Natalia Tsoukala : Pacific Voyagers

Natalia Tsoukala : Pacific Voyagers

Dieter Paulmann organized an expedition in the Pacific Ocean aimed at raising public awareness on the protection of the marine environment and the revival of traditional Polynesian navigation. The expedition was a 20.000 mile voyage in the Pacific ocean from New Zealand to San Diego (USA) and back. “Pacific Voyagers”, is a team consisting of 120 native people from the pacific islands who were sailing for two years from April 2011 to October 2012 through the islands of the Pacific Ocean (Fiji, Samoa, Vanuatu, Cook Islands, Tahiti, Tonga, Solomon Islands, New Zealand).

For this voyage 7 vaka (traditional Polynesian canoes) were built to cross the Pacific ocean powered by the sun and wind, equipped with solar panels and electric engines, used only when necessary or to maneuver within the ports.

Natalia Tsoukala was born in Athens in 1980. She studied photography at Focus Photography and Videoart School, in Greece, and in Nottingham Trent University in England. She has been working as a freelance photographer since 2005 shooting interiors, portraits, art performances e.t.c. She has been collaborating with OKEANOS FOUNDATION and lately also with non profit organizations supporting refugees. In 2012, she traveled in the Pacific Ocean with "Pacific Voyagers". “Pacific Voyagers” seek a sustainable future by merging ancestral values and voyaging traditions with renewable energy. In May 2015 she returned with “Pacific Voyagers” to Vanuatu in the Pacific to provide support for people affected by tropical Cyclone Pam.

She lives and works in Athens.