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Beyond the Horizon: Photo Exhibition Held at International Maritime Organization Headquarters in London, UK

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IMO Secretary-General Efthimios E. Mitropoulos (2nd from left) with the Duke of Gloucester (left) at the exhibition

From June 16-20, 2008, "Beyond the Horizon," an exhibition of photographs taken by the Hato-kai, Soka Gakkai members who work on oceangoing vessels, was shown at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) headquarters in London, UK. Hato-kai and IMO co-organized the event in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the adoption of the IMO Convention and the refurbishment of the IMO headquarters' building. The UK is the 10th country to host the exhibition.

The IMO is a specialized United Nations' agency with 168 member states and three associate members, based in London. It promotes international cooperation relating to maritime issues for safe, secure and efficient shipping on clean oceans. Since the IMO Council's 100th session coincided with the exhibition, many attendees came to see the photographs including ambassadors. The Duke of Gloucester, IMO Secretary-General Efthimios E. Mitropoulos and World Maritime University President Karl Laubstein were among the visiting guests.

The exhibition included some 93 photographs taken by seafarers on their voyages capturing the sea's wild natural beauty, bustling port scenes and village life, as well as photographs offered by the Nautical Institute and the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology who supported the event. Some 12 photographs from SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's "Dialogue with Nature" collection were also displayed.

[Adapted from an article in the July 7, 2008 issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Japan]