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Underwater photos call for marine protection

  
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Underwater photos call for marine protection

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Demae Itcho, shot at Raja Ampat in Indonisia in 2017 [Photo by Yue Hongjun/cpanet.org.cn]

The underwater photography exhibition titled "Chasing Dreams in Dark Blue" is currently taking place at the National Art Museum of China in Beijing and will run through Aug 15.

The exhibition marks the museum's first-ever marine underwater photography display, featuring a collection of 60 captivating pieces by Yue Hongjun, a winner of the Golden Statue Award for China Photography, the highest award for photographers in the country.

The showcased photos vividly capture the vibrancy of marine species and convey the ecological concept of protecting the ocean.

As an entrepreneur, Yue is deeply passionate about both the ocean and photography. His commitment extends beyond business, as he actively engages in public welfare undertakings. He has chosen photography as a powerful medium to call for more people to safeguard the ocean and its marine inhabitants. Over the course of a decade, he has undertaken over 700 dives, spanning regions from South America to North America and from the Pacific Ocean to the Indian Ocean, all to capture the mesmerizing underwater scenes.

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Keep in Step , shot at Raja Ampat in Indonisia in 2017 [Photo by Yue Hongjun/cpanet.org.cn]

The 60 exhibited works are the results of his unwavering dedication, captured under challenging conditions that demanded considerable effort.

One remarkable achievement of his is the pioneering depiction of the iconic flying image of Dunhuang in China at a depth of 30 meters within a South American underwater cave.

He is also the first photographer to have achieved China's Golden Statue Award as well as the fellowship of The Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain for his marine-themed photographs.

During his photographic journeys, Yue has witnessed the gradual bleaching of coral reefs, which serve as the cornerstone of the entire ecological chain.

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Traversing , shot at Moalboal in Philippines in 2016 [Photo by Yue Hongjun/cpanet.org.cn]

"The ocean holds sway over the past, present and future of human beings. Unfortunately, the majority of people possess limited or one-sided knowledge about the ocean. Human activities, driven by greed, have often treated the ocean as a dumping ground, causing marine species to face an unprecedented threat of extinction at an alarming pace", Yue said.

"For every additional underwater photographer, we gain an additional advocate for marine conservation."

Yue aspires to unveil the captivating beauty of the underwater world, highlighting the harmonious relationship between humanity and marine life through his lens. By doing so, he aims to underscore the global significance of marine protection and its vital role in maintaining the health of our planet.

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Fusion , shot at Moalboal in Philippines in 2016 [Photo by Yue Hongjun/cpanet.org.cn]

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The photo shows a Dunhuang dance in a deep sea cave. [Photo by Yue Hongjun/cpanet.org.cn]

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The photo shows a Dunhuang dance in deep sea water. [Photo by Yue Hongjun/cpanet.org.cn]

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The photo shows a Dunhuang dance in deep sea water. [Photo by Yue Hongjun/cpanet.org.cn]

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The photo shows a Dunhuang dance in a deep sea cave. [Photo by Yue Hongjun/cpanet.org.cn]

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The photo shows a girl and a nearby crocodile in deep water. [Photo by Yue Hongjun/cpanet.org.cn]

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Fairy Coming Down to Earth  [Photo by Yue Hongjun/cpanet.org.cn]

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The photo shows coral in deep water. [Photo by Yue Hongjun/cpanet.org.cn]

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Dream of Deep Blue , shot at Derawan in Indonesia in 2014 [Photo by Yue Hongjun/cpanet.org.cn]

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The photo taken at surrounding sea area of Dapeng Peninsula in Shenzhen shows the spectacular scene of corals laying eggs. [Photo by Yue Hongjun/cpanet.org.cn]

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Son of Loving Heart,  shot at Anilao in Philippines in 2016 [Photo by Yue Hongjun/cpanet.org.cn]

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Mystic Eye , shot at surrounding sea area of Dapeng Peninsula in Shenzhen in 2021 [Photo by Yue Hongjun/cpanet.org.cn]

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Going to School with Pack on Back , shot at Lembeh Strait in Philippines in 2016 [Photo by Yue Hongjun/cpanet.org.cn]

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Love at Top , shot in Tonga in 2022 [Photo by Yue Hongjun/cpanet.org.cn]

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Photographer Yue Hongjun in a diving suit [Photo by Yue Hongjun/cpanet.org.cn]


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Buzz of the Orient
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1  seeder  Buzz of the Orient    9 months ago

Absolutely magnificent photographs.  The photographer certainly deserves the top photographer award he received.  The only time in my life that I had the opportunity to photograph tropical fish in their habitat was when I was snorkeling in a small lagoon at the end of a beach on the Hawaiian island of Kauai more than half a century ago, but I have never had the equipment nor the skills to do so.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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2  Vic Eldred    9 months ago

Great photos.

The oceans can be saved. The cost is minor. That is where nations can easily agree.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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3  seeder  Buzz of the Orient    9 months ago

Well, my question is what problem is Japan going to cause to the Pacific?  I wonder if down the road we could expect another Godzilla to be mutated from the radioactivity, but then I'm always thinking about the movies.

 
 
 
shona1
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3.1  shona1  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @3    9 months ago

Arvo.. probably no more than the French at Mururoa  Atoll..

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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3.1.1  seeder  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  shona1 @3.1    9 months ago

Actually, what just came to my mind is that in the movie The Mask of Zorro, Antonio Banderas as Zorro took a drink of water from a jar that contained his character's brother's head.  It also brought to mind another movie - Erin Brokovich, in which there was a big class action about the contamination of water by PG&E.  In that movie the PG&E negotiators sat down with Erin and her lawyer boss, and one of the negotiators picked up a glass of water to drink it, and Erin said that water was from the town source they're suing over, and the negotiator put the glass down without drinking it.  Since there is so much controversy over whether or not the contaminated water is being released, why don't those who support the release saying the radioactivity of it is harmless go public with drinking a glass of it?

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
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4  A. Macarthur    9 months ago

Will post a link to this momentarily … IT'S A MUST SEE!

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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4.1  seeder  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  A. Macarthur @4    9 months ago

Thank you.  I thought so as well. 

 
 
 
Gsquared
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5  Gsquared    9 months ago

Terrific images.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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5.1  seeder  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Gsquared @5    9 months ago

Absolutely.

 
 

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