I am stoked and honoured to receive the first Place award of the "Ocean Art Competition" 2016 in the conceptional Category with one of my all time favourite Turtle Shots. I want to congratulate all the other inspiring Photographers out there that have either won or tried. I am lucky to receive a trip to Sulawesi, which comes with perfect timing to get deeper into the Plastic solution around Asia Pacific.
Spending Christmas in Bali and Lombok was a start to get an idea on how big the Ocean Debris issue is in Asia Pacific. As you may have guessed .... it is huge. Together with Parley this is going to be one of our big projects for 2017 and it will be challenging.
The good news is, i could certainly see a lot of businesses, hotels, pubs and restaurants to reduce the consumption of single use plastics and come up with alternatives such as bamboo straws. I could also see a lot of signs and smart approaches to make everyone aware of the issues. We are now scanning for the best partners and will start to initiate pilot projects in Indonesia and Malaysia! I can't wait to get it started!