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Zlatna penkala - Jean-Louis Tremblais i Eric Martin
Zlatna penkala - Jean-Louis Tremblais i Eric Martin

FRANCE

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Jean-Louis TREMBLAIS and  Eric Martin, the reporter team of the Le Figaro Magazine was present last year in Sinj during the Sinj Alka event. For the purposes of the reportage they filmed the details of the race, but also they interviewed the families of several generations of “Alkars”, dressed in traditional Alka costumes. The journalist Jean-Louis Tremblais presents the Sinj Alka to his readers ad the oldest knights’ tournament in Europe, with a tradition of incredible almost 300 years.  They report how this is a very important social event of which the population of this region is very proud of, and transmitted directly by national televisions, in presence of the President of the Republic.  The influence of the Alkars is so great, as stated by Le Figaro’s journalists, that each family from the Cetina region wishes to have at least one Alkar within the family. As stated bu the author, the Duke himself is the most important inhabitant of Sinj, more important than the mayor.  Vivid photos are signed by the famous French photographer Eric Martin. French journalist were especially impressed by months of preparations for the Alka, and dressing up the horses. The “Alkar vocabulary” was published together with the article entitled „Gospini  kopljanici, explaining the words such as “vojvoda” (duke), “bara”, “čoja”, and “arambaša”. 

Zlatna penkala - Beate Höfener
Zlatna penkala - Beate Höfener

GERMANY

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Beate Höfener  published the reportage about the Istrian peninsula, entitled “Croatia’s Green Peninsula” for the German TV WDR. The crystal clear sea, medieval towns, and the peninsula called by the locals “the heart of Europe” have fascinated the journalist. The journalist travels through Istria, and admires the romantic towns of Rovinj, Pula, and Poreč. In addition, she visits a family on the farm in the hinterland, and the Brijuni National Park. She relaxes in charming taverns, tasting local products. She goes fishing with local fishermen that at the same time run restaurants, and she follows the process from catching the fish to its preparation for the guests. She is accompanies by the guide Marina Šuran. Beate Hofener has been working for more than 20 years for the “Westdeutscher Rundfunk Köln”. No matter where she films, she focuses on culture and nature. 

Zlatna penkala - Agnieszka Kolasińska-Tyluś i Wojciech Tyluś
Zlatna penkala - Agnieszka Kolasińska-Tyluś i Wojciech Tyluś

POLAND

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Agnieszka Kolasińska-Tyluś and Wojciech Tyluś from the city of Lublin in Poland are a young married couple who passionately explore Croatia for the last several years. As a result of the travel and stays in Croatia they did several interesting projects through which they wanted to share their experience during the stay, and to offer numerous useful information to everyone seeking to travel to Croatia. Their texts, information, and a specialised blog about Croatia can be found at www.crolove.pl , Youtube, Facebook, Instragram, Tweeter, Google+, Pinterest.  Their posts are full of fantastic photos, texts about their personal Croatian experience, and numerous current information about Croatia. The nominated reportages entitled “25 Photos for which You Will Fall in Love withe Croatia”, “A Walk on the Dubrovnik Walls”, “25 Reasons Why You Should Never Visit Croatia”, “Šibenik - the Historical City and the Šibenik Bay”, “20 Facts About Croatia You Did Not Know” were very popular among readers, and the post about Dubrovnik walls had 3,300 interactions.