2nd Blue Vision Photography Festival Came to an End

The closing ceremony of Blue Vision Photography festival took place on the evening of June 20th at Negarestan Museum Garden with special appearances from president‘s deputy Masoome Ebtekar, Ahmad Masjed Jameii from Tehran‘s city council, Mohammad Reza Tabesh from the parliment, Majid Sarsangi the cultural and social deputy director of university of Tehran, Sasan Kazemi Nejad and the cultural attachés of Ukraine, Bangladesh and Belarus.

The ceremony begun with Majid Sarsansagi thanking the organizers and the guests and appreciated the festival‘s effort for raising awareness about the environmental issues in the national and international arena. He also talked about the history of the festival, its expansion into the international stage, the creation of dual exhibition both in Iran and Spain and also his gratitude about the importance of this festival and its role in years to come.

After this, Dr. Masoome Ebtekar who is the vice president in women and family matters talked about the effect of student activism and the increase of environmental efforts in universities and schools which is a sign of devotion of the youth and millennials in societies critical issues.

Followed by this speech, Ahmad Masjed Jameii came to the stage to talk about the importance of raising awareness about the semi-dry regions of the country and talked about social and cultural adaptation to these environments and the role of artistic festival such as blue vision in adopting the society for this cultural migration.

Dr. Sasan Kazemi Nejad also talked about the wasteful energy consumption habits of the country. He worried that Iran‘s 7th place world ranking is a warning and its an important to raise awareness about sustainable consumption through cultural activities.

After this, Masood Mokari, the festival CEO took the stage and talked about the philosophies guiding this competition. He gave an overview of the activities in the past few months and mentioned that over 6,120 photographs have been submitted from 28 country and 204 universities through the festival‘s official website which proves the importance of this issue and its resonance with the current generation across the globe.
As for the exhibition, the total of 120 work from 69 Iranian and 13 foreign photographers have been selected to be showcased Iran and a total of 25 pictures selected for the exhibition in Spain.

Amin Mokhtari, the chairman of Blue Circle Environmental group and the artistic director of the festival talked about international partnerships across universities and talked about the expansion of the group into an official NGO which creates the platform for expanded cross-university and cross-cultural partnerships across students from all over the world.

Also the ceremony had a live stream from spain‘s exhibition were Shahin Javadi Nezhad, the international director of the festival talked about establishing the international chapter of this student association in Europe and its success during its seven day run.

In the end, the winners of this years festival were announced to this order:

Main Category: Babak Rostami, Davood IzadPanah, Seyed Ali Hosseini Far
Mobile Category: Mostafa Gholam Nezhad, Mahdie Sadat Safari, Navid Matrian Pour
Special Mentioned: MohammadReza Moein Pour, Sina Yaghoub Pour, Sajed Hagh Shenas, Natalia Chomakova (Ukraine) and Abdol Malek Babul (Bangladesh)
Special Family and Environment Reward: Shayad Javan Khoshdel

The ceremony concluded with live musical performance by Bidad traditional band and the exhibition in Iran and Spain came to and end.