Special recognition Olympic Committee awarded the 2005 Radisa Mladenovic for Best Photographer contribution to the promotion of sports creativity and idea of Olympism, and Veljko Rogosic marathon swimmer for special sports achievements.



Radiša Mladenović, master of sports photojournalism

He was born in 1932 in Uzovnica near Ljubovija. More than 40 years he was a photojournalist and photo editor of daily and weekly edition of Sports News, SN magazine, Sprint and Sports magazine. He has worked in other editions of the former Vjesnik. He attended numerous European and World Championships and Olympic Games in Munich in 1972 and Moscow in 1980. After retirement, he hasn’t put his camera away, but continued – with the same enthusiasm and fervor – recording the most interesting events in the Croatian and international sports. He participated in numerous books and monographs, of which we would like to highlight the monographs on Mediterranean Games in Split, Universiade, European Basketball Championships in Zagreb and "Half a century of wolves from Tuškanac". Radiša Mladenovic was also a photo editor of the Croatian Olympic Committee’s magazine Olimp since its first edition. He was the first Zagreb’s professional photojournalist who has prepared a solo exhibition of photojournalism. He has had four solo exhibitions of art photography and three thematic exhibitions of sports photography with which he has won thirty-odd national and international awards for photojournalists. Among them, there is a silver medal won at the exhibition in Rome in 1960 on the occasion of the Olympic Games. He was presented the Golden Pen award by the Croatian Sports Journalists Association and numerous awards and honors including the awards presented by the national sports federations: handball, shooting, football and wrestling federation. In half a century long career in sports, he has made hundreds of thousands of sports motifs and became – due to his photographic skills and unobtrusive and friendly character, close to the athletes – a sort of a legend of sports and sports photography. His most impressive works have been published in the photomonograph - Radiša Mladenović "Writing with light" in 1987.


Veljko Rogošić, marathon swimmer, for special sports achievements

The most successful is world's swimmer of all time, who has - according to the sum of crossed kilometers - "swum" the globe eight times, spending more than a third of his life in the seas, lakes and rivers. He was born in 1941 in Kaštel Lukšić. He has won the title of the Most Successful Marathon Swimmer of the World - which no one has broken so far - seven times and he is the owner of a permanent cups of the World Professional Marathon Swimming Federation (WPMSF). For successes achieved in marathon swimming, the name Veljko Rogošić has been carved since 2000 in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame in Fort Lauderdale in Florida. As a marathon swimmer, he first performed in 1969 at the international marathon in Italy, Riccione and won the first place. On the Croatian coast, where he swam around thirty marathons, he was the first to swim the route Supetar – Split in 1971. He organized the first Starogradski Marathon from the cape Kabal to Starigrad, at which he has won. He was the first Croat to swim across the English Channel "La Manche" (2004) and enroll Croatia in the golden book "La Manche". During his sports career, he has won more than 1,400 medals, plaques, trophies, orders and decorations. He was a State Champion 142 times. He broke records 51 times, played for the national team 203 times, 14 years as captain. He participated at the Olympic Games in Rome in 1960 and Tokyo in 1964, and at the Mediterranean Games in Naples 1963, Tunis 1967 and Izmir 1971 he has won six medals. At the Marathon Savudrija - Prevlaka in 2005, he has set a new world record in stage-swimming. In 57 days (stages), he has swum 912 kilometers of the Croatian coast. Today he is preparing for a new venture - connecting Africa and Europe. He has received numerous awards and decorations; he has been awarded the highest Croatian medals; Order of Danica Hrvatska (the Croatian Morning Star) with the image of Franjo Bučar for special merits in the development and promotion of Croatian sports and Order of the Croatian Trefoil for outstanding merits and contribution during the Homeland War and Homeland War Memorial Medal. He was presented the State Award for Sports "Franjo Bučar, the Award of the City of Split, Coat-of-Arms of the City of Split, City of Zagreb and City of Trogir. He is an honorary citizen of Novi Vinodolski, Novigrad, Poreč, Cavtat and Dubrovnik, and the winner of numerous awards presented to him by other cities including his home town of Kaštel. There are numerous books, documentaries and radio shows recorded on Veljko Rogošić as a marathon legend.