ILINA ARSOVA (1982) is a Macedonian mountaineer, environmental activist and
artist. She becomes the First Macedonian woman, second on the Balkans and among only 70 in the world to reach the highest summits on all 7 continents in the world's extreme mountaineering challenge, 7 summits and the first woman of Macedonia to have completed the ascent of Chomolungma, the Tibetan name for mount Everest.
She admires the simple life led by the people in the Himalayas. Back home she is a fervent environmental activist, strongly dedicated to preserve her home place, UNESCO-listed Ohrid lake, which is threatened with unregulated development and water pollution.
In 2012, she was one of the nominees of the US State Department Global Sports Mentoring Program. This program develops new lasting relationships and a global network of women who strive to create positive change in their home communities through sports. Through multiple tasks and talents, one of her constant goals in the past 5 years has been to promote and encourage women to get more involved in sports and educate through workshops the next generation of outdoor enthusiasts.
VANESSA BEUCHER (1979) is a French photographer, journalist and translator. She has a Master's Degree in translation and film studies from the Sorbonne University in Paris and the University of Irvine California. She also has a degree from the ETPA photography school in Toulouse. After having lived in the United States and in the Pyrénées mountains, she now calls la Grave in the French Alps her home and is among other things a passionate freeride skier and climber. Most of her work revolves around mountain culture at large, having been published in France and other countries, such as Switzerland, Germany, the United States... She lends a great deal of importance to some form of storytelling approach, having already worked on projects in Iceland, the Balkans, Iran and focusing on mountain communities in those countries. Through her articles and photos, her aim is to highlight individuals and collective initiatives contributing each in their own way to a world in which gender equality, peace and environmental protection stand as fundamental values.