2nd Place, 'Ocean Ambassadors' by Christian Vizl
I have devoted my life to exploring and contemplating the amazing beauty of the ocean and it has been an incredible journey that has brought me a deep feeling of connection with nature, but sadly during my lifetime I have witness the ever-increasing devastation that we humans are creating on this planet. Today the world’s oceans are in grave danger. Overfishing, pollution, plastics, radiation, climate change, acidification and other human pressures threaten the fundamental nature of the ocean and its animals are being pushed to near extinction. The time to act and reverse our negative impact is now, before it’s too late and we risk losing everything. For this series I chose a few emblematic animals that inhabit the world’s oceans, because I believe they have the power to promote empathy and initiate change.