Since 2018, Arasarí Conservation and Research has been organizing an annual photography contest, in order to highlight the landscapes, fauna, flora and uses of our biodiversity , through the eyes of students from rural and urban educational institutions in Colombia . In 2018, the theme was “A recognition of the territory” , seeking to demonstrate the ecosystem and socio-cultural value that students perceived from the landscapes of their territory and their daily environments.
The photographs of the sixteen participating students will be presented below, taken from six departments in Colombia. In the case of the four winners, we will present the texts that accompany each of their photographs.
WINNERS IN THE CATEGORY "ECOLOGICAL VALUE AND IMPORTANCE"
First place: "The fascinating thing about the world lies in its magic"
Karla Mishell Montoya Ibáñez, Cafam Bellavista District Educational Institution, Bogotá DC, Cundinamarca.
“Man is an imperceptible part of the infinite universe, but by joining with others he can achieve great changes. But the human being has many times stopped caring about what is truly important, since he is blinded by technology, which makes him believe himself superior, without knowing that he is destroying himself, creating a dependency that makes him forget that he does not have the need to create so many things on which it becomes dependent, because the universe offers something beyond technology.
With the emergence of rational thinking, progress has been astonishing. What for those primitive men were enigmas, we observe today with conscience and knowledge.
But is that, evolve, get closer, relate? If so, why do we destroy ourselves so easily? Evolve, achieve purity of the soul, seek wisdom and knowledge, will make a better world.
Living, even for a single moment, is the highest duty and mission that we must fulfill. "
Second place: "Blue awakening"
Gloria Sofía Camargo, Eusebio Septimio Mari Educational Institution Headquarters, Riohacha, La Guajira.
“On the beaches of our beautiful and beloved Riohacha, you can rest your feet, relax and sit and enjoy the charms of the beautiful sea that blends with the wonderful blue sky. The white sand that meets the sea once again delights us to the full, it is calm and sparkling in this delicate environment. "
WINNERS OF THE CATEGORY "VALUE AND SOCIO-CULTURAL IMPORTANCE"
First place: "The most beautiful canvas"
Jelissca Illidge Arguelles, Eusebio Septimio Mari Educational Institution Headquarters, Riohacha, La Guajira.
“The sky is a canvas, a canvas painted by clouds. The beautiful sunset tinted in orange tones is an unparalleled sight before the human eye. If you are not excited about art, try observing this beautiful landscape; try observing that sky that seems painted by the best painter, a natural masterpiece. A sight that is simply magnificent. "
Second place: "Manaure white bride from Colombia"
Darwin Henrique Suárez Díaz, Sagrado Corazón de Jesús Educational Institution,
Manaure, La Guajira.
“The sea salt produced in artisan ponds and exploited by the Wayuu manufactures (indigenous to the Department of La Guajira); It is the source of economic income for the region; which, takes 4 to 6 months for its formation, in tanks or ponds of sea water, after adding brine, which with the help of the evaporation of the water by the inclement sun that characterizes the population is considered as result of sea salt that is exported and used on the table of each Colombian to flavor the food obtained from the opposite process to that of the strong pink flamingos at the beginning until reaching the white color; its derivatives are also used to feed cattle and goat skins tanning. "
Rights of use: The photographs sent will become part of the image bank and may be used by Arasarí Conservación e Investigación SAS without limitation of publication date by accepting to participate. Participants whose photographs are chosen will accept that their photographs be published on social networks (Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, etc.), the company's website, advertising pieces. In all cases, the respective credits and authorship of the published photographs will be recorded.