athens photo festival 2019 - world environment day: platypus trail photo exhibition

Environmental photography exhibition in the context of the Athens Photo Festival 2019

Platypus trail: Melbourne - Perth
Green Project Australia: Renewables, UNESCO Biospheres and Aborigines

Opening: Wednesday 5 June 2019, hours 20:00.
Michael Cacoyannis Foundation, 206, Peiraios Str., Tavros, Athens, Greece Duration of the exhibition: 5/6 – 8/9/2019

Curator: Yannis Tzortzis, RPS
Participants: Yannis Anastasopoulos, Katerina Charterou, Kassiani Kaltezioti, Valeria Kaltezioti, Vassiliki Kassoumi, Aggelos Katsaggelos, Dimitris Paterakis, Jason Tavlas, Yannis Tzortzis, Kostis Vardas and Sandy Vergitsi.

“We do not own the world, we are a part of it”
(Aboriginal proverb) A photographic account of a life changing experience.

In order to celebrate the World Environment Day on the 5th June 2019, the Green Project organisation presents in the context of the Athens Photo Festival 2019, the original photographs produced during an extraordinary environmental journey in Australia: “Platypus trail: Melbourne - Perth: Renewables, UNESCO Biospheres and Aborigines”. The photographs record the importance of the co-existence of the Renewable energy technology innovation and the traditional environmental knowledge of Australian Aborigines, within the UNESCO Biosphere Reserves. The in- depth knowledge of Australian best environmental practices could become a valuable source of inspiration in developing Renewables in Greece, as well as in preventing disasters like the wildfires which devastated Attica, last year.

From the 5th up to the 31st August 2018, 26 never-ending days and nights packed with spectacular images out of this world. 5 states, i.e. Tasmania Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia and Western Australia. 2 territories, i.e. Australian Capital Territory and Northern Territory. 11 volunteers, scientists and artists, covered 13.110 kilometers, driving eco-friendly motor homes with solar panels, on snow and ice, through rivers and mud, near marine ecosystems, across the desert and droughty lands, tropical rainforests and bushlands, along glaciation and alpine areas, etc.

41 awesome “green points of interest”, i.e. 3 Hydros: Tarraleah Tasmania, Guthega Snowy Hydro -the Snowy Mountains Scheme is the largest in Australia with total installed capacity of 3.772 gigawatts (5,058,000 hp)-, Ord Dam Kununurra, 5 Cultural & Natural Sites of UNESCO: Tasmanian Wilderness -the most ancient rainforests in the world of approximately 180 million years old-, Uluru-Kata Tjuta, Kakadu, Ningaloo Coast, Shark Bay, 5 Wind Farms: Woolnorth Tasmania –the first wind park in Australia-, Wonthaggi Victoria, Hornsdale, Coober Pedy, Coral Bay, 6 Biosphere Reserves: Mornington Peninsula & Western Port, Wilson Promontory Marine Park & Marine Reserve, Croajingolong, Kosciuszko, Hattah-Kulkyne, Uluru-Kata Tjuta, 2 Conservation Centres: Koala and Penguin Phillip Island, 1 Black Liquor Plant from paper: Maryvale Victoria, 4 Solar Photovoltaic Panel Farms, Mugga, Royalla, Bungala –the largest solar farm in Australia of 220MWs-, Coober Pedy, 1 Solar Concentrator Power Station, Mildura, 1 Aboriginal Cuisine Restaurant: Orana, Adelaide, 1 Environmentally sound Winery: Sevenhill Cellars -the first winery established in South Australia's Clare Valley, in 1851- 1 Power Reservethe biggest lithium battery in the world of 129 MWh-: Hornsdale, 1 Solar Thermal Community Project: Aurora Port Augusta, 1 Conservation Reserve: Karlu Karlu Devil’s Marbles, 1 Landfill Gas Power Plant: Shoal Bay Darwin, 8 National Parks: Wilson Promontory Marine Park & Marine reserve, Croajingolong, Kosciuszko, Hattah-Kulkyne, Uluru-Kata Tjuta, Kakadu, Ningaloo Coast, Kalbarri.

42 unique interviews, where “everybody seems to acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of this land and celebrate the First Australians’ ongoing culture and contribution to society”. Among others, we met Mr Dimitrios Michalopoulos Consul General of Greece in Melbourne, Mr Bill Papastergiadis, President of the Greek Community of Melbourne, Mr Arthur Baoustanos, Board Member, Hellenic Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Victoria) Inc., Mr Jason Jacobi, General Manager-Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service, The Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (DPIPWE), Mr Nick Theodoropoulos, President, Tasmania Greek Community, Mr Tom Allen Campaigner and Mr Vica Bayley, Tasmanian Campaign Manager, the Wilderness Society, Mr Clyde Mansell and Mr Graeme Gardner, Tasmania Aboriginal Land Council, Mr Ben Lord, Aboriginal Tour Guide, Ms Caroline Nordang, Assistant Director and Ms Megan Smith, Acting Director, Protected Areas Policy, Department of the Environment and Energy, Government of the Commonwealth of Australia, Professor Peter Bridgewater, Member of the International Coordinating Committee for the MAB program -Adjunct Professor, Institute for Applied Ecology and Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis, University of Canberra, Mr Ioannis Ferentinos, Counsellor, Political Affairs, Head of the Consular Office and Ms Ekaterini Xagorari, Ambassador of Greece, Embassy of Greece in Canberra, Mr Neil Johnson, Port of Echuca, Mr Andreas-Konstantinos Gouras, Consul General of Greece in Adelaide, Dean of the Consular Corps of South Australia, Ms Maria Galatsanos, Manager Minerals Investment, Dept of State Development, Government of South Australia, Mr John (Yannis) Lochowiak, Manager of Aboriginal Services, Consultant Chairperson NATSSIC, Adelaide, Ms Greta Wohlstadt, Manager, Restaurant Orana, Adelaide, Mr Justin Fry, Manager, Bungala Solar Farm, Enel Green Power, Port Augusta, Mr George and Mr Yannis Aslamatzis, opal miners, Coober Pedy, Ms Tegan Sharwood Visitor and Tourism Services Team Leader and Mr Steven Baldwin, Manager – Park Operations and Visitor Services, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Parks Australia, Mr Michael Hatzimihail, Service station owner, Alice Springs, Mr John Christopher Anictomatis, Honorary Consul General, Darwin, Professor Lawrence Cram Acting Vice-Chancellor of Charles Darwin University, Darwin Centre for Bushfire, Lord Mayor Kon Vatskalis the first Greek Mayor of Darwin, Mr Nick Teoh Director, Shoal Bay Waste Management, Professor Yannis Michaloudis, Visual Arts, Charles Darwin University, Mr Justin O'Brien, CEO Gundjeihmi Aboriginal Corporation which represents Mirarr people, Traditional Aboriginal Owners of Ranger uranium mine, Jabiru, Jabiluka, Kakadu National Park, Mr Greg Patterson Guide, Yellow Water Tours, Ms Felicity Wright, Mentor Manager, Provenance Arts Gallery, Darwin, Mr Donny Woolagoodja, world famous Aboriginal artist, Derby, Mr Mark and Ms Mary Norval, Norval Gallery owners, Derby, Western Australia, Mr Antonios Koliadis, Consul of Greece in Perth, Mr Colin Ingram, Executive Director Parks and Visitor Services, Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, Government of Western Australia, Mr Nick Melidonis, Master of Photography from the AIPP, M. Photog. V-five gold bars, Mr Elpidios Karalis, Parish Priest of Saints Constantine and Helene Church, Perth, and Dr John Yiannakis Research Fellow and Historian, Curtin University, Perth.

The Green Project 11 dedicated volunteer travellers have been -by the duration of their participation-: Dr Yannis Tzortzis, Attorney at Law at the Supreme Court, Regulatory Authority for Energy, Greece, Member of the Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain and Film Director, Mr Jason Tavlas, Journalist, Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation (ERT), Ms Vassiliki Kassoumi, Medical Scientist, Mr Dimitris Paterakis, Civil Engineer, Photographer FUJI, Mr Kostis Vardas, Education Expert, Photographer, Ms Valeria Kaltezioti, Molecular Biologist, Ms Kassiani Kaltezioti, Interior Designer, Ms Sandy Vergitsi, Traditional Medicine Expert, Ms Katerina Charterou, Pharmaceutical Marketing, Professor Dr Aggelos Katsaggelos, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Northwestern University of Chicago, and Mr Yannis Anastasopoulos, Renewable Energy Sources Consultant and Organic Eating Entrepreneur.

We are extremely grateful to Ms Emma Papaemmanouel, Journalist, Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation (ERT) Correspondent in Australia, Mr Alekos Markellos, Journalist, Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation (ERT) Correspondent in Australia, Film Producer, and Mr Costas Demetriades, Journalist, SBS Correspondent in Perth, for the journey’s excellent, extended and in- depth coverage.

We are ever so thankful to the Hellenic Ministry for Foreign Affairs, the Hellenic Ministry of Environment and Energy, the Hellenic National Commission for UNESCO, the General Secretariat for Greeks Abroad (kind support), the City of Athens, the Michael Cacoyannis Foundation, Athens, the Australian Embassy in Greece, the Greek Community of Melbourne (the Greek Centre for Contemporary Culture), the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe, the Goulandris Natural History Museum, Athens, the Centre of Renewable Energy Sources, Athens, the Hellenic Wind Energy Association, the Hellenic Centre of Photography, Athens, and the Hellenic Alumni Association of the LSE, which have placed this project under their auspices, exactly because they strongly believe that it is a very important public diplomacy event, which promotes the development of effective capacity building measures for the understanding and implementation of the World Heritage Convention and related instruments.

The kind sponsors include NIKON Damkalidis SA, Athens, FUJIFILM Doha Qatar, RentPhotoVideo, Athens, and ARGO Fishop, Melbourne. Moreover, the television & radio Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation (ERT, ERT World, First Radio Programme and Voice of Greece) and SBS Australian Broadcasting Network, as well as the prestigious Neos Kosmos, Melbourne, Naftemporiki, Athens, Aephoria and Elculture newspapers & websites have been the main communication sponsors, which ensured that the project had the widest possible publicity and dissemination impact, both in Greece and Australia.

We believe in the power of photography to change our world!

Join us in our next environmental journeys:
“Green Project in Crete: Iris 2019”

“Green Project in Japan-Alaska 2020”

The Non Profit Civil Company Green Project was established in 2008 by a voluntary initiative of active citizens, scientists and artists, inspired by UNESCO’s “World Solar Programme 1996-2005”. The Green Project has a unique and extensive experience in the implementation of the “green photo journeys” under the auspices of the Hellenic National Commission for UNESCO. It seeks to raise social awareness through environmental photography and film that could stand out through its authenticity, being a photo-art vehicle of Greek cultural and energy diplomacy. The Green Project has already conducted four road trips, to explore and record important aspects of the human journey: a) in Asia (2008) from Athens to Beijing, from the silk roads to the energy routes, b) in Africa (2010) from Athens to Cape Town, through the waterways of energy, c) in Europe (2012) from Athens to North Cape, along the north – south energy interconnections, d) in South America (2014) from Bogota to the Land of Fire, from geodiversity to biodiversity, and e) in the Ionian Sea (2017) a green photo cruise to unexplored marine ecosystems. In recognition of the above, the Green Project has been presented as “Best Practice” by the Hellenic National Commission for UNESCO in the Annual Report of National Commissions of 2014. Additionally, the Green Project has been awarded the "First Award 2014" of the "International Photo Competition" of the "Energy Community", Vienna, Austria, the “First International Participation Award” of the “Festival de l’ Image Environnementale 2010” in Paris, France and the “Third Award for the Clean Development Mechanism” at the “United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change 2010” in Cancun, Mexico. Its documentary film “SUDAMERICA: The colors of life” has been widely acclaimed at the “4th Athens Documentary Film Festival 2018”, which has been co-organised by the “Greek Documentary Association" and the “Thessaloniki Documentary Festival”.

Information: Dr Yannis Tzortzis, President, Green Project
Attorney at Law at the Supreme Court, Regulatory Authority for Energy, Greece
Member, Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain
tel. +30 6974 796797, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.