50% of the world's coral reefs are under threat of collapse

Judges

Daniel BeltraDaniel Beltrá

Born in Madrid, Spain, Daniel Beltrá is a photographer based in Seattle, Washington. His passion for conservation is evident in images of our environment that are evocatively poignant. The most striking large-scale photographs by Beltrá are images shot from the air. This perspective gives the viewer a wider context to the beauty and destruction he witnesses, as well as revealing a delicate sense of scale. After two months of photographing the Deepwater Horizon Gulf Oil Spill, he produced many visually arresting images of the man-made disaster. His SPILL exhibit premiered in August 2010 and has toured around the globe since then.

Over the past two decades, Beltrá’s work has taken him to all seven continents, including several expeditions to the Brazilian Amazon, the Arctic, the Southern Oceans and the Patagonian ice fields. For his work on the Gulf Oil Spill, in 2011 he received the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Award , the Lucie Award for the International Photographer of the Year – Deeper Perspective, and was chosen as one of the six finalists for Critical Mass for Photolucida. In 2009, Beltrá received the prestigious Prince’s Rainforest Project award granted by HRH The Prince of Wales. Other highlights include the BBVA Foundation award in 2013 and the inaugural “Global Vision Award” from the Pictures of the Year International in 2008. In 2007 and 2006 he received awards for his work in the Amazon from World Press Photo. Daniel’s work has been published by the most prominent international publications including The New Yorker, Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, Le Monde, and El Pais, amongst many others.

Daniel Beltrá is a fellow and board member of the prestigious International League of Conservation Photographers.

Enric Sala

Enric Sala

Enric Sala is dedicated to restoring the health and productivity of the ocean. His more than 120 scientific publications are widely recognized and used for real-world conservation efforts such as the creation of marine reserves. Enric is currently working to help protect the last pristine marine ecosystems worldwide, and to develop new business models for marine conservation. He founded and leads National Geographic’s Pristine Seas, a project that combines exploration, research, and media to inspire country leaders to protect the last wild places in the ocean. Working together with conservation organizations, the Pristine Seas project was key in inspiring the creation of six of the largest marine reserves on the planet in Chile, Gabon, Costa Rica, Kiribati, the Pitcairn Islands, and U.S. Pacific waters. Enric has received numerous awards, including 2008 Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, 2013 Research Award of the Spanish Geographical Society, 2013 Lowell Thomas Award of the Explorers Club, and 2013 Hero Award by the Environmental Media Association. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. Sala is a National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence.

Terence Dormer

Terence Dormer

Terence Dormer trained as a diver in the 1980s with the founding branch of the British Sub-Aqua Club, of which he remains a member.He worked for the Commonwealth Secretariat for 32 years and his duties involved assignments in many countries. Following his official duties, he was sometimes able to take a few days leave and explore the local underwater sites. He has been fortunate to dive in all the world’s oceans and many of its seas.

Since retiring, he has continued his interest in underwater environments, with particular reference to the fauna of coral reefs. He prefers photographic equipment of the most basic kind and confines himself to a small film camera, which he carries in his pocket together with two attachable lenses. If he encounters an interesting animal, he endeavours to ensure that it gets used to his presence before taking a close-up picture.

He has had several exhibitions in London. A selection of his images is available at the picture library of the Natural History Museum http://piclib.nhm.ac.uk/Terry_Dormer.asp. In addition, he produces an annual calendar and writes occasionally about the underwater world. His most recent articles concern the Commonwealth, climate change and coral reefs and were published in the February 2015 edition of The Round Table (the Commonwealth journal of international affairs) and the April 2015 edition of Commonwealth Voices (the magazine of the Royal Commonwealth Society).

Article by Terence Dormer, published in the February 2015 edition of The Round Table (the Commonwealth journal of international affairs) and the April 2015 edition of Commonwealth Voices (the magazine of the Royal Commonwealth Society).

 

Kevin Casha

Kevin Casha

Kevin Casha has a career that spans over 35 years in photography. He is the winner of numerous awards both in Malta and abroad. Kevin is past President of the Malta Photographic Society and current Chairman and founder of the Malta Institute of Professional Photography. He is the only person in Malta who has been awarded Honorary Life membership of both Photographic organizations for his work towards bettering local photography. He has curated numerous one man exhibitions in Malta as well as in Italy, London, Corsica, United States and Sicily.

He has won many awards and accolades including; technical Co-ordinator of the Malta National Picture Archive and Malta Photographic Society’s Photographer of the Year. Kevin is also a lecturer on the Higher National Diploma Photography course at the Malta Arts and Design College and a Lecturer on Photography at the Faculty of Media and Knowledge Sciences, University of Malta

Hanli Prinsloo

Hanli Prinsloo is a multiple South African freediving record holder and founder/ CEO of I AM WATER Ocean Conservation. Growing up on a horse farm in rural South Africa a love of nature and the need of wilderness experiences for wellbeing were instilled at an early age.

With a background in social political documentary filmmaking, Hanli has travelled the world seeking and telling stories of transformation, hope and inspiration. Focusing on her sport Hanli excelled at competitive freediving and is a sought-after coach having worked with professional rugby players, cyclists, runners and her mental strength training for big wave surfers has won her international acclaim. At present her energy is channelled into ocean conservation through human experience, reconnecting people with nature through the innovative I AM WATER ocean workshops offered to underserved coastal communities globally. Her personal quest freediving with marine megafauna has resulted in numerous exhibitions, films and articles about the human/animal connection. She is an acclaimed inspirational speaker and Young Global Leader under the World Economic Forum. www.iamwaterfoundation.org