December 16, 2011
The Aquarium of the Pacific is hosting a traveling exhibition featuring internationally acclaimed aerial photos that capture the aftermath of the April 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Striking images of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill hang, surrounded by live animals, around the Aquarium’s walls.
Photographer Daniel Beltrá shot the photos during May and June 2010 on assignment for Greenpeace off the coast of Louisiana. The exhibition featuring Beltrá’s work, SPILL: Images from the Gulf, is on display at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach through January 15, 2012. The public is invited to visit the exhibition at the Southern California aquarium before it travels to Spain.
Beltrá’s aerial images depict the Deepwater Horizon accident site, relief well drilling platforms, controlled burns, boats and skimmer ships that were brought in to monitor and assist in the containment efforts, planes dropping dispersant, and brown pelicans covered in oil. The captions that accompany the images tell the story of the spill and its aftermath as well as some of the impacts that have been observed on animals, plants, and economies.
Photos from this exhibition were used to select Daniel Beltrá as the Wildlife Photographer of the Year for the 2011 Veolia Environment photo contest. Access to the SPILL exhibition is included with Aquarium admission.