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THE WAY IT ALL BEGAN

Few years ago, the Mensa SCG members (Uros Petrovic and Ranko Rajovic) started working on the idea to connect Mensa organizations all over the world by a project interesting to everyone. That was the time PHOTO SIG was formed and the first PHOTO CUP was organized within Mensa SCG, because there was an intention to approach Mensa International already with some experience. The response to the first PHOTO CUP in SCG was fantastic, the photographs were of top quality, the exhibitions were extremely well visited, accompanied by a successful media promotion of Mensa.

It was a real hit! With that prior experience, Mensa World Photo Cup sailed ahead. The whole idea was presented by Ranko Rajovic at IBD congress in Oslo (Oct. 2004) and at that time the CONVERGENCE project started. The Organizational Committee was formed, consisting of Ranko Rajovic (SCG), Peter Boswell (UK) and Therese Modie Bloom (Australia). Uros Petrovic (SCG) was appointed as the technical editor. Terry Boswell (UK) and Mirek Jindrisek (CZR) considerably contributed to working out the details of the whole idea in Oslo.

THE IMPORTANCE OF MENSA PHOTO CUP FOR MENSA POPULARIZATION

As a part of "Convergence" project, Mensa World Photo Cup 2005 had very successful media coverage. Through newspapers and magazines, national and other TV stations, as well as several exhibitions in the main city galleries, these photographs were seen by over two million people in Serbia and Montenegro.

The importance of this activity for Mensa popularization in general is invaluable.

MENSA WORLD PHOTO CUP EXHIBITIONS

Only when they are exhibited do the photographs achieve their true meaning - exchanging artistic energy with visitors. The top quality photographs from Mensa Photo Cup were exhibited at USUF Gallery, as well as at Barutana Gallery within the famous Belgrade BEER FEST, which is attended by over 1000000 people from all over the world, and at the international MENSA gathering at Pali?...And this is not all - it's just the beginning of their public life.

 

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