10 October 2008
Return to Europe documentary series is awarded the "Erasmus EuroMedia Grand Award"
Award ceremony for the Grand Award for
Award ceremony for the Grand Award for "Return to Europe". From left to right: Univ. Prof. DDr. Gerhard Ortner, Knut Neumayer (Erste Stiftung), Kristof Bender (European Stability Initiative), Martin Traxl (ORF), Nikolaus Wisiak (Pre TV), Univ. Prof. Dr. Thomas A. Bauer. Photo: Schaub-Walzer

The ten part documentary "Balkan Express - Return to Europe" has been awarded the "Erasmus EuroMedia Grand Award" 2008 for outstanding European media productions by the European Society for Education and Communication (ESEC). The documentary series was selected by an international jury among more than 250 applications from all over Europe. It is an initiative of ERSTE Stiftung and has been co-produced by pre tv, ORF and 3sat in cooperation with ESI. Kristof Bender, ESI senior analyst, represented ESI at the ceremony.

In his laudation, ESEC Chairman Professor Thomas A. Bauer stressed the exemplary way in which the series blends inspired direction and emphatic camera work with sound scientific research and journalistic excellence. He said that the result is a remarkable combination of information, education and entertainment which conveys an appealing message about the complex topic of Europe.

"Return to Europe" is one of the most ambitious TV projects on South Eastern Europe produced in recent years.

"Balkan Express - Return to Europe"

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Alan Grant is an Irish photographer who travelled extensively in the Balkans and other countries and regions of the world. Thanks to him, ESI is able to show fascinating pictures of the Balkans: the facades of Tirana, the painted mosques of Travnik, the fabulous old houses of Plovdiv and the spectacular blue of water - dark in the Bay of Kotor, emerald in the river valleys of Bosnia, deep blue in Ohrid, twinkling in the Aegean Sea and on the Bosporus.

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Jonathan Lewis lives between London and Istanbul. He moved to London and spent many years studying photography and now specialises in photojournalism, documentary photography and commercial work for a wide variety of private and commercial clients in the UK, Europe and Turkey. His work has appeared in a number of magazines and publications and is used on the ESI website as well.

You can find out more about Jonathan Lewis on his website www.jonathanlewisphoto.com