The beauties of Croatia’s coastline and her islands, islets and crags have often been the main reason why people have fallen in love with this country. In recent years, this has taken on another dimension – exploring its depths.
Those who have not yet ventured into Croatia’s undersea world have been fascinated by the treasures brought to the surface by divers who have documented their exploits through photographs, films and interesting tales relating to the infinite blue depths.
Project Croatia’s Undersea World was born out of man’s fascination for the sea, out of the idea of popularising and protecting the marine life and treasures that are found in Croatian waters, and, above all, out of the existing love for its unique undersea world.
Project Croatia’s Undersea World has evolved and matured with every new photograph, piece of footage and the material that has been gathered. Consequently, it includes the following:
Croatia’s Undersea World – A Monograph
The monograph ‘Croatia’s Undersea World’ is the product of years of demanding and exhaustive dives, exploration and filmed footage, as well as a series of exhibitions, both in Croatia and abroad, that have produced a book with comprehensive texts and attractive photographs. Its success is confirmation that the project has attained its initial aim, making it a recognisable name.
Images captured in Croatia’s undersea world now adorn a series of telephone cards, which have received international prizes and acclaim:
- The Croatia’s Undersea World series is the largest in the world
- 1st prize for the most beautiful telephone card in the world, 2001, 2003 and 2004.
- The first edition of transparent telephone cards in the world.
In cooperation with Croatian Radio and Television (HRT), a serial of 50-minute documentaries – Croatia’s Undersea World 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5 have been produced; they have been ranked as the most viewed documentary series on Croatian Television. The documentary series has also been bought by many international broadcasting corporations, making it the best sold Croatian documentary series to be broadcast around the world.
Following their airing, the Croatia’s Undersea World series was released on four double DVD editions; Croatia’s Undersea World 4 - BlueRay Disc is the first Croatian DVD in HD technology.
The Croatia’s Undersea World DVD series reveals the jewels to be found in Croatia’s depths:
Croatia’s Undersea World 1
- Mljet 1 & 2.
Croatia’s Undersea World 2
- Dugi otok
- Vis 1 & 2
Croatia’s Undersea World 3
- Sveti Andrija
Croatia’s Undersea World 4 (DVD & BD)
In 2008, the six-part documentary series ‘Croatia’s Rivers and Estuaries’ was aired on Croatian Television. It presented the flows of the rivers Zrmanja, Krka, Cetina, Mirna, Raša and Neretva, from their sources to their mouths, as well as the life found in and around their waters.
In 2009, Croatian Radio and Television aired Croatia’s Undersea World 5 which focuses on ‘tales from the depths’:
- Adriatic Blossoms
- Small Seas
- Wading through Water
- Cities Under the Sea
- War on the Adriatic
- Secret Chambers
- Camera in the Sea
The Croatia’s Undersea World documentary series has left traces at the following events:
- 2004 - the International Tourist Film Festival ‘Winds of Travels’, Yalta,; award for ‘Croatia’s Undersea World – Mljet’ and ‘Franciscan Monastery – Dubrovnik’
- 2004 - the series represented HRT at the Cannes and Washington documentary film festivals
- Split 2005, it received the F-E.S.T. award for Contributions to Tourism in 2005.
- November 2005 – special award for Project Croatia’s Undersea World, acclaim for the documentary on Rab, 8th International Tourist Film Festival in Split
- February 2005 and 2006 – Croatia’s Undersea World documentaries represented Croatia at the World Underwater Film Festival in Moscow
- February 2006 – the Večernjakov Ekran award for best documentary film
- November 2006 – special mention at 9th International Tourist Film Festival in Split; acclaim for documentary ‘Novela od Stanca’
- 2006 – award for best tourist/national heritage film and footage for ‘Endemic Species’ at the Dugo Selo International Film and Video Festival.
- 2009 – award for best tourist/national heritage film and footage for ‘Cetina’ at the Dugo Selo International Film and Video Festival.