While visiting Monaco during summer, you can admire the underwater beauty through a unique photo gallery. Planète Mer (Planet Sea) will be displayed until the 31st August 2023 in the Galerie des Pêcheurs in the shopping arcade below the Oceanographic Museum. The initiative, with the support from the Environment Directorate of the Government of Monaco, was unveiled in the presence of H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco on the 16th June 2023. A set of unprecedented portraits of emblematic marine species parades under the eyes of passers-by, revealing seabed wonders of marine protected areas located in the Mediterranean Sea, the Red Sea, the Azores and the Indian Ocean. Thanks to the great ability of Olivier Jude, great fan of underwater photography together with Sylvie Laurent (diver and model), the underwater life reveals as if it came out from great artist.
It is not the first time that Olivier Jude has amazed viewers' eyes with unique nature portraits. Between October and November 2020, the photo exhibit Profondeurs' set at Maison de France under the high patronage of H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco aroused great interest, sending a strong environmental message of preservation and natural environments with the help of human creativity.
Marine creatures express an extraordinary biodiversity, still largely unknown up to 91% species to be classified according to estimates by scientists. Discovering the bizarre shapes and extraordinary colours of living beings that inhabit the sea is at the same time paying tribute to Mother Nature and highlighting its powerful fragility which is inextricably linked to human eco-responsibility. Planète Mer aims at triggering a proactive reflection on how can we make a real contribution to the cause of protecting the seas. Let's stay connected to the Blue Planet considering it the Origin of Life. ***
By Maurice Abbati
Springer International Publishing