Documenting Danajon Bank, the cradle of life for the Pacific Ocean

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credit: Luciano Candisani/ iLCP

A photo is worth a thousand words, at minimum. That is why conservationists have used the power of the camera for decades to show people around the world the beauty of our natural world and the threats it faces. The International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP) is a group that helps bring highly skilled photographers together with important conservation projects. This gallery of images showcases the projects that can be documented and assisted by powerful images.

iLCP teamed up with Project Seahorse and sent four photographers to document the Danajon Bank, including Claudio Contreras-Koob, Thomas Peschak, Luciano Candisani, and Michael Ready. Their purpose was to document Danajon Bank, located in the central Visayas region of the Philippines.

Danajon Bank is considered the point of origin in the evolutionary history of many species found throughout the Pacific ocean, and is still one of the richest areas of marine biodiversity in the world. But, like so many other vital marine systems, it faces the threats of human destruction. Click through to see the incredible beauty of this place, and learn more about efforts to keep it safe.

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