Winners revealed for the “Find the Mediterranean in Your City” Photo Contest


We are thrilled to announce the winners of the "Find the Mediterranean in Your City" Photography Contest 2023, organized by Interreg NEXT MED in celebration of the annual Mediterranean Day, promoted by the Union for the Mediterranean.

Winner Categories:

After an overwhelming response from public voting and careful consideration by our esteemed Selection Committee, we are delighted to unveil the outstanding photographers who have skillfully captured the essence of the Mediterranean in their respective cities. The winners are:

Mediterranean Partner Countries Category:

  • Author: Hamsa Hefny, Egypt
  • Title of the photo: Traversing Time
  • Descrption: The Belgian Tram 601, manufactured in 1931 in front of building "No. 1", known as Little Venice or Miramar (left), designed by the Italian-Egyptian architect " Giacomo Alessandro Loria" in 1926 and building "No. 2" known as Heikal’s Building (right), designed by the architect "Ricardo Smith" in 1929. Two of the oldest buildings in the Ramel area in Alexandria. Alexandria was once a bustling cosmopolitan center known for its grandeur and cultural significance. Tramways were an integral part of the city's transportation system, connecting its neighborhoods and providing a unique means of exploring its streets. These tramways often passed by or through areas adorned with old buildings, showcasing the architectural beauty and historical charm of Alexandria. Together, these elements create a captivating blend of transportation history, architectural splendor, and the vibrant Mediterranean atmosphere that characterizes the city of Alexandria. The photo was taken to document the city's rich history and architectural heritage represented in the three historical items in one shot.




European Union Mediterranean Countries Category:

  • Author: Sofia Aikaterini Karantoni, Greece
  • Title of the photo: The reedpicker
  • Description: At some point, we’ve all seen people from nomadic tribes during harvest season. This picture, depicts a very good friend of mine collecting some reeds in a local beach in our hometown named “Kalamia”, which in translation from Greek means the area where reeds thrive. This specific spot was not selected by accident for the photo shoot. For both me and my friend, it has a special meaning, as it became our hangout during quarantine, which of course we haven’t stopped visiting since. Every time we sat by the sea and gazed at the sunset and the horizon, it felt as if there where no restrictions and nothing to be afraid of, cause light conversations and the greatness of nature do not permit such feelings and thoughts.


We extend our congratulations to the two winning photographers who will be invited to present their captivating photos at an upcoming Interreg NEXT MED Event. As a token of our appreciation, Interreg NEXT MED will cover all travel costs and accommodation for the winners.

We are immensely grateful for the incredible talent displayed by participants in our photography contest, turning it into a celebration of diverse Mediterranean culture in unexpected places. A sincere thank you to all who participated, voted, and supported, making this event a tremendous success. Your shared passion for photography and appreciation for the Mediterranean's beauty have truly made a lasting impact.