Cuba- Capturing the Essence

During the summer of 2015 I visited Cuba where I captured the essence of the everyday life and the stunning landscapes before the country opens to change.

 
 

Mindo- Biodiversity in the Cloud Forest

The Mindo Cloud Forest is located about 30 miles from Quito, Ecuador and is situated on the Western slopes of the Andes. This reserve stretches from about 1300 meters up to almost 5000 meters. The biodiversity is enormous and even has autochthonous flora and fauna. An interesting fact is that this cloud forest boasts over 380 species of birds. Small rivers and waterfalls are found throughout the forest. Here are some photographs of the extraordinary biodiversity. 

 
 

South Africa - Conservation Awareness

I volunteered at Zimanga and Somkhanda nature reserves for four weeks in South Africa capturing images of endangered species (wild dog, rhino, cheetah, etc.) and the conservation work being done. I contributed helping create awareness and spread important endangered wildlife conservation messages. 

 
 

Galápagos - Supporting Data

I wrote and designed a book for my MS' in Biological Photography and Imaging final project. The book contains 50 pictures that support the data gathered during the four weeks I spent in three of the islands (San Cristobal, Santa Cruz and Isabela). It is about the interaction of humans with nature, demonstrated through the specific case study of the Galapagos Islands.

The location picked is of special significance since the situation of these islands is quite particular in terms of biodiversity. Because of the distinctive formation of the Galapagos and their remote location, life there has developed in a unique manner. Species from different origins settled in the Galapagos and evolved to adapt to the new conditions. This is precisely where Darwin developed his theory of evolution, which is one of the foundations in the field of biology. 

The Galapagos are considered a "living museum and a showcase of evolution". With this book, my goal was to represent the treasure of biodiversity, to highlight the importance of nature for humanity and our responsibility to protect it. 

 
 

IVF- Microscopy Scientific Support

These microscopic pictures were used in an article of a magazine I designed and wrote as part of a project for my Master's degree to describe the different phases of IVF (In Vitro Fertilisation) and how the process works.

 
 

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