• By Radoje Laušević

Hidden Beauty of the Sea


International Conference AdriBioPro2019 exhibition of underwater photography reveals wonderful sea life.

Today, the exhibition of underwater photography “Hidden Beauty of the Sea” is opened in the gallery of the Cultural Center “Nikola Đurković” in Kotor, Montenegro, revealing wonderful Adriatic sea life and presenting its biodiversity. The exhibition is organized as side event of the International Conference “Adriatic Biodiversity Conservation – AdriBioPro2019”. Two authors, Ms. Ivana Orlović Kranjc and Mr. Janez Kranjc, presented forty photographs in large format, bringing to Kotor underwater landscapes, wildlife and plants from the Adriatic Sea.

Of the exhibition concept, Ms. Marija Bernard, the Cultural Center “Nikola Đurković” Director said, “This exhibition is unique opportunity for all citizens and guests of the city of Kotor to learn about and enjoy hidden beauty of the seas. As the exhibition will be opened only for seven days, I am encouraging all to hurry up and visit us.”

From the left: Vesna Mačić, Janne Knutrud, Ivana Orlović Kranjc, Janez Kranjc (Photo: Radoje Laušević)

Vesna Mačić, PhD, expert of the Institute of the Marine Biology, said “Diving is not only sport and recreational activity, it is also important skill for all marine biologists. Underwater photography is not only artistic activity, it is also an important scientific method of non-invasive studies of sea life”.

Ms. Janne Knutrud, Deputy Head of Mission from the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Belgrade, said: "This exhibition is marking the start of the regional conference on Adriatic Biodiversity Conservation 2019, supported by the Norwegian embassy. The main component of this project is construction of the marine Aquarium at the premises of the Institute. Opening of the Aquarium for the public is planned for 2020. In the meantime, we can enjoy in photographs of the sea creatures, and if you are divers, you can meet them underwater, like the authors of this beautiful exhibition today."

Displayed photographs reminded me on my first diving in August 2017. Actually, Ivana and Janez intrigued me with scuba diving. I am sure that after visiting this exhibition, all will wish to dive with them and make first underwater photographs. You can be sure they are the best underwater photographers and diving instructors.

About the Institute of Marine Biology

The Institute of Marine Biology Photo: University of Montenegro

The Institute of Marine Biology of the University of Montenegro is granted by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to implement a project “Marine Biodiversity Conservation Center “Boka Aquarium” (MonteAqua)”. The AdriBioPro2019 conference is final project event, dedicated to gather all relevant national and regional stakeholders and to secure closer regional cooperation in the Adriatic Sea region. The exhibition is organized as main conference side event in partnership with the Cultural Center “Nikola Đurković”.

About authors

Ms. Ivana Orlović Kranjc is diver for more than 35 years. With her husband Janez, she is managing the largest diving club in Serbia - S.D.T. Svet Ronjenja. In the last ten years she has dedicated her diving career to underwater photography. Ivana uses the Nikon D7000 and D810 in Subal's case. Company Mares promoted Ivana for their global ambassador.

Mr. Janez Kranjc is a diving instructor, an underwater photographer and a video cameraman. He dives since 1997. In last fifteen years he has been recording intricately underwater photos published in many magazines. He is associate of National Geographic Serbia. Janez uses the Nikon D810, D7000 in Subal's case. He is also the global ambassador of diving equipment Mares, CMAS M2 instructor, underwater photography instructor and nitrox instructor


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