Celebrating Isle of Man’s beauty and diversity

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Powerful and striking images have been submitted in the Biosphere Vannin photography competition.

An exhibition featuring the leading entries in the contest organised by the Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture, opened at the Sayle Gallery, in Douglas, last week.

Biosphere Vannin photo competition entry by Mark Edwards

Biosphere Vannin photo competition entry by Mark Edwards

The pictures have been shortlisted by a panel of judges to support DEFA’s bid to include the Isle of Man as a United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) Biosphere Reserve.

Biosphere reserves are designated by UNESCO as areas that balance the needs of people, business and nature. Their main purpose is to encourage conservation, sustainable development and active involvement in the environment.

The winning photographs from the DEFA competition will become a focal point of the Biosphere Vannin campaign and appear in publicity material to support the Isle of Man’s nomination.

In total, the competition attracted 243 digital images submitted by professional and amateur photographers.

They were submitted across six categories – Coast, Culture, Farmland, Glens, Towns/Villages, and Uplands.

l The exhibition runs until February 2.

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