Gansbaai Courant

Blog: Photographer causes uproar on social media

Published: 12 May 2017
By:Gansbaai Courant

Award winning wildlife and landscape photographer, Jean Trefson, showcased his alluring and unusual wildlife images to guests at the April marine evening held at the Great White House last Tuesday.

Trefson specialises in underwater and aerial images and has used his photography to highlight conservation issues often at the annoyance of authorities. One of his images in particular, the sewage plume just off Cape Town, caused a social media uproar.

Another image of illegal fishing boats in a marine protected area was also shot down by authorities.

However, both have been instrumental to highlight the problem and effect change, the core message of what is termed conservation photography. Tresfon works with many scientists and conservationists to understand much of the behaviour he witnesses from the air or on sea.

His images add to the catalogue of knowledge on species and his contribution is invaluable to this cause.

The audience was also treated to the first public viewing of a short video of great white sharks and southern right whales, shot entirely in Walker Bay during his recent expedition.  Jean has received numerous awards for his work, the most recent is the Underwater Photographer of 2017- runner up for his image 'Humpback whale feeding on krill’ in the behaviour category.

Marine evenings are sponsored by Marine Dynamics – Mail to be added to the mailing list.

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