The Brussels HELCOM Ministerial Meeting 2018 was a incredibly interesting conference to document. The client, HELCOM, knew exactly what it wanted, so it eased the process of taking pictures. The meeting was not only appealing to document but also to hear. They talked about many important current subjects related to the Baltic Sea.

HELCOM (Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission – Helsinki Commission) is the governing body of the Convention on the Protection of the Marine Environment of the Baltic Sea Area.

Photography assignment for HELCOM: Brussels Helcom Ministerial Meeting 2018. Photo of the guests looking by the window in the Palais d'Egmont as they arrive to the venue. Taken on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, in Palais d'Egmont, Brussels by Dani Oshi.
Guests look by the window in the Palais d’Egmont as they arrive to the venue
Photography assignment for HELCOM: Brussels Helcom Ministerial Meeting 2018. Photo of the guests enjoying an exhibition at the entrance of the meeting room. Taken on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, in Palais d'Egmont, Brussels by Dani Oshi.
Guests enjoy an exhibition at the entrance of the meeting room
Photography assignment for HELCOM: Brussels Helcom Ministerial Meeting 2018. Photo of Karmenu Vella, Commissioner for the Environment for the European Commission, speaks to some of the attendees before the meeting starts. Taken on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, in Palais d'Egmont, Brussels by Dani Oshi.
Karmenu Vella, Commissioner for the Environment for the European Commission, speaks to some of the attendees before the meeting starts
Photography assignment for HELCOM: Brussels Helcom Ministerial Meeting 2018. Photo of the overall view of the meeting room from the Chair perspective. Taken on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, in Palais d'Egmont, Brussels by Dani Oshi.
The overall view of the meeting room from the Chair perspective
Photography assignment for HELCOM: Brussels Helcom Ministerial Meeting 2018. Photo of Helcom team member addressing the audience. Taken on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, in Palais d'Egmont, Brussels by Dani Oshi.
One of the Helcom staff addresses the audience when the meeting starts

As the meeting starts, all members have 5 minutes to speak about their views, concerns and action plans.

Photography assignment for HELCOM: Brussels Helcom Ministerial Meeting 2018. Photo of the Minister of Finland addressing the audience. Taken on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, in Palais d'Egmont, Brussels by Dani Oshi.
Minister of Finland addresses the audience
Photography assignment for HELCOM: Brussels Helcom Ministerial Meeting 2018. Photo of the minister of Poland taking the floor and addressing the audience. Taken on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, in Palais d'Egmont, Brussels by Dani Oshi.
The minister of Poland takes the floor and addresses the audience
Photography assignment for HELCOM: Brussels Helcom Ministerial Meeting 2018. Photo of another general view of the meeting room. Taken on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, in Palais d'Egmont, Brussels by Dani Oshi.
Another general view of the meeting room
Photography assignment for HELCOM: Brussels Helcom Ministerial Meeting 2018. Photo of the Minister of Sweden taking the floor and addressing the audience. Taken on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, in Palais d'Egmont, Brussels by Dani Oshi.
The Minister of Sweden takes the floor and addresses the audience

Then, external persons related to the matter took the floor to also address their concerns and views.

Photography assignment for HELCOM: Brussels Helcom Ministerial Meeting 2018. Photo of one of the guests as she addresses the audience. Taken on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, in Palais d'Egmont, Brussels by Dani Oshi.
One of the guests addresses the audience
Photography assignment for HELCOM: Brussels Helcom Ministerial Meeting 2018. Photo of the Chair of Helcom as she addresses the guests. Taken on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, in Palais d'Egmont, Brussels by Dani Oshi.
The Chair of Helcom addresses the guests
Photography assignment for HELCOM: Brussels Helcom Ministerial Meeting 2018. Photo of one of the guests as he takes the floor to address the audience. Taken on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, in Palais d'Egmont, Brussels by Dani Oshi.
One of the guests takes the floor to address the audience

Once the meeting was over, all members got a present for their efforts.

Photography assignment for HELCOM: Brussels Helcom Ministerial Meeting 2018. Photo of one of the ministers enjoying his gift. Taken on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, in Palais d'Egmont, Brussels by Dani Oshi.
One of the ministers enjoying his gift
Photography assignment for HELCOM: Brussels Helcom Ministerial Meeting 2018. Photo of the detail of the gift received by every country member of the meeting. Taken on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, in Palais d'Egmont, Brussels by Dani Oshi.
A detail of the gift received by every country member of the meeting
Photography assignment for HELCOM: Brussels Helcom Ministerial Meeting 2018. Photo of members of the meeting engaging with each other right after the meeting is over. Taken on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, in Palais d'Egmont, Brussels by Dani Oshi.
As the meeting finishes, the attendees start engaging with each other

A group picture with all members and ministers followed after the event finished, to then slowly shift into the networking lunch.

Photography assignment for HELCOM: Brussels Helcom Ministerial Meeting 2018. Photo of all ministers and members present in the meeting. Taken on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, in Palais d'Egmont, Brussels by Dani Oshi.
Group picture of all ministers and members present in the meeting
Photography assignment for HELCOM: Brussels Helcom Ministerial Meeting 2018. Photo of people networking at the end of the meeting over some drinks and food. Taken on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, in Palais d'Egmont, Brussels by Dani Oshi.
When the meeting ends, time for networking is available

These photos were taken in Brussels on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 in a photography assignment for HELCOM: Brussels Helcom Ministerial Meeting 2018 in the Palais d’Egmont.

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