Sealife Collection is a collaborative internet project which collects, organizes and shares photos and videos of all the underwater species of the world.
Alive Fundació is a private foundation whose aim is to promote and disseminate knowledge and awareness of the environmental sciences in order to contribute to the conservation of the natural world for future generations. To achieve this vision Alive Fundació is developing the Sealife Collection, uniting the underwater photography community and the wider scientific world, exploiting the synergies generated by collaboration. Alive Fundació is an official non-profit organization under supervision of the Catalan government, which ensures its future not-for-profit status and management.
WoRMS is an organization based in the UK, formed by a highly qualified and methodical group of taxonomists that keeps the only up-to-date and reliable database of marine species.
The Sealife Collection is a not-for-profit project, and does not sell any form of merchandise or image rights. The project is funded entirely by private donation.
The main promoters of the Sealife Collection are:
- Bernat Garrigós, graduated in biology at the University of Barcelona and studied a Master of Environmental Management (MEM) at Duke University. He has worked professionally on birds, amphibians, butterflies and dragonflies. An avid naturalist photographer, he ventured into underwater photography before the digital age, when it was a more expensive and technically very difficult activity. With the digital photography revolution, he rediscovered his passion for the underwater world and began to search for a means of sharing the value for science and conservation that his images contained. Not finding anything suitable he decided to create the Sealife Collection. Now he dedicates much of his time to the project for the benefit the entire underwater community.
- Josep Vilanova, graduated in biology at the University of Barcelona. He was responsible for the protection of one of the last unexploited beaches on the Costa Brava, and since then has dedicated all his professional life to the protection and management of the environment of his home town of Palamós, in the heart of the Costa Brava.
A keen diver, photographer and passionate naturalist, he spends as much time as possible exploring nature wherever he travels. Josep teamed up with Bernat at the very beginning to make the Sealife Collection a reality.
There are two more key players involved with Alive Fundació:
- Josep del Hoyo, director of Lynx Edicions and the eminence behind the Handbook of the Birds of the World, as well as the leading internet collection of images and sounds of the world’s birds, the Internet Bird Collection. This is the inspiration for, and sister project of, the Sealife Collection.
- Jordi Sargatal is a well-known conservationist from Catalonia and co-founder of Lynx Edicions, together with Josep del Hoyo and Ramon Mascort. He continues to work on conservation projects in Catalonia and abroad.
The main partner of the Sealife Collection is the World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS). Its chair, Tammy Horton, has been pivotal in the initial success of this endeavour, providing the taxonomy that is the backbone of the project and ensuring its future with up-to-the-minute knowledge of species.
Contact details for Alive Fundació and the Sealife Collection: