Issue 57 of Ocean Geographic Magazine 'Surviving earth's most destructive animal' contains my article on Aldabra, the UNESCO World Heritage Site located in Seychelles. The piece takes a look at the effects of 50 years of protection on the biodiversity of the atoll and its surrounding waters.
To purchase a copy of the magazine and to find out more about the work being undertaken by the Ocean Geographic Society, visit http://www.ogsociety.org/
I am very pleased to see that my image captured at Aldabra atoll took second place in the Above Water Seascapes category of the United Nations World Oceans Day Photo Competition. The image is of two of the islets that form part of the west channels that allow huge volumes of water to pass in and out of the vast lagoon. A huge thank you to the Seychelles Islands Foundation for making the trip possible.
The UNESCO World Heritage site of ALdabra atoll is an incredible place, where thanks to the hard work and dedication of the SIF team, wildlife continues to thrive within healthy ecosystems. For more information please visit their website to show your support: http://www.sif.sc/
In April 2019, Swim Trek visited the Seychelles on their maiden trip. For one week, guests explored the granitic islands, making two swims each day in the warm, clear waters of the Indian Ocean.
Halfway through their trip, I joined the Swim Trek team onboard their liveaborad located off Curieuse Island for the day. I photographed the inaugural swim between Praslin and Curieuse, together with the rest of the day's activities.
For more information about Swim Trek, or to book on to one of their amazing trips, visit - https://www.swimtrek.com/
My new book, Underwater Eden - The Marine Life of Seychelles, is now available for pre-order from Amazon. Co-authored with Joe Daniels, the coffee table book features over 200 images captured within Seychelles waters. The book is the result of over two years of snorkelling and diving around the granitic reefs and coral bays of Seychelles islands. Chapters include, Ecosystems, Fishes, Turtles, Invertebrates, Marine Protected Areas and Conservation. Underwater Eden encapsulates the wonders of Seychelles' marine environment and highlights the numerous creatures that call it home.
The release date for Underwater Eden is September 2018. Copies can be pre-ordered from Amazon - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Underwater-Eden-Marine-Life-Seychelles/dp/1909612979/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1527857655&sr=8-1&keywords=underwater+eden
I am very pleased to have become a member of the Ocean Artists Society, an organisation that uses ocean art to inspire people around the world to a greater awareness of our need to preserve our natural world.
The Ocean Artist Society was created to foster an appreciation and develop continued interest in the ocean arts. To date they have over 400 members, painter, sculptors, photographers, and filmmakers. Their mission is to use ocean art to inspire people around the world to a greater awareness of the need to preserve our natural world. Separately their members have millions of loyal followers. Together, their ability to make a difference is incalculable.
Some of their luminaries in addition to Michael Aw include Dr. Sylvia Earle, Leandro Blanco, David Doubilet, Brian Skerry, James Cameron, Ernie Brooks, Stan Waterman, Valerie Taylor, Howard and Michelle Hall, Greg MacGillivray, Stephen Frink, Emory Kristof, Alex Mustard, Amos Nachoum, Clement Lee, Flip Nicklin, Richard Ellis, Laurent Ballesta, Eric Cheng, and Asher Jay, just to name a few.
For more information visit wwwoceanartistssociety.org
The Framing Light Exhibition organised by Arterial Network Seychelles, is currently being held at Eden Island Art Gallery and will run from May 7th to June 15th 2018. The exhibition of fine art photography brings together the work of almost 30 photographers and features images primarily from Seychelles.
Some of my images will be on display throughout the exhibition and are available for purchase.
The September 2017 issue of Underwater Photography Magazine includes a trip report from my visit to Alphonse Island earlier this year. The Alphonse Group - A tale of two atolls, covers the week I spent staying at the Alphonse Island Resort diving around the twin atolls of Alphonse and St. François. The current issue of UWPMAG is now available to download - http://www.uwpmag.com/
For information about diving Alphonse Island visit - www.alphonse-island.com
Issue 3 of Island Studies includes my article 'Baie Ternay Marine National Park - A small bay with a big future'. The article looks at the ecosystems that make up the Baie Ternay Marine National Park as well as the diversity of coastal flora and fauna that inhabits its boundaries. In the face of mounting natural and anthropogenic threats, Baie Ternay remains an area of immense beauty, it's interconnected ecosystems vibrant and resilient.
To read the article and view a selection of my images, Island Studies can be downloaded at the following address: http://unisey.ac.sc/images/documents/Island-Studies-Issue-3.pdf
This month's edition of X-Ray magazine includes my article 'Sea Cucumbers in peril'. The article looks at the importance of sea cucumbers as part of a healthy marine ecosystem and the problem associated with over harvesting for the Asian market.
To download a free copy of the latest issue of X-Ray magazine, visit: http://www.xray-mag.com/
Chris is a wildlife photographer and conservationist currently living in the Seychelles. He is passionate about the marine environment and concerned about the many threats it is facing today.