March 2009 E-Current
|In this Issue: Coral Smuggler Caught • It's a Wonderful, Wide World|
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The first day of spring is just a couple of weeks away, which means it's time to announce the winner of our March E-Current Photo Contest. Congratulations to Lucy Wu of Las Vegas, NV. Her image of a wire coral shrimp (Pontonides uncigar) taken in Indonesia's Komodo National Park is a magical reminder of the rich beauty that exists on our planet's coral reefs. Lucy's photo is now available to download as desktop wallpaper at www.coral.org/wallpaper.
In recognition of Lucy's abilities with an underwater camera, CORAL will be sending her a copy of Reef, a gorgeous photography book with accompanying DVD that features stunning coral reef images. To win your own copy of Reef, enter your best underwater photo in CORAL's E-Current Photo Contest; the next deadline is April 15, 2009.
If you need some tips for creating incredible underwater photographs, columnist Jeff Yonover shares his secrets for working with wide-angle lenses in his newest installment: It's a Wonderful, Wide World. And score one for coral reefs: Last month, a German man was arrested and charged for smuggling 40 tons of endangered stony corals into the United States. We agree that corals are beautiful, but they belong in our oceans—not on the black market.
As the days get longer and the weather starts to warm up, I hope you get a chance to spend some time outdoors. Even though we don't have coral reefs in San Francisco, any foray into nature reminds me of the importance of protecting our precious and fragile planet. That’s what inspires me to continue our fight to save coral reefs. Happy Spring!
* Photo Credits and Notes:
Banner Photo: Bunaken, Indonesia
Photographer: Steve Turek
Left Side Photo: Mooring-buoy installation, Hol Chan Marine Reserve, Ambergris Caye, Belize
Photographer: CORAL Staff
Photo Contest Winner: Wire coral shrimp (Pontonides uncigar), Komodo National Park, Indonesia
Photographer: Lucy Wu