Finalist Conservation (Hope) Photographer of the Year
Shane Gross Saskatchewan, Canada
"Viki Kolatkova, PhD student and commercial diver with the SeaChange Society, swims off with bunches of eelgrass in preparation for planting as part of a programme to restore historical seagrass beds in the area," says Gross. "The team transports individual plants from a healthy eelgrass bed to an area that used to be healthy, but isn’t anymore due to human activity. Seagrass is important for many reasons including carbon storage and fisheries habitat."
BEHIND THE LENS
Shane Gross Canada
ABOUT THE IMAGE
- Shot on expedition
- Midday shoot
- Cool, autumn day
- Taken while scuba diving
Shane Gross is a Canadian marine conservation photojournalist and Emerging League member of the International League of Conservation Photographers. He is currently based in The Bahamas working to conserve queen conch, Nassau grouper, seagrass and mangrove habitats, among others. Shane's work has been recognised by the Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Underwater Photographer of the Year, Nature Photographer of the Year and many others. He is widely published around the world and his first book, Bahamas Underwater, is out soon.
MORE IMAGES BY Shane Gross
WildlifePhotographer of the Year
2023 Alaska, United States
Collective Portfolio Award
ConservationPhotographer of the Year
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