African Waters 360°: Explore what water means to us at Two Oceans Aquarium

2018-05-14 16:30 - Kavitha Pillay
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Cape Town (Photo: iStock)

Water – the most precious resource to all living organisms – becomes the subject-matter of a showcase set to take place at Cape Town’s Two Oceans Aquarium on Friday, 18 May.

German photographer Florian Wagner, and South African photographer Jean Tresfon, together with WWF South Africa’s Kholosa Magudu who is the Project Manager of the Breede River Project, will share inspiring stories that “focus on water in the African context,” according to Two Oceans Aquarium.

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Their work will explore “what water means to us in an ever-changing, resource-stressed world,” says Two Oceans Aquarium which is hosting the event to help launch Wagner’s photo-film project called African Waters 360°.

African Waters 360°

As part of the photo-film project, Wagner will embark on a helicopter journey across a number of African countries, to take 360° panoramic images showcasing the diversity of the continent’s cities that are situated near water or river systems that provide important ecological value.

“These include the Cubango River, which eventually floods the Okavango Delta in Botswana. These photographs will be published in a beautiful coffee table book, due for release in 2019,” says Two Oceans Aquarium about the project that aims to document Africa's beauty while creating awareness on responsible water-use.

Wagner - whose work covers wildlife, outdoor sports and the environment - has featured in publications such as National Geographic, GQ and Focus, in addition to having his work exhibited nationally and internationally and in private and public collections.

But more than just another photography feature, African Waters 360° is also a fundraising project for Charity:Water which assists local communities with infrastructure that provides access to clean water.

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At Two Oceans Aquarium’s event, Tresfon will deliver a presentation on the images that he has captured of the Western Cape's water bodies over the years, while Magudu will give a talk entitled "Future proofing by Waterproofing" which discusses growing up learning about the importance of water from a very early age.

What you need to know about the event

When: Friday, 18 May at 18:30 for 19:00 until 21:00.

Where: Two Oceans Aquarium.

Cost: R100 per person. Click here to buy your tickets. Snacks will be served and a cash bar will be available.