San Francisco, CA - November 11, 2008 - The Coral Reef Alliance (CORAL) is celebrating the unique and mysterious beauty of coral reefs with the announcement of an underwater photography contest and a new column on www.coral.org featuring photo tips from professional underwater photographer Jeff Yonover.
In the CORAL E-Current Photo Contest, beginning and advanced photographers are invited to submit their underwater images for a chance to win a copy of Reef, a photography book featuring gorgeous coral reef images compiled by the photographers at Scubazoo. Winning photos and photographers will be spotlighted in an issue of E-Current Photo, CORAL's free electronic newsletter, as well as on www.coral.org.
The contest will run on an ongoing basis with a new winner announced every other month. CORAL staff members will choose the top three finalists and award-winning professional photographer Jeff Yonover will chose the winner. The deadline for the January 2009 contest is December 15, 2008.
In the new underwater photography column commissioned by CORAL, Jeff Yonover discusses the challenges of capturing on film (or in pixels) the mystifying undersea world. Featuring tips on getting started for beginning photographers, as well as ways to create award-winning shots for more experienced shutterbugs, each column is accented with Jeff's beautiful photographs taken in the marine protected areas around the world in which CORAL works. Jeff's first two columns, It's Not About the Camera and The Lighting Blues, are now available to read online.
According to CORAL's executive director Brian Huse, "healthy coral reefs are among the world's most spectacular and valuable natural resources. And while it's true that reefs are highly threatened across the globe, we continue to be inspired by their magnificence. Focusing on the splendor of coral reefs and the creatures that depend on them, our visual exploration of this endangered ecosystem reminds us of what's at stake."
About the Coral Reef Alliance
CORAL is the only international organization working exclusively to save coral reefs. It builds grassroots partnerships among local communities, government leaders, marine recreation operators, and marine park managers to identify and solve conservation challenges through education, training, and effective management of marine protected areas.
Photo credits: Striped Frogfish (hairy variation; Antennarius striatus), Indonesia, by Doug Richardson (top); Hard and Soft Corals, Raja Ampat, Indonesia, by Jeff Yonover (bottom).