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Exhibition “Colours of Salt in Europe” organized by the Cracow Saltworks Museum Wieliczka presents works of the International Photography Competition. This event is included in calendar of National Cultural Programme of Polish Presidency 2011.

The competition was addressed to discoverers of rare and unique places among which are salt centres. On account of the polish Presidency, the range of such places was limited to the area of the European Union.

The competition was attended by 37 persons who sent 165 photographs presenting salt in 24 places in 14 countries of Europe: Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Italy.

The jury awarded three prizes and four distinctions taking into consideration sets of photographs submitted by participants.
1 st prize - VALERY HRISTOV (Bulgaria)
2 nd prize - GUILHERME LIMAS (Portugal)
3 rd prize - ROBERT GARSTKA (Poland)


T. SCHOEPE i J. LUDYGA - Museum of the History of the City and Mining of Potassium Salt (Germany) 94 photographs are displayed at the exhibition “Colours of Salt in Europe”.
At the exhibition, salt is presented in various manners: there are general views of chambers in mines, sometimes huge (Kłodawa mine in Poland, Turda mine in Romania or Carrickfergus mine in Northern Ireland) fragments of walls with colourful, complex designs of perturbed rock layers.

Details of beautiful salt forms of secondary crystallization, such as stalagmites, stalactites, “pine-trees” and “cauliflowers” as well as regular crystals (Cracow Saltworks Museum Wieliczka in Poland, Bochnia salt mine in Poland, or Museum of the History of the City and Mining of Potassium Salt in Bad Salzdetfurth in Grmany ) are particularly attention-grabbing.

There are very subtle depictions showing drops dripping from salt icicles or branches of blackthorn in a graduation tower. Suspended on their ends, they shine like precious stones. Interesting forms and shapes are supplemented by the colours of salt specimens: ranging from white, through various shades of gray, to blue, pink, orange and even green.

Sometimes, they are intensified by light, which creates a whole range of tones and gives an impression of impenetrable depth. Salt evaporated in pans is completely different (Ciechocinek in Poland or Laeso in Denmark). Steam hangs above huge metal containers. Next to them, there are mounds of salt looking like down or fresh snow. Photographs of sea saltworks in Bulgaria (Burgas, Pomorje), Croation (Ston), on Cyprus (Larnaca Salt Lake), Francce (Gruissan), Portugal (Aveiro), Slovenia (Strunjan) and in Italy (Trapani and Paceco) present a completely different setting, infused with sun.

In the warm climate of southern Europe, in regular, rectangular pools, salt crystals are growing. When they are “ripe”, they are collected into white mounds forming even rows.On certain photographs, we can see people: miners, employees operating pans or salt “gardeners.” The photographs show that salt is unique inspiration and a very photogenic muse. You are welcome to see the exhibition and take a virtual tour along traces of salt in Europe.

VALERY HRISTOV zdobywca I nagrody za cykl fotografii  Saliny w Burgas i Pomorie,BułgariaGUILHERME  LIMAS zdobywca II nagrody za cykl prezentujący Salinę Caravela w Aveiro, Portugalia

ROBERT GARSTKA zdobywca III nagrody za cykl prezentujący sól z Bochni

  • Program regionalny
  • województwo maloposkie
  • Unia Europejska
The following Project is cofinanced by the European Union under the Małopolska Regional Operational Programme for the years 2007 – 2013