#MyBlue

ARE YOU IN LOVE WITH THE SEA?

'Conservation only works if you fall in love with the sea'. Inspired by the life and legacy of Jacques Mayol, #MyBlue aims to raise awareness about our connection to the ocean and the need to protect it. The campaign is based on our personal, lifelong relationship with the sea, the emotions it brings to us, the beauty of the underwater world and the effects of water on our body and soul.

#MyBlue is a collaboration between ARTEWWF Greece, the European documentary network Moving DocsGreek Travel Pages and Anemon, under the auspices of the Greek Tourism Organisation.

 

The campaign runs on social media, in parallel to the release of the documentary Dolphin Man on ARTE and the Dolphin Man VR series on arte.tv/arte360 (available since September 25th).

#MyBlue is also supported by a growing number of businesses which embrace ocean conservation and engages a global community of freedivers, conservationists, photographers, swimmers and blue activists to celebrate the beauty of the sea!

PHOTO COMPETITION

Share your special moments under, over, in or out of the water and win a unique diving experience in Greece, diving equipment and invitations to the screenings of Dolphin Man. 

The #MyBlue photography competitions are open to the general public through social media.

All users can participate in the competitions, regardless of nationality or photographic skill.

Your photographs must reflect your personal relationship with the sea and the importance of water in your life.

 

The European photo competition (1 Sept. 2017 - 7 Jan. 2018) was organised in collaboration with ARTE, Moving Docs, Grand Resort LagonissiAthens Divers Club, Cressi and Discover Your Depths

The first photo competition (1 June - 31 August 2017) was organised in collaboration with 'Photographer' magazine and Apnea.

SEE THE #MyBlue PHOTOS

Visit the Facebook event Photo Competition #MyBlueEurope 

(background photo by Elias Cosindas)

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WINNERS

Discover the winners of our latest #MyBlue Photo Competition.

Where is their favorite spot on planet ocean? What is their special connection to water? 

1ST PRIZE - Huub Waaldijk

1ST PRIZE - Huub Waaldijk

Freediver Jenny Kim cruising over the expanding airbubble's of the techdivers in the deep - Blue Hole, Dahab april 2017. ............ PRIZE: Moving Docs will fly him to Greece, where he will stay at the Grand Resort Lagonissi and dive in the waters of the Aegean with the Athens Divers Club.

2ND PRIZE - Stefano Proakis

2ND PRIZE - Stefano Proakis

Costa Navarino, August 2015 - Greece. ............ PRIZE: an online free-diving course "Apnea & Yoga" by Sara Campbell - Discover Your Depths

3rd PRIZE - Vassiliki Fidopoulou

3rd PRIZE - Vassiliki Fidopoulou

Summer 2017, Thassos island, Greece. Crab camouflaged. ............ PRIZE: a professional set of Cressi diving gear

4th PRIZE - Áthila Bertoncini

4th PRIZE - Áthila Bertoncini

Arraial do Cabo, February 2015. Sometimes it looks the sea, sometimes, another planet. ............ PRIZE: a professional set of Cressi diving gear

Tati Martina Ratata

Tati Martina Ratata

Where the sky kisses the sea. Kojadoi islands, Indonesia, March 2017

Jana McGeachy

Jana McGeachy

Freediver & Whale Shark Dance in a swirling frenzy of bait fish, krill & red bell jellies; Ningaloo Reef circa 2013.

Mady Lykeridou

Mady Lykeridou

Courageous winter swimmers in the frozen waters of Lake Leman. Switzerland, November 2017

Nicolas Largueze

Nicolas Largueze

The tightrope walker Dahab, August 12th 2016

Diogo Cardoso

Diogo Cardoso

It was day six of wandering through the Atlantic. As the sun started to set, the waves crumbled fiercely against our vessel and blended with the crackling of the hull i started distinguishing a gentle whisper: the ocean was talking. Somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean, September 2017

Angelos Psomopoulos

Angelos Psomopoulos

The girl who run away from the sun. Agios Nikolaos, Greece - August 15, 2017.

Galina Str

Galina Str

Thousand shades of emerald. St.Naum springs in Ohrid, 03.11.2013

Diane Murphy Weaver

Diane Murphy Weaver

2°C and feeling properly cold now. 19th December 2017, River Thames, Marlow.

Gabi Pérez‎

Gabi Pérez‎

Walking in the interface between Air and Ocean... Alicante coast, Spain - December 2017.

Zoi Pahounti

Zoi Pahounti

Where the wifi is weak but you don't care... Amorgos island, Greece - 4/6/2017

DIMITRIS KARAVELLAS

WWF Greece General Manager

"The sea gives life all around the world. And whenever we agree on the measures to adopt and we start protecting some areas, the marine ecosystems recover. The oceans can continue giving life to us if we take care of them."

MEHGAN HEANEY-GRIER

Conservationist & Freediving Champion, USA

"As a people, as a society, we have gotten so far away from nature. You get on that treadmill and then you stop and take a step back and realise that you're having a huge nature deficit. Especially with our kids, we have this opportunity to find an equilibrium, to seek out that nature, and bring that back into our lives."

ALEXIS DUVIVIER

Apnea Champion, France

"When I dive, I get a few minutes cut off from the exterior world. It’s the silence, the discovery of the sea and the life it carries… it’s pure happiness. It’s that freedom of having a few minutes to yourself."

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HIGHLIGHTS

AUTHENTIC BIG BLUE

AMORGOS REVISITED

Amorgos Island revives the unique and mythical movie “Le Grand Bleu” by organizing a free-diving event, 30 years after the film's release.

Hosted on the island of Amorgos, the first international competition Authentic Big Blue took place in September 2017 and is planned to be staged annually. 

Alongside the main free-diving event, Amorgos hosts a gastronomy festival, so athletes, guests, fans and the public can experience the flavors of the local Greek products and cuisine and showcase the nation’s culinary skills.

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PHOTOGRAPHERS

Meet the photographers who are shaping the way we look at the sea.

What inspires them? How do they inspire us?

MIKE BARTICK

MIKE BARTICK

The tranquility and busy finesse of mother nature is never more evident and in tune then in the ocean. Our oceans are really the barometer for all living subjects on the planet, we owe so much to it but do so little for it in return. I’ve always had the good fortune of living near the coast and now right on the water. I dive aprx. 20 days a month and enjoy seeing the changes of the seasons, underwater. I love the open ocean just as much as i do the smaller subjects.

SMOKEY THE FROG

SMOKEY THE FROG

I love the small benthic animals that live on the substrate. They have enormous challenges for survival as they don’t have the ability to flee their predators. These small but capable subjects must hunt, reproduce and proliferate in a world that is hostile at all times.

A LARVAL LIONFISH

A LARVAL LIONFISH

This photo was shot in Northwest Bali near the Mimpi Channel while drifting in the open ocean at night. Blackwater diving connects me with the ocean by allowing me to explore and drift with the current. The feeling of being small in such a large environment can be intimidating and exciting at the same time. Discovering the unique larval subjects that survive as planktons prior to settling on the sea floor is a one of kind experience.

SEA NETTLES

SEA NETTLES

A “Smack” of sea nettles drifting through the shallow coastal water’s of Monterey Bay, California. Diving with sea nettles is quite interesting, drifting along with them in the open ocean with them surrounding you at all times, pulsing and flowing. The experience is unique and one of a kind.

SEAN SCOTT

SEAN SCOTT

My work would probably be non existent if it wasn’t for the ocean. I originally got into photography because of my passion for surfing and I wanted to express the beauty I saw in the ocean. I found photography a great way to share this.

SHARK BEAUTY

SHARK BEAUTY

I was watching hundreds of sharks feasting on bait fish for hours, its one of the best wildlife experiences I have seen. Mother nature at its finest. (Image taken 2 July 2017)

ISLAND DREAMING

ISLAND DREAMING

My fascination with the Cook Islands continues... From its untouched white beaches, scattered with palm trees to crystal clear water lapping the sand. It really is a photographers paradise. (Image taken 5 June 2015)

TURTLE FLIGHT

TURTLE FLIGHT

This image was taken on Lady Elliot Island, a small island at the Southern tip of the Great Barrier Reef. It has an abundance of wildlife, turtles, manta rays, reef sharks and whales. (Image taken 17 Feb 2017)

DAAN VERHOEVEN

DAAN VERHOEVEN

"The sea represents a paradox to me: both a home and a completely alien place, as familiar as my own salty tears and as strange as my dreams. Though i do parts of my work underneath her surface, she never feels like an office, but often like a playground, sometimes like a battle zone. She gives life and joy as easily as she takes lives and efforts carelessly. She represents to me something much greater than me, and the honour to be part of that, of her, sometimes when we dive."

Georgina Miller blowing a bubble ring, 2013.

Seal near Newquay, UK, June 2017.

Sofia Gomez and Johnny Sunnex kiss at the edge of Dean's Blue Hole, 2015.

JUNJI TAKASAGO

JUNJI TAKASAGO

"I was born and raised near the sea. The sea fed me and made me who I am today. I became a photographer have been photographing the sea, which has provided me a living. Most importantly, the sea has taught me the true relationship between human and nature."

DOLPHIN

DOLPHIN

Honduras, March 1997

WHALE SHARK

WHALE SHARK

Maldives, February 2010

SEA LION

SEA LION

Galapagos Islands, July 1998

#MyBlue PARTNERS

#MyBlue runs under the auspices of the Greek Tourism Organisation in collaboration with ARTEWWF Greece, Moving Docs, Greek Travel Pages and Anemon.

#MyBlue SUPPORTERS 

Meet the businesses, brands and organisations who embrace marine conservation as a priority 

and are supporting #MyBlue in celebrating the beauty of the sea

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OUT OF THE BLUE

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CONTACTS

General inquiries & festivals

Anemon Productions

info@anemon.gr

Dolphin Man TV distribution​

Jan Rofekamp

jan@filmstransit.com

© 2017 by Anemon Productions

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DOLPHIN

Honduras, March 1997

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