A life-long passion for scuba diving and now underwater photography has resulted in a spectacular photo book that was launched at Breakwater Café in Honiara yesterday.
Solomon Islands Under the Sea is self-published book by Joanna O’Shea and features detailed colour photos of rich marine life captured during 18 months of diving around the Solomon Islands.
Joanna, who has lived in Honiara for almost three years, says the photos were taken on dive trips in the Florida Islands, Russell Islands, Western Province and Iron Bottom Sound.
While she has dived since the age of 13, Joanna says underwater photography is a relatively new passion.
“I got my first underwater camera about 18 months ago and I haven’t looked back.”
Images in the book were selected from over 5000 photos taken in the Solomon Islands over the past 12 months and Joanna says she spent several weeks selecting the best ones for publication.
“The idea for a book came after many friends asked for copies of my dive photos.”
Inspired by Tom Perry’s book Solo, Joanna decided to self-publish Solomon Islands Under the Sea and to donate profits from book sales to a worthy cause.
She says there was a clear alignment between her love of diving and the work of The Nature Conservancy (TNC), so she decided to donate all profits from the book to support the Arnavon Community Marine Conservation Area.
TNC helped local communities create the Arnavon conservation area nearly 20 years ago and continues to support the project.
The Arnavon Islands are now known globally for their rich marine diversity and as the home to the largest rookery of critically endangered hawksbill turtles in the South Pacific.
Breakwater Café manager Zillah Douglas says her family has always had a strong connection with the ocean so supporting Joanna was an easy decision.
She says a portion of the day’s café takings will also be donated to TNC to buy turtle tags to help its conservation programme.
(Book proceeds donated to Arnavon Islands conservation area)
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