Bronze 2019 / Nature / Underwater

Hope Spots

  • Photographer
    Samantha Schwann
  • Agency / Studio
    Samantha Schwann
  • Prizes
    Bronze in Nature/Underwater

These images form a portion of a long term photographic project documenting Hope Spots, which are ecologically unique areas of the ocean critical to the health of the planet. Included images were photographed in the Revillagigedo Archipelago and Sea of Cortez Hope Spots. They are important breeding, feeding, and migratory locations for a diverse amount of at risk wildlife, including the Mako shark and oceanic Manta Ray. Through establishment of marine protected areas, the locations have seen a recuperation of wildlife and increased fishing yields just outside park borders.

Interested in images with a somewhat minimalistic view, Samantha Schwann’s work typically includes elements of imperfection or transience. She is inspired by photographers who have blended art and conservation, as a thoughtful approach to an increasingly important global conversation.