Entry Title: "Elephant Snorkle"
Name: Annette Bonnier , United States
Category and Expertise: Documentary|Nature|Underwater|Wildlife, Professional


Entry Description: Rajan is a retired logging elephant that lives on Havelock Island, Andaman Islands. He walks down to the beach every morning and takes a swim in the ocean. He uses his trunk as a snorkel.

About the Artist:

I found an outlet for my passion through Documentary Photography at the University of Florida where I graduated in 1979. I continued my studies under eminent photographers like Mary Ellen Marks, David Allen Harvey and Steve McCurry. Photography has transported me to places I never would have imagined – inside a housing project with a crack addict and her 7 children; in a propeller plane with ‘Brothers to the Rescue’ searching for dying refugees; assessing the damage to homes after Hurricane Andrew; backstage with the artistic characters at Cirque du Soleil; and meeting some of the transformed men in Sing Sing Prison. All of these people have shared their lives and their stories with great generosity. Traveling and working with NGO’s in India and Southeast Asia transformed me in many ways. The people, their survival under such harsh conditions and their amazing perseverance is inspiring. The beauty, spirituality and colors of the Eastern world draw me back again and again. My work has been published in the New York Times, Tropic Magazine (Miami Herald), and Loft Magazine. I also have participated in various gallery shows.