2012 - THE ADVENTURES BEGIN
After inventing the revolutionary SVII camera, we kicked off our surveying of the Great Barrier Reef — the most comprehensive scientific survey of the reef in history. We had two teams working on five separate expeditions: a shallow reef team and a deep reef team, going places no one had ever gone before.
2013 - GOING GLOBAL
Following the success of our Australian expeditions, we took the project global, heading off to the Caribbean. Side trips to the Galapagos, Monaco and numerous other locations made this an amazingly successful year.
2014 - INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATIONS
We teamed up with NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries in 2014 to do our first major survey in the US. This was in addition to our survey of numerous locations in the Coral Triangle. It was during this year that we also partnered with UNESCO, held our first exhibition, surveyed Sydney, started community engagement work, re-visited the Great Barrier Reef after Cyclone Ita and got involved in several documentaries. At the end of the year, we traveled to Hawaii and started documenting the Third Global Coral Bleaching Event as it began.
2015 - THE LEAD UP TO COP21
Although we witnessed and revealed the start of the Third Global Bleaching Event in 2014, it really started to gather momentum in 2015. We re-visited American Samoa twice to record a reef bleaching and dying for the first time using 360-degree photography. We had major expeditions in the Indian Ocean and a major exhibition at the Natural History Museum in London. Then came the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP21, in Paris, where we used virtual reality to show world leaders the coral reef crisis.
2016 - CHASING A GLOBAL BLEACHING EVENT
The Third Global Bleaching Event continued throughout the year, and we were the only team tracking it as it devastated reefs around the world. It was the year we finished filming Chasing Coral, started our Seaview Education program with Google, and changed our focus from documenting the problem to creating a solution: a global plan to save corals.
2017 - LAUNCHING A GLOBAL INITIATIVE & PREMIERING CHASING CORAL ON NETFLIX
The year started with the team on the silver screen. Chasing Coral made its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, where it won the U.S. Documentary Audience Award. Soon after, we launched our next big initiative, 50 Reefs — the only global plan to save coral reefs. Meanwhile, we continued to track the Third Global Bleaching Event.
2018 - INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF THE REEF
Still on the screen with Chasing Coral — which, in 2018, won an Emmy, a Peabody, and was shortlisted for an Oscar — we kicked off International Year of the Reef in January, and it quickly became our biggest year yet. The 50 Reefs initiative resulted in $86 million in funding toward conservation action, and we helped secure coral reefs as the focus of the next multimillion-dollar XPrize challenge. We collated the first-ever coral reef image bank and created new educational materials and Voyager stories with Google. Finally, we formed a global collaboration, ready to kick-off in 2019…
2019 - GROWING AND GLOWING
This year, we wanted to create even bigger excitement and optimism about coral reef conservation. We launched our Glowing campaign with Pantone and Adobe to reach a new audience of creatives, then partnered with World Surf League to capture the global surfing community. We also started working with an on-the-ground conservation initiative, ReefStars, in Indonesia, where we witnessed the most amazing example of reef recovery that we’d ever seen. The years’ projects have been designed to help prepare for 2020, when the international community will set new targets for conservation for the following decade.