The theme of the Reefs is Heat photo contest is “Philippine Marine Biodiversity in Adversity”. Its aims are to document the impacts of 2010 mass coral bleaching event in the Philippines and to increase the awareness of the public about climate change, mass coral bleaching events and its potential implications on fisheries, tourism and marine biodiversity. The competition is seeking images with an emphasis on the effects of bleaching, susequent recovery, stress on reefs and people and coasts amidst climate change.
The competition is open for entries, to amateurs only, until 1 November 2010. The winning photographs will be exhibited during the National Workshop of the Integrated Coastal Enhancement: Coastal Research, Evaluation and Adaptive Management (ICECREAM) Program for Climate Change on November 22-23, 2010 at Ecotech, Lahug, Cebu City. A roving exhibit will follow in partner Universities.