Boats and Sharks. Bachir Moukarzel /

By Mark McConville


IF YOU thought Great Britain was sizzling this summer feast your eyes on the real paradise beauty of the “Land of Seven Thousand Islands” from above.


Stunning bird’s eye view pictures show rowing boats paddling in the clear blue ocean with sharks clearly visible in the water below.

Bachir Moukarzel /


Other incredible shots show the country’s sandy beaches, vibrant cities and lush green forests with rivers snaked through the trees.


The striking photographs were taken across the Philippines by financial controller Bachir Moukarzel (35), from Kahale, Lebanon.

Bachir Moukarzel /


“In my images, you see a unique perspective of islands and Ocean, and some wild life with whale sharks,” he said.


“It’s a perspective full of details and scenes, which make us feel how tiny we are in these places, and how important it is to take care of our beautiful environment and nature.

Bachir Moukarzel /


“I studied the map of Philippines before visiting and I searched through Google maps for interesting compositions and aerial shots. I also checked the light direction timing for sunset and sunset to have the ultimate quality and mood in my pictures.”


The Philippines is a unitary sovereign and archipelagic country in Southeast Asia. Situated in the western Pacific Ocean, it consists of about 7,641 islands that are categorized broadly under three main geographical divisions from north to south: Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

Forest roads.
Bachir Moukarzel /


The Philippines is defined by its emerald rice fields, teeming megacities, graffiti-splashed jeepneys, smouldering volcanoes, bug-eyed tarsiers, fuzzy water buffalo and smiling, happy-go-lucky people.


Bachir, who took the images with a DJI Phantom drone, explained what he loves about this type of photography and the problems he ran into.

Bachir Moukarzel /


“I love the unique perspective,” he said.


“The depth of the pictures, I can fit a volcano crater and its surrounding or an island entirely in the middle of the ocean.

Bachir Moukarzel /


“Since I was shooting in the middle of the ocean, it was very challenging to take off and land from a tiny space and boat and this was my main challenge in Philippines.”

Bachir Moukarzel /


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