Marine biologist and nature photographer Alex Kydd has a mission – to show Australians just how beautiful nature can be, in the hope they’ll step up their conservation efforts.
“There are a lot of environments that are under major threats at the moment,” he says. “It is my goal to connect people with nature. People will protect what they love.”
Alex, who hails from Williamstown, has worked in the Southern Great Barrier Reef at Lady Elliot Island and Heron Island. Currently, he is based at Ningaloo Reef in Western Australia where he works daily with manta rays and sharks.
A self-taught photographer, Alex hopes his pictures inspire people to be more aware of the way their actions impact Australia’s marine environments.
“Conservation is important so that future generations can experience nature. With so much added pressure from humans, we may lose these beautiful ecosystems,” he says.
Turtles are one species which are gravely endangered by human impact along the Great Barrier Reef and other reefs around Australia.
“Simple choices like purchasing sustainable seafood, reducing the use of plastics and recycling effectively can help to sustain the survival of turtle populations,” Alex says.
1. Fish are friends, not food
2. Oh sharks!
3. Catching some rays
4. Homeward bound
6. Hump day
7. Quite the handful
8. Whale of a time
9. Fever dreams