It’s safe to say that when Nenad Saljic captured this image of cavers dropping into the mouth of Cave Mamet, he was making the most of his natural surroundings.
It also helps that he’s an active caver and speleophotographer, a certified caving instructor and mountain rescuer, and has a Ph.D. in Economics. The latter of which likely the motivator for getting away from the grind and into the elements.
Votes were tallied at the Darkroom Gallery where the exhibit was on display in October 2011, as well as online at VentureThere.com during the month-long exhibit. In the end, “Cave Mamet” edged-out two other great images: “Midnight Ski Camp” by Brian Mohr and Emily Johnson, and “Boulder With A View” by Joshua Montague.
Nenad is based in the centuries-old European city of Split, Croatia, just across the Adriatic Sea from Ancona, Italy. The region itself is a cultural hub and a photographer’s delight. The art and architecture extends back to its founding in the 3rd century as a Roman palace, and the region’s outdoor activities revolve solely around its classic Mediterranean hot summers and mild winters. The trend-setting music and active sports cultures in Split are also highlights, making it a great destination for your next European getaway.
Cave Mamet is located in South Velebit, home to Croatia’s third highest peak. And if you think you may have heard of the cave before, you might thank Felix Baumgartner for his 2004 B.A.S.E. jump into the 630-foot cave. Also located in Sjeverni Velebit is the Lukina Jama cave, a 4,560-foot deep giant that’s one of the deepest caves in the world, and the deepest in southeast Europe.
Thanks to everyone who contributed to the inaugural “Natural Playground” juried contest and photography exhibit, and thanks to our sponsors who helped along the way.
We hope to do this again soon, and in the meantime, remember to make the most of your natural surroundings… and don’t forget your camera.