MARE photographic exhibition in Mahón from 9 to 31 August

Maó immerses itself in the Balearic Sea with the MARE photographic exhibition

  • With the title “Facing the sea”, MARE invites us to look at our marine environment from the beauty and kindness of shapes, colours and their stories.
  • The exhibition can be visited in Maó’s harbour from the 9th to the 31st of August.


Maó, 9 August 2022

“Do we live facing the sea?” This is the big question posed by the exhibition that, from today until 31 August, can be visited at the port of Maó (Moll de Llevant – right where you take the boat to cross to the Hauser &Wirth Art Gallery) and which invites us to reflect on this question through 45 images from the MARE competition together with a decalogue on what it means to live facing the sea.

MARE, the Audiovisual Competition for the Conservation of the Balearic Sea, thus proposes an immersion in the marine environment through the power of images in order to get to know the privileged environment that surrounds us and to accelerate its conservation. In addition, people who visit the exhibition and share their opinion through the QR code will participate in a draw for a printed image of MARE to be chosen by the winner.

“Facing the sea” tells stories through the winning images of the 2nd edition of MARE – in which 1,000 images were received from 120 participants – about the flora, fauna and incredible landscapes of the Balearic Sea. Also images that invite us to reflect on our relationship with the sea, both positive and negative.

“We are very happy to be able to present MARE’s first travelling and street exhibition on the Islands. We encourage everyone to come and see the exhibition to learn more about the great beauty and richness that exists in our marine environment and above all to remind us that we all have a role to play in the conservation of the sea,” explained Sara García Betorz, coordinator of MARE.

“MARE is funded by the Marilles Foundation and supported by many organisations and professional photographers. We are still at the beginning of a long journey and we need more support to bring the beauty of the sea to the Balearic public and beyond,” added Betroz.

MARE has thanked the Maó Town Hall, the Port Authority and the Hauser & Wirth Art Gallery for welcoming the exhibition to Menorca. “Now more than ever, in these days of heat, in which millions of people visit us, the exhibition invites us to build another look at our environment,” they say from the organization.

3rd edition: from 15 May to 15 September

For all those who would like to participate in MARE, the call for entries for the 3rd edition of the event is now open on the website Up to 20 digital photographs related to the Balearic and Mediterranean Sea can be submitted until 15 September. Each photograph will be accompanied by a message related to conservation.

MARE has established four participation profiles: ADULT EXPERT (> 18 years), ADULT AMATEUR (> 18 years), YOUTH (young people between 14-17 years) and CHILDREN (young people < 14 years) and 5 categories: 1. MARE Animalia; 2. MARE Plantae; 3. MARE Sapiens; 4. MARE Report. 5. MARE Nostrum (new category for the Med)

A total of 10.000 € will be distributed in 23 prizes – financial endowment for the Adult participation and underwater material for the Youth.

A collaborative initiative open to further support

MARE is a collaborative Balearic initiative open to support and donations from other institutions and companies that want to contribute to making the beauty of the Balearic Sea visible and working for its conservation.

It has the financial support of Fundación Marilles and Fundatur, in collaboration with Menorca Reserva de la Biosfera, Ibiza Preservation, Mallorca Preservation Foundation, Menorca Preservation, Save the Med, Iniciativas Mediterráneas, Foro Marino, MedGardens and Raíces Marines.

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