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Blue Reef Aquarium will be hosting renowned local photographer Matt Montano over the May Bank Holiday Weekend (May 1st – 4th) as part of Newquay’s Art8 festival.

Photographer Matt Montano at Blue Reef Aquarium, Newquay, for Art8
Photographer Matt Montano

A selection of his stunning photography will be on display as part of an exhibition in the aquarium’s Ocean View Café, overlooking Towan Beach. It will be free to view and Matt’s images will be available to buy.
Over the weekend Matt will also be providing interactive workshops for visitors packed with great tips for successful marine and coastal photography.
Visitors will also have the opportunity to try out their newly-mastered skills by entering the Blue Reef Get Snappy ‘No Flash-Photography’ competition.
Every day throughout the event one photo, taken at the aquarium, with the hashtag #BRphotocomp on social media will be chosen by the professional photographer.
Winners will receive free tickets to the aquarium and get the chance to have their photo made into a canvas.
Matt’s photography has a strongly weighted focus toward images which serves to highlight areas of conservation, and their respective conservation issues, around Cornwall’s coast.
In 2012 he completed a BSc (Hons) Degree in Environmental Resource Management, reflecting his interest in environmental conservation & management of the coastal environment.
Blue Reef’s Lucy Hackett said: “We’re delighted Matt has agreed to take part in this event as he is an amazing photographer and has created some truly stunning seascapes and coastal images.
“Matt’s photography workshops will also provide visitors with some top tips on how to secure those perfect pictures,” she added.
Matt Montano is a surfer, photographer and the owner of Montano Photography. He lives with his fiancée in Newquay.
He specialises in photographing the stunning landscapes, seascape and surf of Cornwall.

'Fistral Beach' by Matt Montano for Art8 at Blue Reef Aquarium Newquay
‘Fistral Beach’ by Matt Montano

Issued by Blue Reef Aquarium. For more information and to arrange interviews and picture opportunities please contact Lucy Hackett on 01637 878134.

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