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Joining Forces with Oceans in Focus

January 15, 2018

I have recently joined the ranks of the non-profit ocean education organization Oceans in Focus as their COO.

The non-profit aims to raise awareness on ocean conservation issues through the implementation of school presentations, internships, and various events. By using photography, film, and virtual reality Oceans in Focus hopes to inspire global change and empower youth.

If you are interested in getting involved please reach out!

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Earth Day Exhibit at Credit Suisse: Wroclaw, Poland

April 29, 2017

After much hard work on the part of Anna Trojnar-Gibki, an exhibit of my water images was unveiled in Wroclaw, Poland for Earth Day 2017. The exhibit is now on display in the Credit Suisse office at the Green Day Building on Szczytnicka Street.

On April 21, to kick off Earth Day, the bank held an event: “Doing Well, By Doing Good” which consisted of a presentation about responsible investment and an introduction to the exhibit.

The gallery of images will be exhibited through May 5. After which, the images will be auctioned off, and monies raised will go to Credit Suisse’s Charity of the Year, which focuses on children with cancer.

Many thanks to Anna Trojnar-Gibki for her relentless efforts to make this happen!

Image Courtesy of Anna Trojnar-Gibki

 

Singapore: Elysium Artists for the Arctic Exhibit

April 6, 2017

Photo Courtesy of Ruban Kumar

The Elysium Artists for the Arctic Exhibition opened in Singapore on April 5, 2017 with ocean scientists, Dr. Sylvia A. Earle and, Photographer,  Michael Aw addressing guests and signing books. The exhibition features a collection of images, curated by Rosamund Kidman Cox, Peter Ong, and Miriam Stein Battles. The featured photographs and paintings are the culmination of a three week journey across the High Arctic.

Photo Courtesy of Ruban Kumar

The expedition, which I took part in as a contributing photographer, took place over August and September of 2015, consisted of 66 team members from 19 countries. Some of the members included legends such as Dr. Sylvia Earle, David Doubilet, Jennifer Hayes, Michael Aw, Ernie Brooks II, Wyland, and Leandro Blanco. Along with the other passionate team members this multi-faceted interpretation of the Arctic came together. Painters, cinematographers, photographers, and musicians united to create this body of work In order to generate awareness for climate change––through the arts.

Dr. Sylvia A. Earle and Michael Aw presenting the Elysium book

The exhibit can be viewed between April 5 and April 16 at Ion Orchard (Level 4) in Singapore and will then move on to Marina Mandarin Hotel Gallery (Level 5) through May 8, 2017.

Sedna Epic Expedition

April 15, 2016
Very exciting news I’d like to share this week! I am thrilled to announce I have joined the all-women Sedna Epic team and will be traveling in late July with them to Baffin Island, in the Canadian Territory of Nunavut. Sedna’s educational outreach program will work with Inuit communities and in particular young women to deliver an educational outreach program focused on ocean conservation and climate change.

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The Plan:

Snorkel the Northwest Passage for Climate Change

Over the next three summers the team will snorkel the Canadian Arctic’s 3,000 km Northwest Passage from Pond Inlet to Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories.
The all-female team of scientists, explorers, educators, and artists will be the first to attempt the voyage. By completing this journey we hope to bring worldwide attention to disappearing sea ice and climate change.

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Bringing the Ocean to Eye Level:

Throughout the journey Team Sedna will work with ten Inuit communities to deliver educational outreach programs focused on ocean conservation and climate change. These programs will consist of using ROV’s (remotely operated vehicles/underwater robots) equipped with videcameras, mobile aquariums, and snorkel safari’s to enable the local community to explore the biodiversity of the underwater world in their very own backyards.

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Combining Aboriginal and Scientific Knowledge to Mitigate Global Warming

Via Sedna’s social media channels and various media coverage, we hope to give the Inuit community a platform to express their knowledge, experience, and perspectives on the changing Arctic climate.

In late July, the Sedna Epic team will travel to Iqaluit, Nunavat (Baffin Island) where we will deliver an educational ocean outreach program with the local Inuit community. The outreach program will focus on educating, inspiring, and empowering young Inuit girls to pursue careers in the sciences.

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Empowering Women and Girls

The sea women will provide mentorship to Inuit youth, introducing them to the possibility of careers in marine biology, fisheries management, seafood harvesting, ocean engineering, remotely operated vehicle pilots, marine archaeology, climate science, movie-making and photography, and as dive masters and dive instructors in the nascent dive and snorkel tourism industry in Nunavut.

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Image of Sedna by Anthony Galbraith

In Inuit mythology, Sedna is the goddess/mother of the sea and all of its creatures.

Nakurmiik! (Thank you in Inuktitut)