In a cocktail presentation the Seychelles Tourism Board and the Ministry of Tourism and Culture officially launched a new coffee table book featuring the annual SUBIOS; Festival of the Sea.’
The ceremony took place at La Plaine St Andre by the Seychelles Tourism Board Executive Elsia Grandcourt in the presence of the Minister of Tourism and Culture Mr Alain St.Ange, and several other guests.
The ‘Seychelles Festival of the Sea’ coffee table book takes readers on journey from the event’s earliest stages to where it is today, through a compendium of images. It also boasts images of Seychelles pristine underwater world.
Speaking at the Event, Mrs Grandcourt thanked all those who have played an important part in the creation of the book which also demonstrated the various events connected with SUBIOS.
“You have contributed enormously towards making SUBIOS all that it has become over the years and I would like to take this opportunity of emphasising the continuing importance of SUBIOS in our calendar of events,” said Mrs Grandcourt.
In many ways SUBIOS continues to evolve as an event to encompass more varied themes and to reflect wider aspects of our relationship with our surrounding ocean. Mrs Grandcourt stated “that the Seychelles Tourism Board will continue to need your help in ensuring that it remains a vital event with a vibrant suite of core activities.”
During the ceremony, Imran Ahmad, a professional Nikon photographer, gave a power point presentation based on his underwater photos. It was a fascinating expose which he has taken here in Seychelles.
This year SUBIOS’ edition; Seychelles Sustaining Life in a Sea of Change’ echoes Seychelles’ strong record of sustainability, and if it may be said that sustainability follows on from awareness of important issues then SUBIOS has indeed played, and continues to play an important part in that process.
Mrs Grandcourt also took this opportunity to launch the photographic competition and this year we will be having five different categories which will include; wide angle photography on environment including models, macro photography, portfolio and young ocean artists.
The latter category is open to children below the age of 12 years and we are highly encouraging participation of our local school children since the theme for this year is ‘saving our ocean.’
Performing some of her greatest hits was the queen of soca from Trinidad and Tobago Lima Calbio, who also presented a copy of a book from her country to Mr St.Ange.