November 09, 2006 - Dec. 2006 - Marine Photobank Bulletin Vol. 2, No. 3 (^top)
December 2006, Vol. 2, No. 3
In this issue:
Support the Marine Photobank With An End of Year Contribution
As 2006 comes to a close, we look back on a year of unprecedented growth. We've collected hundreds of new images from across the planet, recruited dozens of new photographers, accepted hundreds of new members worldwide and produced engaging Photo Stories that highlight pressing issues facing our ocean. We’ve also seen increased requests and use of imagery through our media member program. As a result, Marine Photobank images have appeared in news stories by BBC, MSNBC, Environmental News Service, Scientific American, The Telegraph - Calcutta, The Star, Malaysia, National Geographic and others.
Please consider an end of year donation to help ensure that this free resource continues to provide an invaluable service to you and the public. Your financial contribution will further the efforts of the Marine Photobank to collect powerful ocean imagery, produce educational materials and provide these visuals to you and a worldwide network of researchers, educators, conservationists, agency staff, media and the public. We are a registered non-profit organization and your donation is tax deductible. Please donate now to support the Marine Photobank's efforts to advance ocean conservation through imagery.
Alternatively, this holiday season, SeaWeb’s Marine Photobank is partnering with two commercial enterprises to help you purchase gifts that give back to the ocean. You can support the Marine Photobank by purchasing Festive Wild Salmon Gift Baskets or Books From Our Amazon Bookstore.
We wish you a happy and healthy holiday season,
The Marine Photobank
Featured Photographer: Steve Spring, Florida's Reefs in Jeopardy
Steve is the Marine Photobank's most popular amateur photographer. His photos of sewage outfall pollution, poorly planned beach 'replenishment' and marine trash are very striking.
The sewage outfall images are by far his most popular on the Marine Photobank. Steve shot these photos while on an underwater expedition to examine the outfall's impacts on the nearby reef ecosystem. “I take some really pretty photos when I’m not swimming in sewage! But I wasn’t trying to make a pretty picture…” said Spring. “I was trying to get as accurate a photograph as I could about what is really happening. And apparently it made an impact, because people are downloading it!”
More about Steve Spring >
Steve Spring's photos >
Photo Story: Tangled Catch - The Threat of Lay Gill Nets
The Marine Photobank's Photo Stories are designed to enrich the knowledge of educators, scientists, conservationists, journalists and the public. They highlight ocean systems and pressing environmental issues while providing background information and links to additional resources. All Photo Stories are downloadable and free to use.
Our most recent Photo Story sheds light on the Impact of Lay Gill Nets on the endangered Hawaiian monk seal and countless other non-targeted species that live in the nearshore waters of the Hawaiian Islands. It highlights an endangered monk seal pup that was the first born on Oahu, Hawaii in eight years. Sadly the pup drowned in a lay gill net left unattended for several days. Local scientists and concerned citizens are working to ban this destructive fishing method. Read Story >
Welome Kathleen Reaugh: New Program Coordinator for the Marine Photobank
We very pleased to welcome Kathleen Reaugh, the Marine Photobank's newest hire. As our Program Coordinator, Kathleen will be helping to implement a campaign to develop materials for media outlets and further the use of ocean conservation focused imagery by the media. She will also be working on the MPB's campaigns to recruit imagery and support you and our network of MPB photographers and download users. Over the next year, she will also be playing a key role in another SeaWeb project focused on ecosystem based management communications.
Kathleen brings a wealth of experience and just received her Ph.D. in Marine Biology from the University of Cape Town, South Africa this month. She is a world traveler spending a cumulative nine years of her life in Africa. She has worked as an Inland Aquaculture Extension Agent in Cameroon through the Peace Corps, a Fishery Observer in Newfoundland and a Turtle Monitor Trainer in South Africa. She brings us a great background in photography, ecology, ecosystems and community outreach and has presented her research and various other subjects with enriching imagery at conferences and community forums. She also brings outstanding communications skills needed to work with the various partners, NGO's, photographers and others with whom we collaborate. Welcome Kathleen! Read her bio >
Recent Photos Added to Our Collection
Kieran Kelleher – Images of fishing methods, fish processing and community typhoon preparadeness excercises in the Kakinada district of Andrea Pradesh, India. K. Kelleher's Photos.
Ziggy Livnat – Images of tourists unknowingly disturbing coral reefs in Hawaii by standing on the reef, touching corals, feeding fish, and harassing sea turtles. Z. Livnat's Photos.
Steve Spring – In addition to his series of images of a sewage outfall, Steve has contributed images of debris removal from the sea floor and a poorly planned beach "replenishment" project. S. Spring's Photos.
Reuven Walder – The Marine Photobank's Director has contributed from his collection. Images inlcude an endangered coho salmon population, a ship that ran aground, an olive ridley sea turtle 2,000 miles out of its known range and others. R. Walder's Photos.
Kathleen Reaugh – The Marine Photobank's newest staff member contributes images that highlight her five years of research in South Africa. Kathleen recently completed her PhD in marine biology at the University of Cape Town. K. Reaugh's Photos.
Valerie Craig - Images of the fisheries from the famed town of Hastings Stade, UK. Two of the Hastings Stade fisheries were certified as sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council in 2005. Valerie is a Senior Project Manager for SeaWeb's Seafood Choices Alliance. V. Craig's Photos.
Craig Quirolo – Images of coral bleaching and disease that highlight this important marine conservation issue. Craig has been documenting the decline of south Florida's coral reefs with photos and video for over 20 years. C. Quirolo's Photos.
Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies – Images from the Australian Research Council highlight several artesanal fishing methods, the live fish trade, the importance of marine reserves and cutting edge research that addresses pressing ocean conservation issues. ARC's Photos.
Tell us Your Story, Take Pictures or Contribute From Your Collection!
We need your images more than ever to highlight our ocean's difficult challenges and opportunities ahead. See below for a brief summary of the image types most wanted by our members. Also visit our comprehensive online Photo Wish List.
- Fishing Methods: gill nets, bottom trawling, purse seines, ‘ghost fishing’ gear and others.
- Marine Pollution: discarded debris, illegal discharges, oil spills and their impacts.
- Marine Species of Concern: sharks, sea turtles, whales, corals, polar bears and others.
- Climate Change: polar melting, glaciers, impacts associated with sea level rise.
- Fishery Bycatch: onboard vessels, problematic fishing gear types, related issues.
- Coastal Development: over-development, poor land use planning, other impacts.
- Then-and-Now Comparisons: compelling images that contrast the shifting changes of marine systems through time.
Marine Photobank Statistics (Fall 2007)
Most Visited Galleries:
1. Marine Pollution and Trash
2. Fishing Methods
3. Marine Species of Concern
Most Downloaded Photos:
1. “Finned shark in Pacific” (W. Henry)
2. “Grey Whale entangled in net” (B. Talbot)
3. “Sea lion w/gillnet on neck” (B. Talbot)
4. “Sea Turtle entangled in net 3” (NOAA/NMFS)
5. “Delrey Beach sewage outfall” (S. Spring)
6. “Shrimp and bycatch” (E. Norse)
7. “Coral Bleach Time Series” (C. Quirolo)
Join the Marine Photobank - Membership & Non-Commercial Use is Free.
If you haven't yet joined the Marine Photobank, we encourage you to do so. Our members include research institutions, universities, schools, agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGO’s), media and the public. Members utilize these images for a broad array of non-commerical, conservation focused projects. Membership and non-commercial use of images is free.
Simply apply for a membership and agree to the usage terms.
Photos are also available to journalists, reporters and media outlets under special media usage terms.
Visit www.marinephotobank.org to learn more.
Have a great 2007!
May 25, 2006 - Marine Photobank Bulletin, May 2006 (^top)
May 2006, Vol. 2, No.2
• Feature Highlight: 'My New Photo Alerts'
• New Images
• Works Produced
• Contribute Your Photos
• Link Exchange
We thank you for being an important part of the Marine Photobank. Our job is to help photographers provide powerful ocean imagery to individuals who are highlighting pressing ocean conservation issues for non-commercial educational, research, conservation and media efforts.
Our image library and membership are growing rapidly. Below is an update of recent image uploads and other important information.
Feature Highlight: 'My New Photo Alerts'
This new service allows you to easily view new image uploads to galleries of interest. Login and go to My New Photo Alerts to find out more.
Check out a selection of images recently uploaded.
Deep sea coral habitat – Images of species associated with deep sea coral habitat and damage by fishing gear. Taken 500-2,500 feet below the surface from Dr. Sandra Brooke and Dr. Robert Stone.
Sewage outfall - Powerful new underwater images of a nearshore sewage outfall. From Steve Spring of Palm Beach County Reef Rescue.
Artisinal fishers – Images of small-scale fishermen using throw nets and other gear. From the staff of the Mangrove Action Project.
Aquaculture – Images of an abalone farm in the U.S. and a Sturgeon Farm in France. From Brad Buckley of U.S. abalone and Dawn Martin and Shannon Crownover of SeaWeb.
Oil Tanker Adrift - Images of an oil tanker that broke free from its moorings in Cook Inlet, Alaska. From Bob Shavelson of Cook Inlet Keeper.
How have you used Marine Photobank images lately? Any good stories? Successes in your efforts? Email us.
Check out the Works Produced page to see how some of our images have been used.
Send us your Works Produced and we’ll post with your weblink!
Contribute Your Photos:
With a myriad of pressing ocean issues in the headlines, we welcome imagery that will help to visually convey the depth of these issues. Contribute your photos. Check out the Photo Wishlist to view recent image requests.
In effort to further the network of ocean conservation imagery and photographers, we encourage you to post our link (www.marinephotobank.org) on your website. Send us your link and we will do the same!
We are available to help you find the compelling ocean images you need. Feel free to contact us.
Thanks again for being an important part of this effort.
For the ocean,
The Marine Photobank Team.
March 03, 2006 - Marine Photobank Bulletin Vol. 2, No. 1 (^top)
March 2006, Vol. 2, No.1
New Website and Database Launched!
We are pleased to announce that we have completely overhauled the Marine Photobank to better enable our members to download and upload images that highlight pressing ocean issues. Our galleries now house nearly 1000 images from over 40 photographers. Visit the new website at www.marinephotobank.org and please send us your feedback.
Tell a friend. Pass along the good news. As always, images are available at no cost for non-commercial use with a free membership. In addition, media are invited to use images under special terms.
New and Improved Features - Check out what we've added and updated............
Diverse Galleries - Eighteen galleries covering a wide array of subjects including fishing methods, fishery bycatch, marine pollution and trash, farmed salmon/aquaculture and climate change/sea level rise.
Photo Stories - Learn more about pressing ocean issues with these photo stories. You are welcome to download and print them for educational uses. Stay posted for more.
My New Photo Alerts - This feature enables you to receive automatic alerts of new images uploaded to the Marine Photobank. Login to use this feature.
Photo Wish List - A bulletin board that enables you to request specific photos or peruse the list to see if you have a photo that someone else needs.
Contribute Photos - Now is your chance to further the public's understanding of the ocean ecosystem. Uploading your under water and above water photos is fast and easy.
Photographer Profiles - Meet some of the people behind the photos.
Works Produced - See examples of how Marine Photobank images have been used by members. Send us your completed works and we'll post them as well.
New Usage Terms - Please Review
Usage Terms - We simplified the usage terms. Please review and let us know if have any questions or concerns.
Thanks for your being a part of this important collaboration!
Remember to tell us what you think of the new site. Send us your feedback.
Feel free to contact us with any questions.
SeaWeb’s Marine Photobank aims to advance ocean conservation by providing compelling, high-quality marine photos, images and graphics at no cost for non-commercial use as well as for media use. The Marine Photobank aims to literally shed light through photos on pressing marine issues and human-related impacts on the ocean ecosystem.