Original images and messages from fifty international illustrators capture the beauty of oceanic life and the urgency of the dangers it faces.

A collection of original postcards and messages from 50 illustrators across the world, working to celebrate and protect the precious life in our oceans.

Each illustrator has provided an image of sea creatures, fishes or other sealife, with a message of inspiration to help point out the massive and imminent dangers climate change, pollution, over-fishing and other human-led interventions are having on our oceans. The postcards are displayed under three headings: Celebrating the Ocean; The Danger to the Ocean; Take Action for the Ocean.

The world-class illustrators include Axel Scheffler, Roger Mello, Barroux, Piet Grobler, Julie McAllister (Australia), Kathleen Richens (New Zealand), Yuval Zommer, Petr Horácek, Jackie Morris, Nicola Davies and Jane Ray.

The 35 countries represented include; Austria, Australia, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzogovina, Brazil, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Estonia, Fiji, France, Germany, Ghana, Iran, Ireland, India, Israel, Italy, japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Russia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Syria, Taiwan, Turkey, UK, USA.

Edited by Tobias Hickey, co-founder of the International Centre for the Picture Book in Society, with a foreword by Peter Thomson, the UN Special Envoy for the Ocean.


Tobias Hickey is a founder of the International Centre for the Picture Book in Society (ICPBS) based at the University of Worcester's School of Arts, where he is a Senior Lecturer and Course Leader in Art & Design Communication. ICPBS was established in 2015. Its broad aim is to encourage the international creation and publication of quality picture books that encourage and embellish civilised values.

Peter Thomson is a fifth generation Fijian, and since 2017 has been the UN Secretary General's Special Envoy for the Ocean. He has long been a campaigner for oceanic conservation and was among those involved in creating the UN's Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14, in 2017, for the conservation and sustainable use of the oceans and seas. He lives in Australia.

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