Photography Expedition: Danajon Bank, Philippines
Project Seahorse (founded by ZSL in 1996) a leading marine conservation group, and the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP), a team of award-winning image makers have completed a photography project that explored a rare and threatened double barrier coral reef in the Philippines.
Little known to the outside world, Danajon Bank is one of only six double barrier reefs across the globe, and one of the most important marine ecosystems in the entire Pacific Ocean. Species found all over the region are thought to have first evolved along this 90-mile stretch of coastline.
Unfortunately, Danajon Bank faces many threats, including over fishing and destructive fishing practices (such as blast fishing with explosives), as well as over development, pollution, and climate change. The reef is home to at least 200 threatened animals, such as the elusive Tiger-tail seahorse.
The project aimed to capture Danajon bank in all its fragile beauty and the images will be shared around the world to raise awareness about the threats facing this important ecosystem.
Images from the expedition will be exhibited at aquariums in Chicago, London, Hong Kong and Manila, Philippines.
For more information visit the Expedition Danajon Bank Blog