During April and May 2016, we are hosting “Cape Town’s Underwater Wilderness”, an underwater photography exhibition featuring spectacular images, by nine of South Africa’s top photographers, dedicated to the marine world found off the coast of the Western Cape. Eighty of the photos will be sold at R1 000 each and each photographer’s top photo will be offered up on auction. All funds raised will be donated to Shark Spotters and will be used for a shark research project.

Graham Fenwick

Graham Fenwick is an underwater photographer from Cape Town.

Why do you take underwater photographs?

As a natural extension of my freediving, underwater photography seamlessly blends a deep love of the ocean with my need to express myself creatively.

What makes Cape Town special in terms of underwater photography?

The oceans around Cape Town provide the underwater photographer with a vibrant mix of ecosystems, which follow the seasons. Just a short drive in almost any direction and a diver can step off the rocks into a very different and largely unexplored wilderness.

What role can photography play in ocean conservation?

Humans are drawn to that which we find aesthetically pleasing.

“A good photograph can invoke a real sense of deep connectivity with the subject; it’s a subconscious tether that binds us to the oceans and drives our actions. ”

Ultimately, our current models of conservation are failing and it will only be through a fundamental shift in this consciousness that we will turn the tide against this planet’s destruction.

Be sure to check out Graham's photography, along with the work of eight other photographers when you visit the Aquarium in April and May.

The exhibition is co-sponsored by Orms Print Room & Framing, Nauticam and Dive Action.

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