"Resting Before a Rising Tide" by David Doubilet
Believe it or not, the Philippines has one of the richest and most remarkable marine ecosystems on the planet. The Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park, which was declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993 and an ASEAN Heritage Park in 2015, is right in our backyard, specifically in the middle of the Sulu Sea and just 150 kilometers southeast of Puerto Princesa in Palawan. Photographs of this Philippine wonder now grace the halls of the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco in an exhibit that runs until August 31.
Tet Lara explains her experience in maritime photography
Titled Tubbataha, the Philippines' UNESCO Marine World Heritage Site, it features 24 stunning large-format photographs by Filipino maritime cinematographers Maria Teresa 'Tet' Lara and Marissa Floirendo and National Geographic husband-and-wife tandem David Doubilet and Jennifer Hayes. They're also displayed through a 360-degree virtual reality experience.
"Sunset and Staghorn Coral" by David Doubilet
Lara and Floirendo launched in November 2016 a coffee table book titled Tubbataha: A National Treasure, the first ever book to showcase the beauty of the reef. Doubilet and Hayes were part of the expedition of H.S.H. Prince Albert II to the Tubbataha in 2016. By showcasing the richness and beauty of the ocean, particularly the Tubbataha Reefs, this exhibit hopes to promote the importance of preserving the environment.
Tubbataha, the Philippines, UNESCO Marine World Heritage Site runs until August 31 at Oceanographic Museum of Monaco, Avenue Saint-Martin, Monaco.
This story originally appeared on Spot.ph.
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