The phosphate carrier MV Tycoon ran aground on Christmas Island in January 2012. It spilled tonnes of oil, diesel and phosphate onto the island’s shore and pristine coral reef. Christmas Island deserves its place in the news due to its unique biodiversity, not because of maritime and refugee issues. 

Christmas Island

Nikon D300, Sigma 120–400mm f/4.5–5.6 DG OS HSM lens at 240mm, 1/1250, f8, ISO 1000; tripod

by Justin Gilligan, New South Wales