One of Charlotte Piho’s underwater marine life images featured on the sails of the Sydney Opera House.
PHOTO: SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE/21060842
Award winning photographer Charlotte Piho had five of her photos featured alongside many of Australia’s most respected artists on the sails of the Sydney Opera House to mark World Oceans Day.
The Opera House lit up its sails with a ‘Kingdom of Coral’
artwork series on Monday night to celebrate the work of pioneering marine
conservationist Valerie Taylor. Amongst these artworks were a selection of
Piho’s famous underwater marine life images which include her iridescent turtle
and eagle ray images.
The Rarotonga-based Piho described the opportunity and
experience as a “dream come true”.
“I’m a little lost for words to express how truly humbled,
grateful and honoured I am to have my work on Australia’s most iconic landmark.
I am a little emotional in the happiest way,” she said.
“With the Sydney Opera House being Australia's most iconic
destination, it was a true honour and the photographs featured were mainly
taken here in the Cook islands.”
Piho is now an ambassador of CollaborOCEANS which is a
supporter of the UN World Oceans Day’s global vision for 30 per cent of the
ocean to be safeguarded with high protection marine zones by the year 2030.
“The oceans are the lungs of our planet,” Piho said as they
cover 71 per cent of the Earth providing it with much of the oxygen humans need
to breathe. “The oceans support the most magical array of wildlife and it is
heartbreaking how it is facing unprecedented pressures such as pollution and
climate change,” she said in an Instagram post with Timothy Johnston, member of
“We all need to come together and commit to better practices
to help ensure we bring about a healthy ocean which will lead to a healthy and
happy planet,” said Piho.