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National Winning Photo 1st – Lazy Polluters?

submitted by St St Margaret College Verdala BSS Vella Ryan for
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This sign has been lying on the sea bed in St. George’s Bay, Birzebbugia, for the past two weeks. No one did actually care to retrieve it. According to the Local Council, since the object is in contact with sea water, it is the Malta Maritime Authority which is responsible. So calling the Maritime Authority, I was told that since it is a traffic sign, I had to contact the Roads Department instead. Having done so, I was forwarded to a gentleman, who patiently, explained that since it is a temporary road sign, he will contact the private contractor entrusted with the works near St George's Bay in order to recover the sign. The sign remains an eyesore, and apart from that everyone should be conscious nowadays of the effects of chemical, physical and biological variations in the sea water environment by the corrosion rates of metals.



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National Winning Photo 2nd – The Murder of Wied il-Għasel?

submitted by Rachel Powell St Theresa College Girls' Junior Lyceum Imriehel for
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In Mosta lies what was once the most quaint and prosperous of all the Maltese Valleys: Wied il-Għasel. This valley, as the name implies, was famous for bee-keeping. Species which once charmed this valley like the Sicilian Spider Orchid, can no longer be seen. Although the Mosta Local Council claims that they organize various campaigns to clean the valley, a survey in Mosta revealed that astonishingly 65% of the residents did not know anything about Wied il-Għasel of which 25% did not know it even exists. What was even more impressive was the amount of rubbish found in the valley, with more than 100 different items recorded and even off roading is practised!(Matsec Environmental Project Analysis 2011) Action must be taken to safeguard the valley; rubbish should be cleaned, off roading should not be allowed and more information should be given about Wied il-Ghasel. Let’s help the environment!



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National Winning Photo 3rd – Beauty and the Beast

submitted by Miriana Ferrito St Francis Secondary School Sliema for
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This picture shows the beast – an abandoned cement mixer, alongside the pure beauty of Mother Nature. Notice how the green meadow with the lovely red flowers is ruined with the rusty deteriorated metal mixer simply as a result of the selfishness of a few people. This is so irresponsible! There is a hazard to people with young kids who come here for a breath of fresh air and to enjoy the tranquillity and beauty of Mother Nature. Let us all act responsibly, take action by informing our local councils of such eyesores and inform people of the bulky refuse collection that is done free of charge by our local councils. Besides, there are the civic amenity sites that will also offer help as required, so that we dispose of all our recyclable rubbish no matter its size!



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National Winning Photo 4th – A Breathtaking View?

submitted by St Michael Foundation School Yvette Farrugia & Rebecca Sciberras for
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See this breathtaking view of the beach of Għajn Tuffieħa to the left? See how the view is ruined by the eyesore of the abandoned building built next to it? There are many of these buildings scattered around Malta. Sometimes massive plots of land which were bought and built are abandoned due to various reasons. Whatever the cause, the result is the same: empty buildings which remain there for countless years. These half-finished buildings are many times vandalised and are very unappealing to the eye.



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National Winning Photo 5th – Natural Beauty or Human Disaster?

submitted by Rachel Powell St Theresa College Girls' Junior Lyceum Imriehel for
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The idea of conserving the environment is widely acknowledged but are we really taking action to preserve geographical features like the Azure Window in Dwejra (Gozo)? Lately media has focused on the disruption of the ecological features in Dwejra due to the machinery used in a film set. However, damage has always been done to the karstic and fossil features by tramping of tourists, driving of vehicles and even fossil theft. Quarry heaps and soils from fields have deposited silt on the sediment. All this has reduced the extent of the habitat for various communities (MEPA report, 2011).  In order to restore the beauty of the landscape fossil theft should be minimized, wooden paths elevated from the ground could be built in order for tourists to walk on while no vehicles should be allowed to drive on the restricted area.



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