Sylvia Earle Ocean Conservation Award WINNER

When you think of plankton, what comes to mind first? Is it a funny aggressive character in a SpongeBob cartoon, is it the beautiful glowing creatures when you run your hand through the ocean at night, or is it microscopic organisms filled with plastic particles?
We would like to recognize and honor the winner of the Sylvia Earle Ocean Conservation award, director Emily Driscoll, at the 2016 MY HERO International Film Festival. The award-winning short documentary follows Mara G. Haseltine, a New York City sci-artist, on her journey to reveal the ugly truth below the surface through her artwork. The enchanting cinematography shows Mara’s research of her plankton samples with the TARA Oceans project and what she does to ensure the message is spread. All of her samples show the plankton embedded with microscopic fibers of plastic no matter how remote the location she sampled from.

Plankton not only makes up about half of the oxygen we need, but it also is the basis of the food chain. This film gives the viewers a deeper understanding on our dependency on the ocean and the importance of healthy plankton.

Mara combines her scientific knowledge and artistic eye to create a sculpture representing the organisms that are tainted by the plastic hazard surrounding and engulfing them.

Humans are just as dependent on the ocean as the whales, fish, and plankton. Emily Driscoll does a magnificent job representing Mara and her mission to spread the word about this threat to something that everyone depends on for survival. That mission runs parallel to the One World One Ocean campaign and is a truly remarkable representation of the Sylvia Earle Ocean Conservation award.

Congratulations to Emily Driscoll! 

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