Monday, October 25, 2010

National Geographic Picture Winners

The winner of this year's Marine Photobank's 2010 Ocean in Focus Conservation Photo Contest
was Guy Marcovaldi from the "Projeto Tamar Brazil, Marine Photobank."
It is a picture of "17 sea turtles drowned by a discarded fishing net off the Brazilian coast."

This story by Sean Markey is telling the significance of photographs and saving the ocean. Because we cannot all go dive with the sea turtles these stories and still pictures in are important to sustain life in the ocean because it creates a still moment like a headline or a slow motion shot.

The next picture in particular moved me. The "Mourning of a Fallen Giant." It is a picture of a Whale shark that was left to die by poachers off the Philippines coast. This story by National Geographic and photo by Peri Paleracio got straight to the heart of many because not only did the poachers leave the shark to die by just cutting its fins off but the woman who felt for this giant helpless creature. Whale sharks are some of the most gentle animals in the world eating only small "plankton or other microscopic plants and animals," (