From time immemorial, we humans have felt drawn to the magic of the sea, to its power and unpredictability. Today, however, our oceans are threatened as never before. Plastic pollution, climate change, and industrial fishing are putting at risk the very existence of untold species.
York Hovest has taken it upon himself to step up in the face of these challenges. He sought out and accompanied all sorts of “heroes of the sea”: scientists, activists and visionaries who have launched projects to tackle the problem of how to save our oceans. It led him on numerous journeys to every corner of the earth and resulted in this one-of-a-kind photography volume that reveals both the undisguised beauty of the seas as well as the threats this unique world faces both above and below the surface.
Hovest’s pictures span the azure blue seas of the South Seas to the cold waters around the Arctic Circle. They show whales, sharks, and colorful reef inhabitants in their natural habitat. In breathtaking splendor and scope, they remind us of the immense diversity and beauty of marine life and urge us to protect the abundant life forms for whom the ocean is home.
„A unique portrait of our oceans in all their beauty, fascination, and power – but also their immense problems, which we urgently need to face.” –York Hovest
York Hovest, born in 1978 in Wesel, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, is an investigative photographer, author, and adventurer who travels the world in search of inspiring stories and destinies. In his new project “Heroes of the Sea”, he accompanies people who have dedicated themselves to saving the oceans. He is a sought-after guest in the media, a keynote speaker, and formerly an internationally successful fashion photographer.
Our Autumn Program 2019 focuses on planet Earth in all its facets. Therefore, we are happy to announce that a portion of the proceeds of this book will be donated to the marine conservation organization Sea Shepherd Global. Sea Shepherd fights against illegal fishing, the slaughter of marine mammals, and ocean pollution. The book comes without plastic wrapping. Let’s keep the seas safe.
- With a foreword by the Dalai Lama
- A documentary film in 2020 will accompany this publication
- Hovest’s partners include Olympus, Sony, Leica, and National Geographic
- To bring attention to this project, Hovest will cross the Atlantic Ocean in a purpose-built rowboat – www.heroesofthesea.com
- Hovest is a sought-after keynote speaker
- The book comes without plastic wrapping. Let’s keep the seas safe
- A portion of the proceeds of this book will be donated to the marine conservation organization Sea Shepherd Global, www.seashepherdglobal.org