Title:
The Lookout Post
Photographer:
Laura Storm
Age Group:
Over 18s
Region:
Americas
Country:
The Bahamas
Human Impacts
Camera Used:
Canon 550D, 15mm fisheye lens. Sea & Sea RDX550D housing. Twin INON strobes.
Image caption:

Vast expanses of our seas are littered with debris, hazardous waste like chemical sludge and plastic pollution. All of these are a direct effect of our species' disregard for the health of the planet and the blue ocean heart at its core. The collective impact on marine life and water quality is immense. Millions of tons of plastic, unable to biodegrade, lie suspended or floating in vast gyres that are driven by ocean currents. This is where the debris will remain unless we actively do something to clean it up.

By contrast, the seas are also littered with old ship wrecks. Over time, these become encrusted with coral growth. The superstructure offers sanctuary in the form of an artificial reef where life can thrive. These shoaling snappers are using an old anchor as a refuge. In just the same way this anchor offers safety and shelter, we have to find a way to provide the same for the future of the planet, the oceans and all of life.

Minor adjustments: exposure, crop, clarity, w/b

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