Thursday 22 October, 2020

Online Photography Auction to benefit Cayman's reefs

One of the images on auction: Silver Curtain by Chris Alpers

One of the images on auction: Silver Curtain by Chris Alpers

As part of World Oceans Day celebrations in 2020, the Central Caribbean Marine Institute (CCMI) has worked collaboratively with 10 photographers to curate a virtual gallery of underwater photos. This exhibit, which was launched online earlier in June, aims to inspire others to appreciate the beauty of the ecosystems and marine life found in the oceans.

All photos from the virtual exhibit are also available for bidding in a special online charity auction that benefits CCMI in support of their coral reef research and restoration programmes.

‘Attendees’ are invited to ‘stroll’ through the gallery and enjoy the variety of underwater imagery that includes beautiful coral reef seascapes, fishes, invertebrates, kelp forests, sharks and even marine mammals such as harp seals and manatees. The exhibit is on CCMI’s website: https://reefresearch.org/wod-exhibit/

Participating photographers, which include Ellen Cuylaerts, Cathy Church, Julie Corsetti, Amanda Nicholls, and many more, donated the images for inclusion in the exhibit and auction as a way to support CCMI for World Oceans Day.

The auction is open to bidders in the UK, US and Cayman. All bidding takes place in US dollars, and the price paid includes the printing. (Photos purchased in the US or UK will be printed in the country where purchased and shipped to the winning bidder.) If someone would like a specific image from the auction in a different size or medium, they can contact CCMI to inquire about purchase (info@reefresearch.org). View and bid on photos here: https://one.bidpal.net/wod2020/welcome

The auction will close at 1 pm Cayman time (UTC -5) on Sunday, June 21. All auction proceeds will support CCMI’s work for coral reef resilience, as we continue to discover which corals are resilient and can adapt to changing climate. CCMI continues to remain focused on this effort, which remains extremely important to the future health of our oceans. For more information about CCMI, please visit reefresearch.org.

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