President Lonsdale farewelled on streets of Port Vila—and around the world

Throngs of mourners turn out on Port Vila's main street to farewell President Baldwin Lonsdale. Photo: Vanuatu Daily Post

Throngs of mourners turn out on Port Vila’s main street to farewell President Baldwin Lonsdale. Photo: Vanuatu Daily Post

Motlap chiefs from President Lonsdale's home island of Motalava pay their respects to his casket. Photo: Holy Bule/Facebook

Motlap chiefs from President Lonsdale’s home island of Motalava pay their respects to his casket. Photo: Holy Bule/Facebook

President Lonsdale's casket is carried by Vanuatu Mobile Force members to a plane for his final journey home to Motalava. Photo: Twitter/@raetlomi

President Lonsdale’s casket is carried by Vanuatu Mobile Force members to a plane for his final journey home to Motalava. Photo: Twitter/@raetlomi

The Heads of States of Australia, Fiji and New Zealand came in person to farewell President Lonsdale. The passing of Vanuatu’s Head of State has also been marked around the world over the last few days. Here’s just a few examples:

In Sydney, Australia:

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[Photo Gallery] Vanuatu’s Olympic team celebrates in Rio by cheering Brazil’s football team to victory

Members of Vanuatu’s Olympic team Yoshua Shing, Albert Iata, Joe Mahit and Ham Lulu are proud supporters of Brazil’s national football team, so when they got the chance to watch Brazil play Honduras in the Olympic football semifinal, oli stap jump. Brazilian newspaper Folha de São Paolo followed the team and wrote a story (in Portuguese) about the their experience at the Rio Olympics. The six images below are just a selection from this story, there are more on their website:

Vanuatu’s Olympic team members Yoshua Shing, Albert Iata, Joe Mahit and Ham Lulu show their support for Brazil’s football team at Maracanã stadium, Rio de Janeiro. Photo: Ricardo Borges/Folhapress

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Vanuatu Tourism social media marketing campaign yields incredible images

Vanuatu Tourism recently recruited a number of influential image makers on social media platform Instagram and asked them to come to Vanuatu and capture their impressions of Vanuatu, and share them with their Instagram followers. We recently featured a video from this innovative social media marketing campaign; below is only a selection, but the results really speak for themselves:

 

So intense and all these little fern shadows make me happy! This guy and his friends jumped out of the bushes and scared our little group. I'm embarrassed to say I just froze and closed my eyes… Like if I can't see it it isn't happening!! Haha! What a great cultural experience!! @vanuatuislands #discovervanuatu

A post shared by Hailey Bartholomew (@haileybe) on

I honestly didn't think you were able to stand on the edge of an active volcano, and I had no idea it was possible to do it so close to home In Sydney. Yesterday I visited Mount Yasur on Tanna Island, part of @vanuatuislands. I'll never forget looking down into the crater and seeing a molten pool of lava bubbling below. It is truly one of the most incredible things I've ever done. It was also one of the most exhilarating photographic shoots of my life. I'm still buzzing about it. Thanks to @matjoez for helping me with this shot. 🌋👌#discovervanuatu

A post shared by Luke Tscharke • Tasmania (@tscharke) on

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Must-read photo essay on climate change in the Pacific

Children of Etas village on Efate watch a water truck delivering drinking water to their village after Cyclone Pam. Photo: Vlad Sokhin

Children of Etas village on Efate watch a fire truck delivering drinking water to their village after Cyclone Pam in March 2015. Photo: Vlad Sokhin

‘Warm Waters’, a photo essay on climate change by photojournalist Vlad Sokhin, is the best piece of reporting on climate change in the Pacific we’ve ever seen, period. Sokhin’s images and text capture the grave threat climate change poses to the Pacific islands from sea level rise, hotter weather, changes to rainfall and stronger cyclones.

Please go and take a look at the photo-essay here, and encourage your friends to read it too!


Vanua Lava, Vanuatu, Earth, Milky Way, Solar System, Universe

The Earth photographed from the International Space Station, 398km above Vanua Lava, 10:28pm, 19 May 2015. Photo: International Space Station

Animation of Earth photographed from the International Space Station, 398km above Vanua Lava, 10:28pm, 19 May 2015. Click the image for a high-resolution version. Photo: International Space Station


Remembering Cyclone Pam in photos and videos

On the 1-year anniversary of the most destructive cyclone to hit Vanuatu in living memory, we’ve assembled a gallery of photos and videos that retell the story of Cyclone Pam audio-visually.

Mataso Island after being hit by Cyclone Pam, March 2015. Photo: Supplied

The Shepherds islands were hit particularly hard by Cyclone Pam, March 2015. Photo: Global Greengrants Fund

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Happy Chiefs’ Day Vanuatu!

Vanuatu kastom is alive and thriving in 2016, as displayed here in these images and video taken yesterday at the inauguration of the new paramount chief of Mangaliliu, Mormor (the fourth in the lineage).

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Photography by Adam Trau and Rex Turi.