The category "Best Ecology Film'' we have had for 5 years now. We are not hiding our admiration for the rich work done by the Macedonian Ecological Society and we are not hiding our happiness that they continue to be our partner in many different program activities at the festival - including the competition segment. Again, members of the Macedonian Ecological Society will choose the winner - the Best Ecology Film at Echo 2023.
Danka Uzunova, Lived half of her life in Gevgelija. Interest in nature and all its living creatures developed in her early childhood years, and led her to pursue ecology and study of birds professionally. Working with the Macedonian Ecological Society for over 10 years, she has contributed to the development of ornithology (the scientific branch studying birds) in Macedonia. Her most noted contribution is towards the improved knowledge of wintering waterbirds, and to the development of the 2nd European Breeding Bird Atlas. She currently acts as a representative for the International Waterbird Census coordinators for Western Palearctic.
Aleksandar Pavlov, Project Assistant in the Macedonian Ecological Society Aleksandar was born in 1986 in Skopje. By training he is a linguist and biologist. He has a long- term experience as a translator and interpreter in English and Macedonian. As of 2018 he works in the Macedonian Ecological Society on the Balkan Lynx Recovery Programme. In his line of work, he fights for this rare subspecies through education in primary schools and making efforts for the declaration of protected areas in the country. He is frequently in nature, conducting field research of large carnivores and small mammals, and he also takes part in other activities of the Society.
Arta Starova, Project Assistant in the Macedonian Ecological Society Arta works at the Macedonian Ecological Society as a project assistant since 2020. Her work involves combating wildlife poisoning with a focus on vulture conservation and protection in the country. She also works in supporting local initiatives in for more sustainable future development in the Shara/Korab-Koritnik region. Starova graduated in the Netherlands with a multi- disciplinary Bachelors focusing on environmental science, sociology and human geography.
Rebeka Veljanovska, Project Assistant in the Macedonian Ecological Society Rebeka has been working in the Macedonian Ecological Society since 2020 in the sector for nature and environment protection policies. Her current focus is Green Infrastructure, or the planning and connection between protected areas. She has a master’s degree in philosophy of literature from the University of Leiden, and a bachelor of arts from University College Roosevelt.