Oceanographic helps Philippines project through stunning photographs

Battery of Barracuda taken in Tubbataha. Photo: Jun V Lao
Battery of Barracuda taken in Tubbataha. Photo: Jun V Lao

The Oceanographic Museum of Monaco’s exhibition titled “Tubbataha, the Philippines’ UNESCO Marine World Heritage”, which features the images of Tubbataha Reefs captured through the lenses of renowned Filipino and American photographers, ends August 31.

The exhibition showcases photojournalists Tet Lara, Marissa Floirendo, David Doubilet, and Jennifer Hayes.

The 97,030-hectare Tubbataha Reef Marine Park in Palawan, the westernmost Philippine province is home to 72 percent of the world’s coral species and according to UNESCO, is “an excellent example of a pristine coral reef with a spectacular 100-m perpendicular wall, extensive lagoons and two coral islands”.

“We would like to help Tubbataha, using our images so the tourist can come. We can create revenue for the park so we could sustain the yearly expenses to protect it,” Tel Lara commented.

David Doubilet and Jennifer Hayes are a photographic team for National Geographic Magazine, specialising in ocean environments. Their recent collaboration has taken them around the Philippines.
”Coral reefs are the jewels of our planet and Tubbataha is one of the best reefs in the world,” Mr Doubilet said.

The Philippines’ top underwater videographer and cinematographer, Marissa Floirendo produced the film “Tubbataha, a National Treasure,” which has the distinction of being one of the Choice Selection at the 2017 Wildlife Conservation Film Festival in New York City.

Prince Albert visited the site last year. His Serene Highness vowed to help protect the wetland of international significance.

The exhibition will run until the end of the month and be featured in the Philippines in late 2017 through the Ayala Foundation and Ayala Malls.

Tickets can be purchased online or outside of the museum (from €8 to €16).


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