“InIndonesia’s Global Treasures”
by Michael AW scores the PALME D'OR - Book of Festival at the
39th F.M.I.S.M: World-Underwater Pictures Festival Marseille
Foreword by David Doubilet
Michael AW’s ‘Indonesia’s Global Treasures’ wins the International Prize for Best Book of the Year at the World Underwater Pictures Festival (Festival Mondial de l'Image Sous Marine). This artistic book of the sea category yielded entries from a host of international authors and photographers including books published by media powerhouses from UK, Germany, Singapore, USA and France, but it is “Global Treasures” that received the Palme d'Or (Gold) award at the gala award ceremony of the world’s most prestigious underwater imagery festival of the ocean on 3rd November 2012 at Parc Chanot, Marseilles. Michael is the first author/underwater photographer to have won this prestigious award twice; the first was for “Heart of the Ocean” in 2009.
‘Indonesia’s Global Treasures’ took 12 expeditions to complete; to date this is Singaporian born, Michael AW’s most inspiring book - his 29th sole authored book of the sea. Enchanted by the richness of the centre of the Coral Triangle Michael captured the very essence and opulence of the global centre of marine protected areas in the most fascinating details ever published in one exquisite volume. Indonesia’s Global Treasures is the first book to reveal the immense beauty of seven underwater wonders of our world found in the Indonesian Archipelago.
Marine scientists of many disciplines have affirmed over and over again, that Indonesia is endowed with the greatest highest diversity of iridescent corals, fishes, crustaceans, molluscs and marine plant species. This is the Coral Triangle. This is the heartland, the bull’s eye of the world’s richest reefs. Indonesia’s Global Treasures showcases these jewels of amazing biodiversity, revealing unique, important creatures that live there and emphasizes the importance of protecting these natural treasures.
Michael AW, a Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographer stylishly brings together a repertoire of images that vigorously exposes the extra-terrestrial beauty of our underwater heritage in extraordinary perspective. Many of these pictures are award winners and many have been selected for archival fine art collections and limited edition reproductions. His imagery celebrates the marine richness and diversity of Indonesia. While some of them are endemic, some are rare elsewhere but found in abundance in Indonesia. The production revealed lavish properties that are unrivalled in our terrestrial world. Updown Court of London or Bridgehampton of New York pale in comparison. Michael affectionately calls these places Global Treasures. This award winning book aims to foster greater awareness and appreciation of our oceans as well as inspire the preservation and protection of our natural treasures for our children. Flip through the pages and immerse yourself in magical places that astonish and amaze.
“Indonesia’s Global Treasures” also serves as a global warning; our ocean’s treasures are severely threatened by human-induced climate change, over-fishing and pollution. If these continue unabated, coral reefs will be destroyed; animals will become extinct, ocean services on which we all depend to survive will be colossally diminished. We are at the defining moment…” said Michael AW.
Indonesia’s Global Treasure is a high-quality 180-page fine art production using the latest six-colour printing technology, printed on acid-free matt art paper in a generous case bound 280cm x 260cm book. Retail price is AUD 80 plus postage. Part proceeds from this book will go to the Ocean Geographic SOS (Save Our Sea) Fund.
About the World Underwater Pictures Festival - Marseilles
2012 is the 39 years of the festival, the underwater imagery equivalent of Cannes Film Festival; since inception in 1973, the festival was staged for 35 years in Antibes, Nice but Marseilles successfully bit for the right to stage the event from 2009. Many of the world’s most celebrated documentaries from National Geographic, NHK, Australian ABC and BBC are pass winners including “Blue Planet”, Ocean, Planet Earth, Shallow Sea, and including BBC’s production, ‘The Changing Tide” won the prestigious Palme d'Or for feature documentary. Past international luminaries at the festival includes Jacques Yves Cousteau, Hans Hass, David Doubilet, Sylvie Earle, Phil Nuytten, Valerie Taylor to name but a few.
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