WHO WE ARE

We are a human team committed to the art and conservation of our planet, specialized in video and photography, sound and editing, communication and distribution.

We believe in the power of stories, we try to show life in all its intensity, we think that beauty and emotions are the force that move the world.

 

Francisco Márquez

FRANCISCO MÁRQUEZ
Photographer & Filmmaker / CEO

 

Francisco Márquez is a Spanish photographer and filmmaker specializing in stories about nature and man, with important international awards (such as the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition, London) and publications in prestigious magazines such as GEO, Terre Sauvage, BBC Wildlife, Airone, El País, Oasis, Paris Match, National Geographic, etc. Francisco is an artist deeply committed to the conservation of our planet, collaborating for decades with important international organizations and being a member of iLCP (International League of Photographers for Conservation). His interest in promoting photography and cinema as effective tools for art, communication and conservation made him one of the founding members of the Spanish Association of Nature Photographers and its first President. He is also one of the founders of The Living Med and its current CEO.

 

Rafael Herrero

RAFAEL HERRERO
Underwater filmmaker

 

Rafael Herrero is a professional diver, director and underwater camera specialized in documentaries of marine nature and very involved in its conservation. It collaborates regularly with the main televisions of the world like Canal Plus France, National Geographic Wild, Channel Xplora Canada, ORF, BBC, etc. He has carried out numerous projects with the University of Las Palmas, the Government of the Canary Islands and the Canarian Foundation Mapfre for the dissemination of the Canarian marine environment, such as the series ‘Canarias y el mar’ and the documentary ‘Cheetahs of the Deep’. Of note is his participation in the film ‘Evolution’ by Lucile Hadzihalilovic, which was awarded in the 2015 edition of the San Sebastian Film Festival. He has just finished the documentary ‘Liquid Mirror’ and is working with the BBC in the series Blue Planet II.

 

 

José Bautista

JOSÉ BAUTISTA
Musical composer / Film & sound editor

 

José Bautista is Multimedia Editor, Composer, Sound Designer and Video Artist. He specializes in the creation of audiovisual projects, sound and musical design for all kinds of genres (reporting, documentary, conceptual, artistic). He has worked with artists around the world and major photography agencies such as Magnum and Noor. He has published works in The Guardian, Time Magazine, Le Monde, Internazionale, Déclaration de Berne, Rolling Stone, El Mundo, El País … His personal work in video art and sound installation has also been exhibited in galleries in Spain, Japan, Moscow, France and England. Among the awards for his productions he has won 4 World Press Photo Multimedia Awards, 1 Bayeux Calvados Multimedia Prize, 1 VISA Pour L’Image Multimedia Award and 1 LENS Culture Multimedia Awards.

 

Isabel Juárez

ISABEL JUÁREZ
Biologist & Producer

 

Isabel Juárez is a Spanish biologist and writer on nature and travel, collaborator of important Spanish media such as Integral and Natura. Her stories have been published in two books of ‘Women traveling’, a literary contest in which she has been a finalist on both occasions. In addition, he regularly researches and produces audio-visual projects for The Living Med. He has traveled extensively throughout Africa and Asia to search for little-known human stories (Ethiopian hyena men, Gobi nomads) and wildlife species threatened with extinction like Bearded vulture and Snow leopard. Profoundly influenced by such breakthroughs as Jane Goodall and Sylvia Earle, her main creative interests are the nature and social and educational exclusion suffered by many marginalized women in different communities around the world.

WHAT WE DO

Qué hacemos

THE LIVING MED is an exciting visual journey that seeks to show the world as it is, to go to the soul of things.

PHOTOGRAPHIC MISSIONS will be made to all corners of the Mediterranean in order to gather the multimedia contents (pictures, videos and sounds) that will be presented in various formats: high quality and artistic photography exhibits, video documentaries, books, audiovisual installations, etc. All these materials will showcase the beauty of natural landscapes and biodiversity of the ecoregion, the current threats, the conservation efforts that are being carried out, and the cultural wealth and human traditions that still survive in this part of the world.

In the realm of CONSERVATION, The Living Med aims to contribute directly to the protection of Mediterranean ecoregion. Images are a powerful communication tool that can stir consciences and promote social participation. All the multimedia content will be available for institutions, organizations and individuals involved in conservation, establishing strategic alliances with researchers and conservationists from each region, and creating networks between professionals and local experts. Meanwhile, appropriate methods will be established for the local communities to be directly involved in conservation projects.

In the field of COMMUNICATIONS, THE LIVING MED constitutes a powerful outreach platform to spread information relating to the conservation of biodiversity in the Mediterranean, both to a specialized and a general audience. A communication plan will guide all the actions to develop throughout the project that will include, among others, social networking for followers and participants, and an interactive website and blog.

Disclose to make known, to know to love, to love to preserve finally… This thought of the famous African conservationist leader Baba Dioum once again shows how fundamental education is for everything. We, as documentalists and artists, want to contribute the images and sounds of the fascinating planet that we have so that we are aware every moment of the madness that assumes it.

Where we work

Our territory of action is the Mediterranean basin, a region that hosts an amazing diversity of plant and animal life. A unique place that also treasures a long history of coexistence between the oldest human civilizations and nature.

The Mediterranean basin is one of the 238 ecoregions of the planet, a term that refers to a relatively large geographical area distinguished by the uniqueness of its geomorphology, geology, climate, soils, hydrology, flora and fauna. It spans an area of two million square kilometers and hosts a total of 28 countries, from Portugal to Jordan and from northern Italy to the archipelago of Cape Verde.

The Mediterranean basin is one of the most biologically rich and complex regions of the Earth. For this reason it is listed as one of the 34 biodiversity hotspots of our planet, regions that host many endemic species –those found nowhere else– and are threatened by habitat loss and other human activities, which make their conservation a priority.

The natural wealth of the Mediterranean is staggering. The terrestrial biodiversity includes 22,500 plant species (half of them endemic), representing 10% of all higher plants in the planet and hundreds of species of mammals, reptiles, amphibians, freshwater fishes birds that live here, many of them also unique in the world. On the other hand, it hosts around 8,500 marine species that represent between 4% and 18% of the total of the planet. Such is its importance at world level.

In addition, in the Mediterranean Levant, the so-called ‘Fertile Crescent’ is now located in Turkey, where mankind first settled 9,000 years ago, where agriculture and livestock breeding began, where the first cities, the first permanent homes… A meeting point between Africa, Asia and Europe that led to human development, its influence on the entire planet.

 

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News

MONTPHOTO

  Francisco Márquez made a presentation about THE LIVINF MED project at the prestigious international photography festival MONTPHOTO on October 2nd, 3rd and 4th in Lloret de Mar (Girona, Spain), where he was also part as a jury member of the photo contest. Its organizers, Paco Membrives and Monica Busquets, have achieved in the 25 […]

ON ASSIGNMENT

Francisco Márquez and the Spanish biologist Isabel Juárez are in Greece photographing and filming the Dalmatian pelican at Prespa Lake to incorporate it on a video about conservation project of the Dalmatian Pelican in the Balkans. It is commissioned by the CEPF (Critical Ecosystem Partneship Fund) about this magnificent species, the world’s largest bird with […]

ON ASSIGNMENT

  Jaime Rojo is in Montenegro taking photographs and filming on Skadar Lake for a multimedia that we are doing about conservation project of the Dalmatian Pelican in the Balkans. It is a commissioned by the CEPF (Critical Ecosystem Partneship Fund) about this magnificent species, the world’s largest bird with a vulnerable population.  

ON ASSIGNMENT

Iñaki Relanzón is in Montenegro photographing Dalmatian pelican, researchers and local fishermen on Skadar Lake for a multimedia that we are doing about conservation project of that species in the Balkans. It is commissioned by the CEPF (Critical Ecosystem Partneship Fund) about this magnificent species, the world’s largest bird with a vulnerable population.

WILD10

Official presentation of THE LIVING MED in WILD10, a prestigious international event about conservation and photography which is held every four years and in 2013 has chosen the city of Salamanca (Spain) as a meeting point for thousands of artists, journalists, researchers, politicians, etc. in order to assess the situation on the planet and design […]

SYLVIA EARLE

Francisco Márquez, Iñaki Relanzón and Sylvia Earle, the renowned American marine biologist who attended WILD10 (Salamanca) and was interested in our project THE LIVING MED. Sylvia was a pioneer in oceanographic research and she takes part of National Geographic explorer. Nowadays, she leads the MISSION BLUE project for the protection of the marine areas worldwide.

SALAMANCA

THE LIVING MED has organized a photographic exhibition at Plaza Anaya of Salamanca (Spain), in the heart of the city where many people (especially university students) walk and meet every day. In addition, nature photographers worldwide can also contemplate to attend WILD10, an international event about conservation and photography which is held every four years. […]

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