Titled “Bubbles”, Charlotte Piho’s photograph of the famous turtle Aria, whose video went viral globally, has won her many awards. CHARLOTTE PIHO/24010809
Cook Islands photographer Charlotte Piho has reached another peak in her career, capturing first place in the Tokyo International Foto Awards 2023 for the Nature-Underwater category.
“Bubbles”, Piho’s photograph of the famous turtle Aria, whose video went viral
globally, has won her many awards.
said that having her work, photographed in the Cook Islands, recognised by a
new audience and new eyes in the creative circles of Tokyo, Japan, was very
reached many of my goals now with photography awards, and would love to win
again in the New Zealand Geographic Photography awards.”
numerous awards in 2023 was certainly a highlight of Piho’s photography career,
but she has even bigger dreams for the future.
year, her goals include having her work published in National Geographic and
travelling more internationally with her family in pursuit of new unique
encounters while also sharing the work she has done over the years in the Cook
month, Piho will be jetting off to Dubai for the prestigious Xposure Festival,
where she’ll be representing Oceania.
will connect me with many of the top photographers and filmmakers around
the world,” Piho said.
is shaping up to be a great year to share my work from our little island
paradise not just to Japan but globally.”
Charlotte Piho’s photographs featured on Sydney Opera House for World Oceans Day in 2021. SUPPLIED / 24010808 / 240108010
says: “What sets Charlotte Piho apart is her ability to grant a voice to marine
life, forging an unspoken connection between the aquatic world and humanity.”
Piho, with her extraordinary talent, has not only redefined oceanic photography
but has also become a storyteller, weaving narratives that inspire awe and
foster a newfound appreciation for the wonders of the deep blue.”
an earlier interview, Piho explained that Aria, the beautiful green sea turtle
in the Cook Islands that blows bubbles from her mouth, has become one of the
most beloved turtles in the world.
video of Aria, posted by Piho in April 2022, made waves internationally, shared
across six countries and platforms, including the prestigious CBS.
behaviour helps to close boundaries between humans and animals. She shows that
animals just like humans are vulnerable, can be playful and also have their own
distinct personalities,” Piho said in an earlier interview.
raising awareness of how special they are, it encourages people to protect
them by not polluting our oceans. For instance, by participating in
coastal clean-ups and reducing plastic use.”