FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, July 24, 2018
[HALIFAX/K’JIPUKTUK] – Today, the newly rebranded crown agency Develop Nova Scotia and the Ecology Action Centre (EAC) partnered to bring the story of Atlantic Canada’s marine biodiversity to tourists, locals along the waterfront in downtown Halifax.
Acclaimed nature photographer Nick Hawkins was commissioned to capture the beauty, fragility, and economic opportunity within the vast waters surrounding Nova Scotia, including the nearby Eastern Shore Islands, now considered an “area of interest” by the federal government for protection.
Inspiring photographs by Hawkins will be placed along the incredibly popular “sea bridge” – an almost 160-meter-long floating bridge along the Halifax waterfront. The photographs depict rugged coastlines and ocean wildlife - the very marine resources which many Nova Scotian livelihoods depend. The project will remain until the end of summer and may see as many as 1000 people a day.
Nick Hawkins is a Canadian conservation photographer and photojournalists from New Brunswick. He has produced featured articles for Canadian Geographic, BBC Wildlife Magazine, and Canadian Wildlife Magazine, and was featured in the prestigious BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards.
“The diversity of life below the surface of the ocean around Nova Scotia is astounding”, says Hawkins. “Very few people have the opportunity to see beneath the surface of the waves - I hope my photography provides a portal of connection to this beauty and helps build an appreciation for our oceans."
“We are so pleased to be adding this important educational, and beautiful, feature to infrastructure along the Halifax Waterfront – a place that saw 2.7 million visitors in 2017,” said Jennifer Angel, President and CEO of Develop Nova Scotia. “We believe a focus on planning, development and management of land and infrastructure by and for and with people creates places that are diverse, authentic and unique in character, not to mention environmentally sustainable and socially inclusive.”
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Develop Nova Scotia (formerly Waterfront Development) is the crown corporation responsible for leading sustainable development of high potential property and infrastructure across Nova Scotia to drive inclusive economic growth in our province. Our mission is to support the creation of sustainable places right across Nova Scotia that attract and inspire people and investment.
Ecology Action Centre is a member-based environmental charity in Nova Scotia taking leadership on critical issues from biodiversity to climate change to environmental justice.
For further information, please contact:
Strategic Communications Manager, Ecology Action Centre
Senior Marketing Manager, Develop Nova Scotia
Examples of Nick Hawkins photography displayed on the Sea Bridge: