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    • I believe in pure and limitless creative power and try to avoid all stereotypes regarding what I do with my camera and with the photographs I create. The first place winner of the National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest 2015, the photograph shows divers with a humpback whale and her newborn calf while they cruise around Roca Partida in the Revillagigedo [Islands], Mexico.
    • Each and every photograph is unique, unrepeatable and endless - so should be their interpretations.
    • I am always looking for images that depict strong meanings and emotions, images that tell visual stories... stories that show the power of empathy and stories that focus the attention into places and moments which usually escape unnoticed.
    • I can't photograph the staged, the arranged, I just cant. I need reality flowing, that is my element and that is what I enjoy photographing.
    • I believe the best thing we can do as photographers is to give the world the tools to create meaning and help ourselves and others observe the different perspectives of what we usually take for granted.
    • With the underwater series, I try to drive our attention towards the beauty of our oceans, the feeling of being underwater and a sad truth usually unnoticed that needs to be transmitted and remembered.
    • We are brutally overfishing in our oceans, and our attention should be concentrated on the way we fish as well as what we eat from the ocean.
    • We see and care when a forest is gone because it is visible to everybody, but we don't see when we destroy life underwater, we don't see how nets from the tuna and shrimp industries cause damage to the sea.
    • We are not familiar with this environment because we don´t see what we destroy, so we are completely detached from the underwater reality.
    • This alienation needs to change very quickly so we can reverse this course, so our oceans can recover and become healthier.
    © Photo : Anuar Patjane
    "I believe in pure and limitless creative power and try to avoid all stereotypes regarding what I do with my camera and with the photographs I create." The first place winner of the National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest 2015, the photograph shows divers with a humpback whale and her newborn calf while they cruise around Roca Partida in the Revillagigedo [Islands], Mexico.

    National Geographic prize winning photographer and social anthropologist Anuar Patjane has always had a special affinity towards cameras. He believes every photograph is unique, unrepeatable and endless.

    National Geographic prize winning photographer and social anthropologist Anuar Patjane has always had a special affinity towards cameras. He believes every photograph is unique, unrepeatable and endless. This philosophy is reflected in the Underwater Realm collection, which draws attention to the beauty of our oceans, as well as the destruction of marine life that usually goes unnoticed.

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