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Whales in Tenerife, crocodiles in Cuba 

PAGE 28 WHALES IN TENERIFE

Photographing sharks, whales and crocodiles in different parts of the world are some of the experiences carried out by the photographer and diver, Andalusian by birth and Canary by adoption, Joaquín Gutiérrez Fernández.

The fourth edition of “Arona Son Atlántico: The Festival of the Oceans” will exhibit until January 12th at the Los Cristianos Cultural Centre, images of this award-winning photographer at the Mares del Mundo exhibition.

This is the fourth exhibition of this type, promoted by the Festival and curated by the naturalist Sergio Hanquet, advisor of Arona Son Atlántico, to show the richness of the oceans and influence the need to protect them.

Admission to the exhibition is free (Monday to Friday, from 8am to 10pm and on Saturdays and Sundays, from 9am. to 8pm).

The Arona Son Atlántico Festival, co-organised by Arona council’s tourism and culture department, has the collaboration of the Cabildo de Tenerife and the Canary Islands Government.

A diver since 1995, Joaquín Gutiérrez owes his love to his father, who, from a very young age, instilled in him love and respect for the sea. Since he began thirteen years in underwater photography, he has travelled all over the world to take images that he has published in specialised media and has won several international awards.

Gutiérrez’s favourite discipline is the angle and photography of large animals. He highlights his experience with sharks, for which he feels a special attraction, although he has also enjoyed taking pictures of whales in Tenerife and crocodiles in Cuba.

At present, he has an underwater photographic archive of the Canary Islands, but also of countries such as the Philippines, Indonesia, Cuba, Bahamas, Egypt and Maldives, among others.

Joaquín Gutiérrez has seen his work awarded with awards such as Ocean View Natural Best Photograhy [2013, 2014 and 2017], Los Angeles Underwater Photo-grafic Competition [2012], OrtonAmare [2012], Ocean Art [2016] and Our World Underwater International Competition Deep.

“My images are proof of respect and admiration for the ocean,” he says.

The fourth edition of the Arona Son Atlántico Festival. The Festival of the Oceans takes place between the months of November 2017 and February 2018 and highlights the high cultural significance of the mobility of the cetaceans that, through the motorways of the seas, communicate distant cultures and encourage the meeting of experts and professionals of different nationalities for the study, recreation or dissemination of underwater animal life.