6 June 2013
Press Release
Note No. 6394

Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

Note to Correspondents

Exhibition Highlighting Ecological, Economic Importance of Oceans


Opens at United Nations Headquarters


A photography exhibition titled “Oceans” is on display in the Visitor Centre through mid-August.

Featuring stunning underwater photography and videos by 16 photographers, divers and photojournalists from nine countries, the exhibition is presented in connection with World Oceans Day (8 June), and highlights the ecological and economic importance of healthy oceans, as well as the need to protect their fragile ecology and submarine life.

“Oceans” is organized by the Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea in the Office of Legal Affairs, in collaboration with Blancpain, Edition Fifty Fathoms and DivePhotoGuide.

Blancpain is the world’s oldest watch-making brand.  Driven by a spirit of innovation since its founding in 1735, it boasts a long-standing link with diving since 1953, when it developed the first modern diving watch, the Fifty Fathoms.  In partnership with National Geographic, Blancpain organizes regular sea expeditions to assess the status of the oceans and study its inhabitants.

Edition Fifty Fathoms is Blancpain’s exclusive collection of the award-winning work of 50 of the world’s best underwater photographers.  DivePhotoGuide is a comprehensive underwater photography and videography resource and award-winning website for photographers and videographers at all levels.  For more information, please visit www.blancpain.com, www.edition-fifty-fathoms.com, and www.divephotoguide.com.

During the renovation of the General Assembly Building, exhibitions are displayed in the Visitor Centre, located in the Library Building (1B), which also hosts the United Nations bookshop, gift shop, and United Nations Postal Administration stamp shop.  To access the Visitor Centre, members of the general public need to purchase online a United Nations Guided Tour ticket.

For more information on United Nations exhibitions, please contact Renata Morteo at tel.:  +1 212 963 5455, e-mail:  morteo@un.org; Liza Wichmann at tel.:  +1 212 963 0089, e-mail:  wichmann@un.org; or visit http://visit.un.org.

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