Many congratulations to our trusted friend and photographer Paul Hilton on his ‘Shark Fin’ World Press Photo 2012 3rd prize in Nature win.
It’s great news for Greenpeace too - this powerful picture of a shark being
pulled onto a Taiwanese longliner, in the Central Pacific Ocean, was taken by
Paul while he was on board our ship, the Esperanza in September 2011.
Paul is originally from the UK, immigrating with his family to Australia at
an early age. Later in life he moved to Hong Kong where he became a successful
photographer ‘stringer’ with EPA (European Press Agency). We first commissioned
Paul to document Greenpeace Hong Kong activities. Later, because of his
extraordinary skills both under and above water, he joined our long ship tours,
such as those in the Pacific Ocean, to ‘save the tuna’ and ‘protect marine
Over the past five years Paul has become the ideal photographer for our
oceans campaigns, working tirelessly during onboard downtime to capture amazing
crew portraits and photo reportage of life on board. Paul turns around world
class news pictures from remote parts of the oceans, including dirty and illegal
fishing activities that threaten marine life extinction, sustainable pole and
line fishing documentation and alluring underwater scenery.
Away from Greenpeace, Paul campaigns hard on ocean preservation and has
produced a powerful photobook and short film ‘Man and Shark’ exploring the
barbaric practice of shark-finning and is lead investigator on the ‘Manta Ray of Hope’
project, documenting the plight of the great rays and investigating the use of
gill rakers in traditional Chinese medicine in Hong Kong and Southern China.
In the last seven years, this is Greenpeace’s 5th World Press
Photo win, the most prestigious photojournalism contest in the world, in fact
it’s a hat-trick, with three awards being picked up in three consecutive years.
Winning photo contests is key to campaigning as much as non-violent direct
action, bearing witness and political lobbying. The winning image is not only
raised to a high platform that allow millions of people to see and understand
the issue but also raises Greenpeace’s profile as a respected credible source
for groundbreaking and globally important environmental photo stories with the
Greenpeace thanks you, Paul, for your well-deserved World Press Photo win and
all the hard work you have put in to bring our campaigns to light, and hope for
more awards between us in the future.
We have produced a slide show of the last 5 winning pictures and have
included Paul’s picture in our ‘Greenpeace Images HD’ iPad App that can downloaded free from
John Novis is Head of Photography at Greenpeace International