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A Curious Pelican, Old Harbour Bay, Jamaica

I traveled to Jamaica to shine the spotlight on the impending sale of the country's largest protected area to build a massive port. Residents of Old Harbour Bay, a poor fishing village south of Kingston, and the surrounding ecosystems would be hardest hit by the development and yet had no voice in the plans. I spent time in Old Harbour Bay meeting residents, observing and deliberating on how best to capture the character of the place.

Late one afternoon I was strolling among their fishing boats when a curious pelican landed on a boat close to me and provided a focal point, and a moment of levity and connection. This became one of the most shared images that I captured during my expedition and helped to bring awareness to an issue that few people outside of Jamaica had heard about. As a result of the campaign to shine the spotlight on the issue the government of Jamaica announced that it would no longer be developing the area – an unprecedented victory for conservation and for local people.

Location: Old Harbour Bay, Jamaica
Photograph Date: N/A
Medium: Chromogenic Print
Edition: 200

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0.7 Meter Classic – (27.50” x 18.25”), 1.0 Meter Classic – (39.25” x 26.25”), 1.5 Meter Classic – (59.00“ x 39.25”), 2.0 Meter Classic – (72.00” x 48.00”)

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About the Photographer

Robin Moore

Robin Moore is an award-winning photographer, filmmaker, author and conservationist. His photographs regularly appear on the pages of National Geographic Magazine, the Economist, Newsweek and Esquire.

Moore developed an interest in nature at a young age while out exploring his home country of Scotland. His interests grew as he began to travel abroad, instilling a desire to protect the places he visited and the creatures that live there.

Since earning his PhD in Biodiversity Conservation, Moore has been a powerful voice in the fight to protect animals and nature. Moore turned to photography in order to tell the stories of his explorations, educating a broader audience. “My passion for wildlife and wild places inspires my photography and motivates me to use my images in any way I can to advance their protection.”

In 2010, Moore’s photography and storytelling came together as he led the "Search for Lost Frogs" campaign. Moore created a "Top 10 Most Wanted" list, inspiring a journey across 21 countries, with 33 teams searching on five continents for the world’s rarest amphibians. This led Moore to release his first book in 2014, "In Search of Lost Frogs", a 70,000-word narrative wrapped around 400 images depicting the search for some of the most elusive creatures on earth. The "Search for Lost Frogs" campaign was wildly successful; within a year, scientists found 20 of the "lost" frogs--one of which had last been seen in 1874.

Moore’s tireless work capturing some of the rarest creatures on film, lead to the shot of two endangered rhinos on the cover of Newsweek Magazine, in the November issue of 2014. The article “Extinct.com— The Black Market Trade for Endangered Animals Flourishes on the Web” exposed how some of the rarest species on Earth are being killed off and traded on Facebook.

Recently, Moore has been working on a project to broaden these efforts to other taxonomic groups. As communications director with Global Wildlife Conservation, he is developing a platform to showcase stories of species both ‘lost and found’.

In between his travels and photography assignments, Moore hosts a podcast for National Geographic called "No Filter," where he interviews fellow award-winning photographers such as, Cory Richards, Joel Sartore and Jim Richardson about their craft.

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