Announcing Expedition: Danajon Bank

Project Seahorse is thrilled to announce Expedition: Danajon Bank, an exciting new collaboration with the world’s top nature photographers to document a rare and threatened double-barrier reef in the Philippines.

Project Seahorse and the International League of Conservation Photographers (ILCP) will send a team of award-winning photographers and conservationists to document Danajon Bank, the “centre of the centre” of biodiversity in the Pacific Ocean — with the ultimate goal of raising awareness about marine conservation and achieving new legal protections for the reef system.  

Expedition: Danajon Bank, which includes plans for an international photo exhibition and book, kicks off today with a four-week crowdfunding campaign: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/expedition-danajon-bank/

The expedition itself happens April 5th-15th. 

“Not many people have heard of Danajon Bank, and we plan to change that,” says Prof. Amanda Vincent, Director of Project Seahorse. “Increasingly, scientists are using crowdfunding as a creative way to raise awareness and funds for projects like Expedition: Danajon Bank. Sites like IndieGoGo and Kickstarter are incredibly powerful tools for engaging people in marine conservation, so we thought, why not start there?”

Expedition: Danajon Bank will document the region in all of its beauty and all of its threats. One of only six double-barrier reefs in the world, Danajon Bank is an important evolutionary point of origin for fish and animal species found all over the Pacific Ocean today. Unfortunately, it is also home to nearly 200 threatened species, thanks to overfishing and other pressures. 

“There really is no better way to communicate the urgent need for marine conservation than through vivid, powerful photographs — the kind of images that hit you in the head and the heart,” says Thomas P. Peschak, an ILCP Fellow and one of the expedition photographers. His resumé includes multiple BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year and World Press Photo awards. 

“We hope to inspire people and policymakers, inside the Philippines and beyond, to take up our cause.”

The expedition team includes photographers Peschak, Luciano Candisani, Claudio Contreras, and Michael Ready. They will blog about their experiences on National Geographic’s NewsWatch Blog, among other places. Project Seahorse co-founders Prof. Vincent, and ZSL’s Dr. Heather Koldewey and Dr. Nicholas Hill will act scientific advisors. 

Beginning in June, the photographs will be staged as a series of educational exhibitions in Chicago, Hong Kong, Manila, London, and beyond. They will also be turned into a book..

“We’re thrilled to be teaming up with ILCP’s amazing photographers, and we’re excited about the incredible imagery we’ll be able to offer through IndieGoGo,” says Prof. Vincent. 

Funds raised by the IndieGoGo campaign will help to support the expedition, exhibitions, and book.

For more information, visit http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/expedition-danajon-bank or contact Project Seahorse at t.stiem@projectseahorse.org or 604-827-5142.