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January 16, 2019
#AlbanianWetlands photo contest

The contest takes place on NaturAL Facebook page (@NaturaAlbania) from 16 to 27 January 2019.

To enter, share a photo from Albania, in one of the following three categories: 1. Waterbird, 2. Wetland and 3. Threats affecting wetlands, on Facebook using the tags #AlbanianWetlands, #KeepWetlands and #IWP019 and @NaturaAlbania. Show us why are wetlands important? Why should we care about the Albanian wetlands and birds that live/rest there? What is threatening them?

A jury made up of representatives from international and national institutions as well as civil society representatives will select 3 winning photos.

What are we looking for? What will be taken into consideration by the jury is: creativity (we are looking for interesting angles), content (show us why you care about the Albanian wetlands and birds that live/rest there), composition (we will rate the aesthetics and the composition of the photo).

Prizes The winners will be announced on 2 February, the World Wetlands Day. Top 3 entries will receive:

1. Complete Guide to the Birds of Europe: Lars Svensson, Peter J. Grant, Killian Mullarney, Dan Zetterström, David A. Christie (Collins edition)

2. Field guidebook for Birds of Albania (Udhëzuesi i Shpendëve të Shqipërisë): Dr. Stoyan Nikolov, Mirjan Topi   

3. A guided visit to Divjakë-Karavasta National Park or to Kunë-Vain-Tale Nature Park for two to three people.

The guided visit to Divjakë-Karavasta National Park is set for 2 people and includes a 1 hour boat tour and a 1 hour ride on mountain bikes. The guided visit to Kunë-Vain-Tale Nature Park is set for 3 people and includes a 1 hour boat tour.

Terms and Conditions

The following Terms and Conditions apply to the #AlbanianWetlands photo contest. By participating in the contest, the candidates accept the full terms and conditions contained herein.

The #AlbanianWetlands Photo contest is organized in the framework of the project "NaturAL” (full title: Strengthening capacity in National Nature Protection preparation for Natura 2000 network). This project aims to halt the loss of biodiversity in Albania through improved management of its protected areas and setting the basis for the future implementation of European Natura 2000 network. The project is co-financed by the European Union and implemented by the Italian Agency for the Development Cooperation (AICS), International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and Società Botanica Italiana (SBI).

Wetlands are our natural treasure; the waterbirds worldwide know it very well! The wetland ecosystems support us in so many ways. They provide flood control, shoreline stabilisation and storm protection, and refill groundwater and purify the water. Wetlands function as reservoirs of biodiversity and offer to the local communities and visitors their products and opportunities for recreation and tourism.

Waterbirds are a key part of wetland ecosystems. Their presence, numbers and trends at a site can tell us a lot about the health and quality of a wetland. Waterbirds connect wetlands and people across cultures and borders. The International waterbird census (IWC) is a monitoring programme operating in 143 countries to collect information on the numbers of waterbirds at wetland sites. This year it took place in Albania on 12-13 January, led by the National Agency for Protected Areas (NAPA) and the Ministry of Tourism and Environment, under the auspices of the Wetlands International and supported by the EU funded project NaturAL. In Albania, each of the partners played a crucial role – NAPA protecting the wetlands, professional ornithologists providing the data on waterbird population to the Ministry of Tourism and Environment who monitors the status of the wetlands, and the project NaturAL’s offering the overall support and financial contribution.

Learn more about the wetlands and the importance of their conservation:

Download: AlbanianWetlands_Terms_and_conditions1.pdf

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