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Preventing water crises

Breath-taking photos of the tiny denizens of the sea

The Japanese photographer Ryo Minemizu chose a special theme and genre for his images: he takes underwater photographs of the smallest creatures of the seas. He has been recording the mysterious and astonishingly spectacular micro world of plankton for 20 years.

Minemizu dives in the Osezaki Sea in the shadow of Mount Fuji and off the Okinawa coast to discover and record the diverse world of microscopic organisms. He spends up to 8 hours a day in water to take his amazing photos of the miniature creatures whose size ranges between 2 and 40 mm. The photographer has developed a special technique he calls Black Water Dive: he dives at night, and uses special underwater lighting to lure the plankton out.

“Plankton are intriguing and beautiful creatures. They symbolise how precious life is by their tiny existence,” said the photographer. “I wanted other people
to see them as they are in the sea – this was my motivation for beginning to shoot plankton underwater, which is quite a challenge. Most plankton are so small and their movements are hard
to predict. I have devoted my past 20 years to presenting their tiny figures, colors, and textures
to capture their vivid beauty.”

Minemizu’s photos are filled with detail. The plankton are so complex that it is difficult to believe how small they actually are: they are almost invisible, and yet they are vitally important elements of the food chain.

For many years, the photographer focused on the scientific community, but in 2018 he presented his brilliant photos to a wider audience. His exhibition Jewels in the Night Sea toured the cities of Japan.

Photos: ryo-minemizu.com
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Waves caught on camera

Australian photographer Matt Burgess spends hours in the salty sea to capture the diverse forms and textures of waves and to grasp the capricious moods of the ocean. He documents the hypnotic moments when waves reach their crests, or when they curl around as they hit the shallow seabed by the shore.

The ocean explored on a single breath of air

World champion freediver Guillaume Néry has produced a short film entitled One Breath Around the World, in which he presents the astonishing world hidden deep in the oceans on a single breath.

The Hungarian Post greets the Budapest Water Summit 2019 with stamp-release

The unique stamp issued on the occasion of the Budapest Water Summit 2019, have been released by Mr János Áder, President of Hungary and Mr György Schamschula, CEO of Magyar Posta Zrt. (Hungarian Post) on Monday, October 7th, at the Sándor Palace in Budapest.

Underwater dance to protect the oceans

It is no accident that Christine Ren decided to call herself The Underwater Woman: she combines her passion for dancing with ocean conservation, so she poses her dance moves under the surface for breathtaking photos such as the pieces in the series Protect What’s Precious, which protests trawling.

Spectacular works of art made of thousands of sea shells

British multimedia artist Rowan Mersh finds inspiration in nature. He uses thousands of shells to create his mesmerizing contemporary sculptures. His experimental approach inspires him to turn everyday objects into works of art, with particular attention to the harmony of shape, colour and geometry.

The calm beauty of the infinite ocean in paintings

The ethereal paintings of Bree Brooks celebrate the calm, peaceful aspect, the unearthly beauty of the ocean. The canvas paintings show large bodies of water from a bird’s eye perspective, interrupted by the coastline or boats swaying in the ocean.

The world through the eyes of a sea captain

Zay Yar Lin, a sea captain from Myanmar, doesn’t only capture the everyday life of seafarers – their struggle with the seas and the excitement of reaching shore – but also fishermen, sailors and the busy world of harbours, as well. In his photos, he places the emphasis on lighting, composition, the interplay of colours and unusual perspectives. His shots are abstract, still they also communicate stories about everyday people.

Water magic hidden in rings

The spellbinding rings produced by a Vancouver-based studio, Secret Wood, showcase Canada’s natural wonders. In addition to the country’s rugged mountains, luxurious emerald forests and wonderful northern lights, the design studio has also been inspired by majestic waterfalls.

An ice cavern under a melting glacier

The Aletsch Glacier, whose source is at an elevation over 4000 metres in the Bernese Alps, is Europe’s longest and largest volume glacier, which is visible from space. At present, its area covered with ice all year is 28.6 square kilometres, but it is getting smaller.

On the trail of turquoise ice

In her series entitled Blue Ice, photographer Julieanna Kost has captured the strikingly beautiful blue and turquoise colours and gradations of the glaciers and icebergs of Antarctica. She embarked on her Antarctic expedition on a small motor boat to record the ice landscapes using digital technology.