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Heart of the Ocean: Philippines - Limited Edition

Michael AW
Foreword by President Gloria Macapgal Arroyo
Winner PALME D’OR – Book of Festival at the 38th F.M.I.S.M: World-Underwater Pictures Festival Marseille  

Philippines – ‘The Heart of the Ocean is one of the finest book of the ocean; the first in the world to illustrate and celebrate the richness of life in both shallow and deep water of the South East Asia Seas. In Its true intend, the volume evolved as an accolade for the Earth richest marine biodiversity province. This high quality 7 colour production pictorial almanac encapsulates the richness and beauty of what lies beneath the heart of the Philippine Sea into one exquisite volume; it is designed to raise the standard for all books of the sea, a hallmark for underwater imageries production. Celebrating the arts of nature and the wonders of biological science this production reveal the usual suspects of coral reefs, the pelagic zone, inshore and fringing reefs, and the oceanic atolls and well as several deep sea critters from the heart of the tropical ocean seen for the very first time.

‘Philippines – Heart of the Ocean’ is a superb production printed on 180gsm fine art paper using six-colour printing technology by ColourScan Singapore, renowned for high quality and multi-ward winning standards. Part of the proceeds of the limited edition is designated for OceanNEnvironment’s “SAVE OUR SEAS” fund to support research and conservation projects in the Asia Pacific. The limited-edition production is endorsed by President Gloria Arroyo.

Jacket, 8pp Endpaper + 138pp Text + 8pp French Fold Jacket
305cm x 268cm H folded
180gsm Matt Art Acid free Paper
Text – high quality 6C process – 5C X 5C plus Spot Gloss and matt Varnish.
Jacket – 6 C process 4c plus, Matt Lamination and spot UV
Fully cased, section hand sewn, head and tail band, with mull cloth, square back, jacketing. Part proceeds from this book will go to the Ocean Geographic SOS (Save Our Sea) Fund.

Heart of the Ocean : Philippines – Limited Edition
$AUD/ SGD 80.80  (includes postage and packaging within Australia, Malaysia & Singapore)

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 $USD 85.00 (including postage and packaging worldwide)

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Heart of the Ocean: Philippines - Limited Edition

Michael AW
Foreword by President Gloria Macapgal Arroyo
Winner PALME D’OR – Book of Festival at the 38th F.M.I.S.M: World-Underwater Pictures Festival Marseille  

Review by Jayne Jenkins
Heart of the Ocean took two years, 15 locations and 16 dive trips and the result; this would have to be Michael AW’s most excellent book to date. Michael has captured the magnificence and beauty of the varied and exotic marine life in the Philippines. The images offer fascinating and detailed insights to what is called the “Apex of the Coral Triangle”. Emory Kristoff (the legendary explorer of Deep Sea Vents and discoverer of the Titanic) inspired the title. It was the title of his brief for the Inner Space Speciation project in the Celebes Sea, where for the first time Michael saw the animals that live beyond the depths of 60m. Some of the amazing images in this book were taken during that expedition.

Heart of the Ocean is more than just a coffee table book that normally after a quick browse through sits and gathers dust. The book showcases the creative talents of Michael, a dedicated marine conservationist, photographer and writer. His photographic experience, knowledge of the ocean and enthusiasm reflect in the beauty of Heart of the Ocean. Illustrated with exceptional images and detailed descriptions the book guides you through all of highlights of the Philippines exquisite underwater richness. With its pictures and text, this book provides a fascinating insight into the day-to-day existence and activities of the magnificent flora and fauna that make this area their home. The book gives us an insight into areas that few divers will ever be fortunate enough to experience.

Michael, as a passionate conservationist and one that does not give up, also describes those issues that threaten the existence of these diving wonders, including, cyanide fishing and shark fining. He worked along side the Philippines Government and The President of the Philippines says ” They give paramount importance to its water and seas” and as part of their commitment there is now a “Celebrate the Sea” month each June and every second Saturday in June a “Celebrate the Sea Day”. Having dived in the Philippines it brought back many great memories of the fantastic marine diversity that is mostly unique to the region.

About
On, or near, the equator there are three deep basins surrounded by the islands that make up Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines. The shallow waters surrounding the Banda, Celebes, and Sulu Seas contain more different species of marine animal life than any other place on earth. As we travel away from this area there are still many marine animals, but the number of species drops off as the distance increases. This is the center of shallow water marine speciation for the entire world – the bull eye of marine bio-diversity.

In the Philippine water of the Celebes and Sulu Seas have the deepest water – as deep as 16,700 feet, and their basins have very high sills. They are so isolated from the world’s oceans that they have never been exposed to, or mixed with, the cold Antarctic bottom water which chills the deep water in all the oceans of the planet. As a result, the water of the Celebes and Sulu Seas is relatively warm, even at great depths. During past Ice Ages, when the level of the oceans dropped as much 400 feet, the Celebes and the Sulu Seas were even more isolated. Because of their locations near the equator, and lack of Antarctic water, they have the warmest water left on the planet. A Miocene like relic, they could be thought of as incubators or perhaps the ancient heart of the ocean.

The author and photographer of Philippines – ‘The Heart of the Ocean’ is Michael AW, Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographer elegantly brings together a repertoire of images that vigorously expose the extra-terrestrial beauty of underwater life in extraordinary perspective. Many of these pictures have been selected for archival fine art collections and limited edition reproduction. A trailer of this production won the SILVER DIVER AWARD at the 2008 World Underwater Pictures Festival in France.

Heart of the Ocean : Philippines – Limited Edition
$AUD/ SGD 80.80  (includes postage and packaging within Australia, Malaysia & Singapore)

Book Order Form


 $USD 85.00 (including postage and packaging worldwide)

Book Order Form