Sami Karkabi photography award
Sami Karkabi (1931-2017), co-founder of the Spéléo Club du Liban (SCL) and pioneer of speleology in Lebanon, was a devoted professional photographer.
He took more than 25,000 photos in the Lebanese caves (documenting preciously the historical development of the Lebanese Speleology) and more than 300,000 photos during his several worldwide travels since 1949. He made a vast, international, speleological network partly through his contribution to the International Union of Speleology and his deep friendship with renown French cavers, which led to continuous speleological activities in Lebanon by Lebanese and foreign cavers even during the Lebanese war. More information on Sami Karkabi can be found on his dedicated website:
The ‘Sami Karkabi Photography Award’, will be offered for the first time at the 18th International Speleology Congress in 2021, in France. This award aims to keep the legacy of Sami Karkabi with respect to his life-long passion, speleo exploration. He was indeed the first Lebanese caver to descend the Gouffre Berger in France (in 1956) – at the time of its exploration, and when this cave was the world deepest, exceeding the depth of 1000m. He led a vast number of expeditions in Lebanon and abroad. He led the project for entirely mapping the Jeita Cave: the longest cave in Lebanon (around 12km) in the 1950 and the most visited show-cave in the Middle East. He did the same for the deepest cave in Lebanon, Fouar-Dara sinkhole (-620m). He also led several cave-diving expeditions in Lebanon and abroad. In conclusion, Sami Karkabi was a very passionate cave-explorer, photographer, and topographer. He incarnates the sportive, scientific and cultural aspect of speleology.
The award will be on one photograph concerning speleological exploration.
The award grant is offered by the Spéléo Club du Liban (SCL) and will consist of five hundred Euro (500 €) and a certificate to the winner(s).The Jury will be made up of three members named by the SCL (Lebanon), the Organizers of the 18th ICS and the International Union of Speleology (UIS).
The procedure submission of photographs will follow the same process of the 18th ICS Spelemedia photo competition.