On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of international recognition of the Republic of Croatia and establishment of its diplomatic relations, the diplomatic community in Croatia opened an exhibition at the Mimara Museum on the 15th of March.
''Croatia through the eyes of foreign ambassadors'' is a photo exhibition, a gift of the diplomatic community to Croatia, which presents the ambassadors’ experiences of the country in which they are now on duty.
At the invitation of their counterparts Tanya Dimitrova, the Bulgarian ambassador to Croatia, and Philippe Benoit, the Belgian ambassador, the ambassadors to Croatia recorded scenes they want to remember Croatia by, such as the country's natural beauty, cities and tradition, from Vukovar to Dubrovnik. Among 150 submitted photographs, a seven-member jury chose 45 of them that are being presented at the exhibition.
''Croatia cannot leave you indifferent. Wherever I went, I could not stop taking photos. There were moments when my breath was literally taken away. Wherever our profession and our life path take us, we will take these wonderful memories with us and we will be lifelong ambassadors of goodwill for Croatia. It is a mission I will never give up on'', explained Tanya Dimitrova.
The Belgian ambassador Philippe Benoit has seen this exhibition as a tribute to the difficult times through which Croatia went before it was internationally recognized. ''However, we wanted to make this exhibition a happy event that celebrates the beauty and diversity of your country, including all its regions in the exhibition'', emphasized Benoit.
It is interesting to note that the first prize was won by the Polish ambassador to Croatia Maciej Grzegorz Szymanski for his photo of Rovinj's rooftops, the second prize won Philippe Benoit for his photo of Nin's Lagoon, whilst the third prize went to the Spanish ambassador to Croatia Eduardo Aznar for his photo of the Old Port in Dubrovnik.
The exhibition will be opened until the 23rd of March.