Record year for Women in Seafood video comp

‘Truchas arapa, or The Aquaculture women of Lake Arapa’ – winner of third prize at this year’s Women in Seafood video competition Photo: WSI ‘Truchas arapa, or The Aquaculture women of Lake Arapa’ – winner of third prize at this year’s Women in Seafood video competition Photo: WSI

The ‘Women in Seafood’ (WSI) video competition 2019 has enjoyed a record year with 32 entries from 14 countries, an 88% increase compared to last year.

This third edition has received the support of the French Development Agency and the International Association for Fish Inspectors. MATIS from Iceland supplied the technical logistics.

The jury of international experts struggled to select the winners from the high-quality field, saying that ‘all of them tell a story worth sharing’. Marie Christine Monfort, WSI president said, “This year the videos of very high standards pay a wonderful tribute to women working in the seafood sector. Their commitment, their resilience and their love of their work are portrayed very convincingly. All actors in the videos, directors and real characters, should be warmly congratulated.”

First prize was awarded to ‘Women of the Arousa Sea’ (Galicia). “The best! Touching, strong, positive, with context and showing diverse angles of women at sea,” commented one jury member. Second prize went to ‘Oyster farming in Wadatar’ (India) which judges called a ‘very interesting and positive initiative, where women overcome prior opposition and go in the water.”

Third prize was given to ‘Truchas arapa, or The Aquaculture women of Lake Arapa’ (Peru). “A promising aquaculture initiative where Reyna Callata Chaco, a very inspirational role model, provides good leadership to other women,” said the judges.

Two entries were lauded under the WSI prize of ‘Excellence’ – ‘Leadership des femmes transformatrices au Sénégal’ (Senegal) and ‘Women with Tradition’ (Peru) whilst a special mention was given to ‘Mujeres del mar’ (Mexico) and ‘Mujeres a bordo’ (Spain, Galicia).

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