Silver 2019 / Science / Environment

Is This Our Future?

  • Photographer
    Gauri Chopra
  • Agency / Studio
    Fine Balance Photography
  • Prizes
    Silver in Science/Environment

"Plastic is so durable that every bit of plastic ever made still exists in our environment.” I experienced this reality at 25 meters while exploring a cargo shipwreck in the Maldivian waters, when I saw a carton of cigarettes which was intact, in its original plastic packing as though it had never been touched. After 30 years that thin plastic still remains in the depths of the ocean. Every year, billions of pounds of plastic end up in the world's oceans and I can not help but wonder what the future of our oceans would be and how they would look after years of continuous ignorance.

“Art itself is a passionate journey, hence art can create awareness and value only when it is accessible to the world”. Gauri Chopra.Born and raised in Mumbai, India, Gauri Chopra began her career in 2002, when she transformed her childhood hobby of photography into her passion. In 2010 Chopra graduated with a BA in industrial scientific photography from the prestigious Brooks Institute of photography in Santa Barbara, California. This newly acquired knowledge of scientific techniques changed Chopra’s perspective towards photography, after which she started her commercial career in New York.