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On Travel & the Smithsonian Portraits of Planet Ocean

In less than 24 hours I will fly to Jakarta, visiting my family and later on I will continue for a diving trip in a boat (liveaboard) to Raja Ampat. I am so excited to meet my parents, my brother and his family after a year not seeing them. And I also looking forward to visit Raja Ampat as it is my dream-diving destination for ages. I still can’t believe that finally I will visit it. Raja Ampat is recently recognized to have the richest corals, marine biodiversity in the world. All this time I have been seeing photos and videos about Raja Ampat, and soon I will experience it directly!

Additional update related to photography, a couple days ago I received an e-mail from Smithsonian institution that one of my underwater photos is selected to be displayed digitally in the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History’s Sant Ocean Hall (Washington DC) alongside the photo exhibition of Brian Skerry (National Geographic Photographer). Honestly, at first reading the e-mail I thought it was a mistake until I looked at the attachment of photo declaration/release with link to the selected photo in my underwater photography account. I submitted the photo long time ago even before I was actively blogging.

Orangutan Crabs

Orangutan Crabs

I was shocked as I thought my photo would not get the chance to be selected among thousands photos submitted for this prestigious event. And  I do feel honored that the orangutan crabs photo captured in Komodo Island is selected by Brian Skerry and his team to participate in his exhibition Portraits of Planet Ocean in Smithsonian Museum. If you happen to visit or in Washington DC, please visit Smithsonian Museum for this photo exhibition as I am sure the photo exhibition will let you enjoy the beauty of our ocean.

That’s all of my update before leaving. I haven’t heard any news on Garuda Indonesia Photo Competition. Most likely my photo will not be chosen as the finalist, but again, I am grateful for being selected in TOP 200.

Unfortunately during my travel to Indonesia, I may miss the opportunity to post travel article regularly and get in touch with your blog posts (but I will try whenever possible!). I will have to skip posting the Photo Weekly Challenge and Monochrome Monday too. Please apologize my lack visits to your blog on the next coming weeks, I will catch up once I am back to daily regular life. Until next post!


  1. well I wish I was going diving too – O_o – but have fun my friend – and enjoy your blogging break – because most of the time breaks bring us back with new freshness – and well, pauses are so good. and we may be going to DC in a few weeks – I will try and check out the exhibition if we do
    have fun w/ your friends and family – and be safe diving!


    • Thank you so much Yvette! It was indeed, had great time diving and meeting my family 🙂 Hope you will enjoy travel to DC and visit to the Smithsonian! Cheers and have a great weekend!

  2. Congratulations with the acceptance of your photo for the exhibition at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History’s Sant Ocean Hall. Well deserved. And I think the image posted here is gorgeous too – just feel like jumping in that water. Enjoy seeing your family again!

  3. Fantastic! I just spotted this 🙂
    Your photos are incredible, Indah, so it’s really well deserved. Hope the trip went/is going superbly.

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