1st place Open Wide Angle
Growing up in Southern California, the ocean has always been a large part of my life. Since 2004, I have traveled across the globe, diving in some of the most remote parts of the world. With my many dive travels, I have developed a true passion and appreciation for marine organisms. I believe underwater photographers help employ constructive change for our deteriorating seas through the use of striking images. With my pictures, I hope to increase the awareness of our fragile marine ecosystems and encourage others to help protect our oceans.
I authored a dive/snorkel guide: "Beneath the Surface: The Best Diving and Snorkeling in Hawaii & French Polynesia." It has pictures and descriptions of the best underwater sites in these areas.
Beautiful coral reefs such as this, which support diverse marine organisms, are currently under siege from human activity around the world and need more protection.
Sharks are my favorite subject to photograph! Millions of sharks are killed uneccessarily each year, decimating shark populations. I hope my images will help advocate for their conservation.
Fine Underwater Photography
I'm pleased to announce that I am a Gold Medal Winner in the 2017 Ocean Geographic Pictures of The Year with my image "Sharky Sunset"