The exhibition features 25 stunning photographic works by photographers Jurgen Freund, Lucy Trippett, Mark Spencer, Nicola Temple, Tyrone Canning and Xanthe Rivett, all of whom were inspired by the Coral Sea.
Moon Wrasse by Lucy Trippett
The exhibition is being held in support of the Protect Our Coral Sea campaign, which calls on the federal government to establish a large, world-class, highly protected marine park in Australia’s Coral Sea.
Sea Turtle by Jurgen Freund
The Coral Sea
The Coral Sea is just off the east coast of Queensland and extends past the Great Barrier Reef. It’s bordered by Papua New Guinea to the north and the Solomon Islands, New Caledonia and Vanuatu to the east.
Jelly Fish by Lucy Trippett
Sydney community campaigner Beth Hill, from the Protect Our Coral Sea campaign, says ” the sea is a remote tropical marine jewel. It’s a global biodiversity hotspot because of the number and diversity of reef and oceanic sharks, tuna, marlin, swordfish and sailfish found in its waters”.
Maori Humphed by Tyrone Canning
Marine protection for the Coral Sea?
Sadly, many of the species that inhabit the Coral Sea are in danger of becoming extinct. In fact, 341 species are featured on the Red List of endangered species, created by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
Floating Emperor Nautilus by Mark Spencer
The current proposal for the protection of the Coral Sea only fully protects two of the 25 reefs currently open to fishing. The Protect Our Sea campaign aims to turn the current Conservation Zone, which extends 972,000 sq. km, into a permanent marine park.
Manta Ray by Jurgen Freund
“Australia’s Coral Sea may be the world’s last great tropical ocean ecosystem where a very large highly protected marine reserve could be established and effectively managed,” says Beth.
Spotted eel by Nicola Temple
Barracuda Ring by Jurgen Freund
The exhibition is on until early April, 2012 at Oceanworld in Manly, Sydney
Wish I lived in Sydney as this looks like a great exhibition.