Interreg NEXT MED launches “Find the MED in your city” Photo Contest to celebrate the 2023 Mediterranean Day!


“Find the Mediterranean in your city” is a photo contest organized by the Interreg NEXT MED Programme to celebrate the third edition of the Mediterranean Day – promoted by the Union for the Mediterranean - which takes place every year on the 28th of November.

Young photography enthusiasts between 18 and 30 years old from the 15 Mediterranean countries participating in the Interreg NEXT MED Programme (Algeria, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Greece, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Malta, Palestine, Portugal, Spain, Tunisia, Türkiye) are invited to participate in this celebration of Mediterranean culture, beauty and history.

Every city corner tells a story. Whether it's the naming of streets to honor Mediterranean figures, the vibrant mosaics, ancient ruins of empires, or the diverse food specialties, the Mediterranean's influence transcends boundaries. It's an exploration of cultural imprints that invite you to look closer, beyond the obvious and discover hidden stories.

  • Contest Highlights:

How to Participate: Submit up to three original photographs showcasing the connection between your selected city and the Mediterranean. Follow the guidelines provided in the attached Rules of Participation.

Submission Deadline: Submit your photographs, Participation Form, Release Form, and identity document using exclusively the specific Google Form by November 10, 2023.

Selection Procedure: A Selection Committee made of Interreg NEXT MED staff will preselect up to a maximum of 10 photographs for the Mediterranean Partner Countries (Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Tunisia and Türkiye) and up to a maximum of 10 photographs for the European Union Mediterranean Countries (Cyprus, France, Greece, Italy, Malta, Portugal, Spain). A public vote on the preselected photographs will determine the winner for each category.

Recognition: The two winner photographers will be invited to present their photo at an Interreg NEXT MED Event. Travel costs and accommodation will be covered by the Programme.

The winners as well as the final ranking will be announced on the relevant Programme website and social media on the 28th November 2023 corresponding with the Day of the Mediterranean.

  • Contest Documents:

Rules of Participation: Guidelines for entering the contest, including eligibility criteria and submission guidelines.

Participation Form (to be submitted with the photographs): Fill out this form with your details to participate in the contest.

Release Form (to be submitted with the photographs): Authorize the use of your photographs for non-profit purposes related to the contest.

  • Contact:

For any inquiries regarding the contest, please contact Ms. Raquel Martínez Sainz at


Embrace the Mediterranean spirit and seize this opportunity to share the beauty of your city through photography. Celebrate the Mediterranean Day by showcasing the essence of the Mediterranean in your local surroundings! Unleash your creativity in this exciting contest.

Watch the video “2023 Mediterranean Day campaign”