Christian Stan, at 30 Oct. 19, in Arts & Culture, News

Corals reefs, pods of dolphins, tropical fish, sea turtles, hammerhead sharks and majestic manta rays will swim through Shangri-La’s European properties this autumn as part of the “Ocean Encounters” photographic exhibition created by Greg Lecoeur. Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts commissioned the National Geographic award-winning photographer to capture the beauty of the underwater worlds of Shangri-La’s resorts in the Maldives and Mauritius. With this exclusive series of images, the group hopes to inspire visitors to learn more about the Indian Ocean environment and how to protect this vitally important ecosystem.

The “Ocean Encounters” exhibition will run at Shangri-La Hotel, Paris from 29 October to 22 November 2019 and at Shangri‑La Hotel, At The Shard, London from 30 October to 15 November 2019. In Paris, 20 large-scale photographs will be on view throughout the ground floor public areas of the palace hotel open for all guests to enjoy. In London, visitors to The Shard will be able to view 15 of Lecoeur’s photographs with five exhibited at the ground entrance to the hotel, five in the reception lobby on the 35th floor and five displayed in the Sky Lounge on the 34th floor.

The underwater photography displayed will feature manta rays, colourful surgeon fish indigenous to the Maldivian coral reef, endangered hawksbill turtles, humpback whales breeding in Mauritian waters, and many other fascinating marine encounters showcasing the diverse life of the Indian Ocean. Following the European shows, the exhibition will travel home to be exhibited at the group’s Indian Ocean resorts where the images were captured.

Greg Leceour

All photographic prints created by Greg Leceour and exhibited across the four hotels will be available for purchase and priced from 250 to 850 Euros. Benefitting the region’s marine ecosystem, 100 per cent of the proceeds of each sale will go towards SANCTUARY, Shangri-La’s Care for Nature project to support the regeneration of coral reefs in the Indian Ocean.

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