Coral reefs are among the most bio-diverse ecosystems on the planet. They support one quarter of all marine species while covering only a mere 0.1 per cent of the ocean. Occurring in over 100 countries, (more than 80 developing countries), they sustain human society through a range of many ecosystem services: from livelihoods and food security to revenue from tourism and protection from extreme weather events. Despite their importance, coral reefs are rapidly degrading.
Over the years I have been very fortunate to witness such beauty under the surface. However, I have also witnessed the degradation and destruction that these animals are experiencing. I hope, using my photographs to showcase their delicate structural beauty, I can highlight the importance of these animals. I also hope to remind you of the responsibility we have, in our daily lives, to help protect marine ecosystems.