Oceans of Life Photographic Exhibition

  • Posted: Oct 8, 2015

Raising awareness about the state of the world’s oceans

Iziko South African Museum, 13 October 2015

Iziko Museums of South Africa and BirdLife South Africa will host the photographic exhibition, Oceans of Life at the Iziko South African Museum.  The winner of the Oceans of Life photographic competition will be announced at the opening event on 12 October, which coincides with South Africa’s National Marine Week.

The exhibition, showcasing 40 of the best entries, celebrates the awe-inspiring beauty and richness of our oceans and marine biodiversity. “Photography is a powerful medium of communication. Oceans of Life aims to create awareness about the issues affecting marine life. Hosting this exhibition at the Iziko South African Museum provides a relevant platform to bring this conservation conversation to our visitors,” says Rooksana Omar, CEO of Iziko Museums of South Africa.

Oceans are essential for the survival of all life on Earth. They provide food resources and are vital for regulating the earth’s climate. They also host an astonishing diversity of life, which both supports and awes us.  “The images in this year’s exhibition show how remarkable, diverse and inspiring nature is. They also show that there is more to the ocean than meets the eye, with amazing underwater images, capturing creatures that many of us will never see,” adds Dr Ross Wanless, manager of the Seabird Conservation Programme at BirdLife South Africa.

The main prize for the competition is a trip on board the 11-day ‘Spitsbergen Odyssey’ expedition to the Arctic, sponsored by Aurora Expeditions. The winner of the “Above the Line” sub-category for the best above-the-water photograph will receive a pair of Leica Ultravid 10x42 HD-plus binoculars sponsored by Leica, in conjunction with Orms Prophoto Warehouse.

The purpose of National Marine Week is to celebrate and raise awareness of South Africa’s coastal and marine environment and promote the sustainable use and conservation of marine resources.

The Oceans of Life exhibition will open to the public from 13 October and can be viewed daily from 10h00 until 17h00.






Issued by: Lee-Shay Collison
Media Liaison Officer: Institutional Advancement, Iziko Museums of South Africa
Telephone: +27 (0) 21 481 3891                                  Facsimile: +27 (0) 21 461 9620
Cell: 073 585 9843                                                                             E-mail: lcollison@iziko.org.za
Website http://www.iziko.org.za                            


On behalf of: Office of the CEO, Iziko Museums of South Africa

For BirdLife South Africa, contact Adri Meyer on Tel: 021 419 7347 or email: seabird@birdlife.org.za and Christina Hagen via email: christina.hagen@birdlife.org.za

On behalf of: Office of the CEO, Birdlife South Africa


Notes to editor:

About Iziko Museums of South Africa (Iziko)

Iziko operates 11 national museums, the Planetarium, the Social History Centre and three collection‑specific libraries in Cape Town.  The museums that make up Iziko have their own history and character, presenting extensive art, social and natural history collections that reflect our diverse African heritage.  Iziko is a public entity and non-profit organisation that brings together these museums under a single governance and leadership structure.  The organisation allows *free access to all individuals on commemorative days, (*excluding the Castle of Good Hope and Planetarium). Visit our webpage at www.iziko.org.za, join our online community on Facebook (www.facebook.com/IzikoMuseums) or follow us on Twitter (@Iziko_Museums) for regular updates on events, news and new exhibitions.


About BirdLife South Africa

The mission of BirdLife South Africa is to promote the enjoyment, conservation, study and understanding of wild birds and their habitats. Seabirds are one of the most threatened groups of birds in the world - almost one third of all seabird species are threatened with some extinction risk. BirdLife South Africa’s Seabird Conservation Programme is at the forefront of seabird conservation, nationally and globally. The acclaimed Albatross Task Force successfully works to reduce seabird mortality in fishing operations. The programme also runs significant African Penguin conservation projects, working to save this iconic species. BirdLife South Africa also has a strong presence globally through Regional Fisheries Management bodies, working to save seabirds around the world. More information regarding Oceans of Life can be found on the event’s website: http://www.oceansoflife.co.za/as well as BirdLife South Africa’s website: http://www.birdlife.org.za/events/oceans-of-life-festival

BirdLife South Africa contact details: Isdell House, 17 Hume Road, Dunkeld West, 2196, Private Bag X5000, Parklands, Johannesburg, South Africa, Tel. +27-11-7891122, Fax +27-11-7895188, e-mail address: info@birdlife.org.za, website: www.birdlife.org.za

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