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A photo collection of endangered marine species and their stories, beautifully presented in a coffee-table size book.
A photo collection of endangered marine species and their stories, beautifully presented in a coffee-table size book.
52 backers pledged CA$ 6,815 to help bring this project to life.

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By backing this project for $50 CAD (+$10 CAD outside of Canada) you will receive a first edition print of “Giants of the Caribbean” hardcover, coffee table sized book (between 60-80 pages), featuring 11 chapters with Vincent's underwater photography and stories behind the unique species that he comes to meet up close.

Why this project?

Over the last 10 years I have seen the oceans change with my own eyes. Mangrove forests and coral reefs, the nurseries for most ocean life, are under heavy distress. In the last 50 years, the amount of fish in the ocean has decreased by 70 percent and larger pelagic fish (Sharks, Tuna, Rays) have decreased by more than 90 percent. Although the oceans constitute more than two thirds of our planet, only few people are aware of what is happening in the oceans. The oceans are becoming less resilient, and a tipping point of no return is imminent. If humans continue to overfish and pollute the oceans, marine species we know today will become extinct forever. Moreover, a billion people worldwide are dependent on fish as a primary source of protein. We have to urgently find solutions to save the oceans, and ourselves for that matter. 

Below, three ocean infographic gifs from the film Mission Blue:

Between 1950 and 2014, half of the coral reefs across the oceans died.
Between 1950 and 2014, half of the coral reefs across the oceans died.
Between 1950 and 2014, Pacific Bluefin Tuna, sharks, and North Atlantic Cod were all almost fished to extinction. Between 5% and 10% remain.
Between 1950 and 2014, Pacific Bluefin Tuna, sharks, and North Atlantic Cod were all almost fished to extinction. Between 5% and 10% remain.
In 1947, there was just one oil drilling site in the Gulf of Mexico. In 2014, there were more than 30,000.
In 1947, there was just one oil drilling site in the Gulf of Mexico. In 2014, there were more than 30,000.

"People protect what they love." - Jacques Yves Cousteau

The developments of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 show us once again how urgent the transition towards a sustainable society is. While from an economic perspective the oil spill has caused widespread damage, the effect on the marine species of the seas around the Gulf of Mexico and the greater Caribbean remain unknown. These species, who have lived their life in the Caribbean for thousands of years, are now under a greater threat of becoming extinct than they ever have before. It inspired me to embark on a journey and for the last 5 years I have traveled across the Caribbean to capture the beauty of these Giants with my camera and document their stories. Combining my passion for the ocean with my expertise in Sustainability, this story is about what we can do to turn the tide and how we can conserve a living ocean and planet for future generations. My mission is to make people fall in love with the oceans. 

Giants of the Caribbean

The coffee table sized book (32x24cm) features 10 'Giant' chapters with photography of the following species: Atlantic Spotted Dolphins, Caribbean Reef Sharks, Sting Rays, Whale Sharks, Manatees, Humpback Whales, Tiger Sharks, Silky Sharks, Sailfish, & Hammerhead Sharks. There will be a bonus chapter with photos of other species that I have also encountered (e.g. Sperm Whales, Leatherback Turtles, Goliath Groupers, Lemon Sharks, Bluefin Tuna). Each chapter contains multiple large size photos of Giants that I have taken during my trips over the last 5 years. 

In the book I will write about my experiences and background information about each Giant, with a sustainability theme woven throughout the storyline, that includes solutions how we can save the oceans. 

Over the next 6 months I will embark on another 4 expeditions to photograph Tiger Sharks, Hammerhead Sharks, Sailfish and Humpback Whales. Here is a small selection of some of the photos I have take so far:

Spotted Dolphins, Bahamas - August 2014
Spotted Dolphins, Bahamas - August 2014
Caribbean Reefsharks, Cuba - August 2012
Caribbean Reefsharks, Cuba - August 2012
Manta Rays, Mexico - July 2013
Manta Rays, Mexico - July 2013
Manatees, Florida - December 2011
Manatees, Florida - December 2011
Silky Sharks, Cuba - August 2012
Silky Sharks, Cuba - August 2012
Sting Rays, Cayman Islands - June 2013
Sting Rays, Cayman Islands - June 2013
Whale Sharks, Mexico - August 2013
Whale Sharks, Mexico - August 2013

Book specifications

32 x 24cm, 60-80 pages
First edition of 1000 copies

Hardback with dust jacket with 40+ full colour images

Printed on 170gm fine-art paper
 (Sustainably sourced)

Very important to me is quality and presentation of the book, and I believe I have selected the best green printer in the Netherlands for publishing this book (Printvisie in Rotterdam).

Budget

So far I have been able to fund my project through a mix of sponsorship (Accenture) grants (Limits to Earth and McKinsey&Company) and personal funding. The goal of this Kickstarter is to spread interest for the book to as many people as possible and raise at least $5.000 CAD (five thousand Canadian Dollar).

The print of the first edition (500 prints) has been secured through a sponsorship by Accenture. Printing additional books costs me approximately $15 CAD per book. 

Proceeds of this Kickstarter campaign will go towards giving back to the Limits to Earth foundations who have helped me start up this project, funding a communication campaign to share Giants of the Caribbean with the greater universe (e.g. school presentations, creating a new website and infographics) and covering some of my travel and equipment expenses. 

About Me

The ocean is my biggest passion. Since I was 18 I have been active as a scuba instructor, diving around the world. After seeing a diversity of incredible marine life, I fell in love with the Oceans and I wanted to become an underwater photographer and story teller. Over the last 10 years, I have witnessed the devastating impacts of overfishing, pollution, ocean acidification, climate change and habitat destruction on marine life. We really have to do something about this situation now, before it is forever too late. I believe that is paramount for my generation (Millennials) to recognize this and make a difference in our personal lives. 

"The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it." - Robert Swan

I have dedicated my personal and professional life to sustainability. I am currently working as a Corporate Sustainability Expert at the United Nations Global Compact in New York. Prior to this I was a Sustainability Consultant at Accenture based in Vancouver, Toronto and Amsterdam. 

I have been working on Ocean Conservation with a variety of NGOs, including WWF, Greenpeace, Sea Shepherd, the Antinea Foundation and the Charles Darwin Foundation in Galapagos. My photography has been featured in magazines and articles in The Netherlands, Canada, Poland and Australia. In June 2009 I initiated and organized Rotterdam World Ocean Day, an event with speakers from all over the world. Among the keynotes were Captain Paul WatsonDavid Doubilet and Fabien Cousteau

Giants of the Caribbean has allowed me to build some very valuable experience in underwater photography and meet great people and aspirational examples like Shawn HeinrichsMichael Patrick O'NeillDouglas Seifert and Howard Hall.

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Disclaimer - because the content of the book has not been finalized yet, the number of pages/photos in print may differ from the description above. 

Risks and challenges

There are almost no risks involved at this stage as the printing of the first edition book has already been secured through a corporate sponsorship by Accenture. There is some production work (4 expeditions) going to take place between January - March, but this should have no impact on the timely completion of the book. The remaining challenge is simply to ensure that this Kickstarter campaign succeeds.

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    Medium sized fine art print (40x60cm) on metal of a Giant of choice (Manatee, Silky Shark, Spotted Dolphins, Whale Shark, Manta Ray, Sting Ray, Sperm Whale, Sea turtle).

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    Large sized fine art print (80x120cm) on metal of a Giant of choice (Manatee, Silky Shark, Spotted Dolphins, Whale Shark, Manta Ray, Sting Ray, Sperm Whale, Sea turtle).

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    Join Vincent on a unique expedition to Trinidad & Tobago in May 2015 to photograph Leatherback turtles on the beach when they are laying their eggs and with a little bit of luck in the water as well (no guarantees). 7 day trip with 5 days out on the sea on a privately chartered boat. Includes accommodation and food & beverages. Does not include flights.

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