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16th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Paddle boarders at sunset

This image was taken in Ha'apai, Tonga. Stand up paddle boarders were out exploring the shallow reefs at sunset. I wanted to demonstrate the innate bond humans have with the ocean, whether we are physically in it or floating on the surface. Our inherent relationship with the ocean is eternal and we must care for it in a way that ensures sustainability for the future.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 05.2017
Date Uploaded: 09.2018
Photo Location: Foa Island, Tonga
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Copyright: © Grant Thomas