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‘Blue Economy and the Ocean’ Facebook photo competition | 04 September 2019

Photography enthusiasts are being invited to take part in a blue economy themed Facebook photo competition organised by the blue finance committee comprising SWIOFISH 3, the Development Bank of Seychelles, Seychelles Climate Change and Adaptation Trust, and the department of blue economy.

The competition, open to residents of Seychelles aged 18 years and over, requires those taking part to take a photograph which reflects the concept of ‘The Ocean and the Blue Economy of Seychelles’ to be emailed to the committee by September 30 for them to determine if it is eligible.

Entrants will be required to submit their high resolution photographs tobluefinanceseychelles@gmail.com as well as their personal information including name, national identity number, date of birth and email address.

Photographs that the committee deem eligible will then be shared on the blue finance Facebook page and four persons whose photos receive the most ‘likes’ will be selected as the winners of the competition and receive the prizes from the different sponsors.

Photographers have until September 30 to submit their photographs and winners are expected to be announced on October 11.

Up for grabs for the four lucky winners are some impressive prizes. The winner of the first prize will receive a half day Big Game fishing experience with Billy Charter while the second prize winner will win dinner for two persons at Delplace Restaurant. An exciting one hour surf session with I-Surf is up for grabs for the third prize winner, while the fourth prize is an equally-exciting experience comprising a snorkelling tour of the coral nursery at Hilton Northolme Resort and lunch for two persons.

Winning photographs will be used for more marketing to promote blue finance by the Ministry of Finance, Trade, Investment and Economic Planning.

For those requiring some inspiration before snapping those priceless shots, the committee has made available some information about the blue economy and blue finance.

The blue economy is underlined by numerous principles, namely sustainability, social equity, resilience, innovation, transparency, economic efficiency, accountability and partnerships. It is articulated through four pillars including creating sustainable wealth, sharing prosperity, securing healthy, resilient and productive oceans and is implemented through strengthening the enabling environment.

Blue finance is a source of funds for Seychellois who want to invest in the transition to sustainable fisheries. It is intended to be a vehicle to promote and finance sustainable fisheries to provide social, economic and cultural growth for present and future needs, while also conserving fish populations and their habitats ecosystem, ocean protection and the blue economy.

Those interested can now submit their entries. For further information, they can visit www.bluefinance.sc

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