Recolour The Reef App Built With AR To Support Our Great Barrier Reef

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on 17 March 2021

Look at this vibrant coloured reef. It’s fair to say this is what we’d like our Great Barrier Reef to look like. But with bleaching issues the reality is somewhat different.

Now, tech firm OPPO has partnered with the Reef Foundation by building an AR app which helps raise awareness of our World Heritage listed Reef. 


The Recolour The Reef app is the start of a long-term corporate partnership, with OPPO looking forward to further supporting the Reef Restoration Foundation in their mission to produce 1,000,000 new corals on the Great Barrier Reef by 2026.

The app is also an education and awareness tool created with the intention of actively making a difference to the largest coral reef in the world.

Bringing the reef into homes across Australia, the Recolour The Reef app shows a 3D digital render of the coral networks that make up the reef.


The AR experience was developed from images and video captured on the OPPO Find X3 Pro of the Great Barrier Reef corals just off the shore of Fitzroy Island, which is also one of the locations of RRF’s ocean-based coral nurseries. 

Available to download now on both Google Play and the App Store, the new mobile app works to educate on the risks the reef is facing. Showing a gauge of cumulative stressors which users can slide across to see the impact these have on coral reefs, demonstrating coral bleaching.

Best of all, for each app download throughout March and April, OPPO is pledging a $1 donation to help with the regeneration of damaged corals through RRF’s ocean-based coral nurseries.

Tom Fisk at Pexels

So download your app now. 

 “At OPPO, we are committed to exercising our corporate social responsibility to address both local and global environmental challenges to proactively make a positive change,” said Managing Director of OPPO Australia, Michael Tran.

“Last year the Great Barrier Reef experienced its third major bleaching event in the past five years. Reef Restoration Foundation is growing and planting coals that are naturally more resilient for regenerating degraded reefs. We saw this partnership as an opportunity to amplify the restoration efforts of this community-based organisation that is dedicated to preserving this natural wonder that is part of our national identity,” said Tran.

Tom Fisk at Pexels

About Reef Restoration Foundation

Reef Restoration Foundation is a not-for-profit social enterprise that is establishing a series of ocean-based coral nurseries to assist with the restoration of the reef and help build its resilience. This process of coral regrowth mimics nature and accelerates the growth process to enable reefs to recover from bleaching and cyclone damage faster.

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