it in the future or as you would like it to look. Send us a good-quality photo of your work, and if you are awarded, we will expect the original to arrange in an exhibition.|
|Poster, collage||Let your imagination run wild and present your message about the lake in poster or collage form. There is no limit to the size or technique used. Send us a good-quality photo of your artwork, and if you are awarded, we will expect the original to arrange in an exhibition.|
|The idea for an initiative||Give us your idea for an initiative you would like to organize together with friends or fellow citizens to improve the condition of Pomorie Lake. Describe it to us and send it to us in digital format (photos, sketches or other accompanying materials may be included)|
Deadline for participation
Send your work or idea by 15 May 2023 to firstname.lastname@example.org
Include name, age, location, school/kindergarten/club/reading school. Include contact details for feedback - phone and email.
Each participant is personally responsible for entering the competition with only their own work that does not infringe on the copyright of others. All entries should be made independently or co-authored by those submitting to the competition. The Life for Pomorie Lagoon Project is not responsible for the authorship of the entries.
For the winners in each category, there will be many prizes provided by the partners of the project "Life for Pomorie Lagoon".
Participants whose works are awarded in the competition are obliged, if requested by the organizers, to provide their works in original, for participation in an exhibition during the award ceremony.
The winners will be announced at an award ceremony in Pomorie, information about which will be available at https://lifeforpomorielagoon.eu/.
The competition is organised by the Bulgarian Biodiversity Foundation (BBF) within the framework of the project "Life for Pomorie Lagoon" (LIFE19 NAT/BG/000804), co-funded by the EU LIFE Programme. More about the project at https://lifeforpomorielagoon.eu/ and on the Facebook page Life for Pomorie Lagoon.
For more information Radostina Tzenova, BBF - 0896798908
Communications Expert LIFE project "Life for Pomorie Lagoon"