ATLANTIDE AWARD 2022
"According to many experts, the Atlantide Award, conceived and launched by Vittorio Bianchini in 2016, is currently the most authoritative award in Italy for those who have dedicated and dedicate their existence to the discovery, research and protection of the marine environment and of the biodiversity that populate and animate it. "
We want to share with those who could not be with us on Saturday, the images of a truly exciting day at the Anton Dohrn Zoological Station in the company of the "extraordinary lives" of the 5 winners of this 6th edition of the Atlantis Award: the tales of navigations in the most distant seas by Nanni Acquarone; the hard and exciting work of Chiara Giamundo in the GOS Corps of the Italian Navy; Donatella Bianchi's passion for disseminating the culture and defense of the sea and Paolo Marcolin's daily commitment to protect the health of divers, up to Monica Montefalcone's precious studies for the protection of the blue planet. And, above all, the special Atlantide 2022 Award to an exceptional Neapolitan, Claudio Ripa, born in 1933, world champion and undisputed protagonist in the history of spearfishing, told with an exciting contribution by another historic Neapolitan champion and awarded last year. edition, Massimo Scarpati. Thanks to all those who made this Neapolitan edition possible: the Scientific Committee which once again chose exceptional witnesses; Vittorio Bianchini, who has been carrying out the Atlantide Prize for six years with unchanged passion; Roberto Cesare Menzaghi President of the Atlantide Award Foundation; Claudia Carrescia, author of the contents and member of the Scientific Committee, who was able to weave the stories of the winners and welcome the large audience thanks to an intense and engaging story; Paolo Jorio, Director of the Filangieri Museo Napoli who sponsored the initiative and opened its prestigious spaces to our guests. Finally, Lorena Antoniazzi for having supported the Atlantide Award again this year.
The Award was created by Vittorio Bianchini in 2016 in Umbria with the aim of giving a well-deserved recognition to those who protect and safeguard the planet sea. The name Atlantis intends to evoke the ancient mythology of the island of Atlantis which, about 9,600 years before Christ, dominated a vast area of the Mediterranean basin. It is said that Atlantis would have sunk in "a single day of unexpected misfortune" by Poseidon, the undisputed God of the seas. As Donovan, a popular English singer, in his song "Atlantis" imagines the regents of Atlantis presented in the world as twelve ambassadors of divine nature: "the poetare, the scientist, the magus and various other gods", so does the creator of the Prize - Vittorio Bianchini who impagines these figures nowadays as the “Alfieri” who, animated by passion and wisdom, protect the marine environment. In its five-year history, the Atlantis Award has been awarded to various sea operators, precisely the "Alfieri", who are active in various fields: from scientific research, to the dissemination of information, to underwater competition, to exploration and recovery of harmful substances. All animated in promoting the culture of the sea, equal to 80% of resources, history, tradition and bio-diversity of the planet earth, and respect surrounding behaviors of the marine ecosystem and the universe. In the imaginary podium the "Alfieri" are selected annually by Vittorio Bianchini and a committee of experts belonging to various marine selected non profits who are undisputed and convinced supporters of the health and balance of the biological environment and the surrounding terrestrial universe.