The European Green Belt, our shared natural heritage along the line of the former Iron Curtain, is to be conserved and restored as an ecological network connecting high-value natural and cultural landscapes while respecting the economic, social and cultural needs of local communities.



1st place - Maria Stefanidou, Lake Vegoritida Greece
2nd place - Minko Mihaylov, Lake Kerkini Greece
3rd place - Gavrilo Knežević, Prokletije Montenegro
4th place - Leonidas Kourentis, Lake Prespa Greece
5th place - Dalibor Petrić, Prokletije Montenegro

Photographic jewels along the Balkan Green Belt

They have scrambled up mountains, crawled along muddy river banks and waited patiently for the ideal moment: over 200 nature lovers have taken part in the Balkan Green Belt Photo Competition 2016.

From among the top national photographers the five international winners have been chosen by the board of the European Green Belt Association.


Nine organisations had appealed to locals and visiting photographers in the states bordering the Balkan Green Belt to capture the beauty of the region along the former Iron Curtain in impressive pictures.

The photo competitions are part of a project for the protection of this valuable European natural and cultural heritage. The project is implemented by EuroNatur and IUCN with financial support by Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt (German Federal Environmental Foundation).

Have a look at the national winning pictures from…





FYR Macedonia