Project Manta

Manta rays are giant ocean wanderers and they’re smart. With the largest brain to body size of any living fish, these mesmerisingly graceful creatures are very intelligent. They curiously interact with people, travel vast distances and show surprisingly complex behavior. But mantas are under threat and this at a time when they could be key indicators of our rapidly changing world. Join Australian biologist Dr. Kathy Townsend and her PROJECT MANTA team as they reveal the mantas secret world. Journey to manta hotspots in Mexico, Micronesia, the Maldives and Australia’s Great Barrier Reef where they discover breathtaking feeding frenzies and rare mating rituals.


Awards for Project Manta

Award for Creative Excellence
Nature & Wildlife Documentaries
US International Film & Video Festival
USA, June 2011

Best TV Program mid-budget - Finalist
IWFF - International Wildlife Film Festival
USA, May 2011

1. Prize: Award for Outstanding Achievement in a Feature Documentary
10th Celebrate the Sea Festival (CTS),
Indonesia, September 2011

Best Conservation Program - Finalist
Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival
USA, October 2011

Best Documentary Science, Technology & the Environment - Finalist
ATOM Awards,
Australia, October 2011

Best Professional Underwater Documentary - Finalist
38th Festival Mondial de l’Image Sous-Marine (World Festival of Underwater Pictures)
France, October 2011

Silver Award Wildlife & Nature Films
ACS (Australian Cinematographers Society) State Awards
Australia, November 2011

3rd Place for Best Professional Underwater Production
15th International Underwater Film Festival
Serbia, December 2011

Award of Distinction
International Underwater Film Competition
Méditerranea - Festival International de l'Image Sous Marine et de l'Aventure
France, March 2012

Best Documentary Ocean Conservation/Marine Sciences - Finalist
9th San Francisco Ocean Film Festival
USA, March 2012

Best TV Documentary Nature & Wildlife - Finalist
New York Festivals
USA, April 2012

Eureka Award for Best Science Journalism 2012
Australian Museum Eureka Prizes
Australia, August 2012

Best Documentary Marine & Earth Sciences
BLUE Ocean Film Festival,
USA, September 2012

Posted in Recent Assignments, Underwater Documentary.