In March, I packed my bags and made my way to Grand Bahama to dive with tiger sharks. Little did I know lemons, nurse, and even the elusive great hammerhead would make an appearance! It was an epic experience. Read my full trip reportonDivePhotoGuide.com
Here is a recap of the trip in this awesome video by Jeffrey Honda:
Last evening, fellow Sedna Epic Assistant Expedition Leader Renata Rojas and I, presented a short video highlighting some of the expeditions experiences in and around Iqaluit, Nunavut last summer. The video was previewed by attendees of the Long Island Diver’s Association (LIDA) Film Festival at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY.
The short film highlights our all-women expedition team, Sedna Epic, along with Inuit elders and young women as we explore the frigid waters of Frobisher Bay, Nunavut. Through our ocean educational outreach programs including mobile aquariums and ROV operations, our team helps to bring the ocean to eye level for the youngest members of Iqaluit’s community.
Several of my images were featured in Issue 106/2017 of Through the Lens Collector’s Edition | Scuba Diver Ocean Planet.
From the Editor: “There’s something about a photograph of a blue whale that keeps you looking, holds your attention. Past the stunning composition and vivid blues, perhaps what makes these images so hypnotic is the fact that it’s of a subject photographed so little, and rarely encountered. This quite brilliant creature – listed as “Endangered” on the IUCN Red List – becomes frozen in time. And for a moment, you feel something for it. That’s the brilliance of a great photograph: its ability to hold a moment and change a mindset. It can inspire a movement, spark an emotion – shatter a stereotype. It’s the beating drum behind the inspiration for putting together this photography special edition. As Underwater360, we’ve tried to build a platform that educates and inspires our readers to get involved with the ocean – the truth is, this ocean planet really is changing for the worst. We believe that by showcasing beautiful imagery and educating the industry on the need for sustainable practices, we can make people care. Our dive show, ADEX, has grown larger than anybody could have predicted, and this 2017 we’re launching Ocean Week Singapore, which is aimed at taking our message further. We’re fortunate to work with a body of incredibly talented people – from photographers to conservationists – who have inspired many to do more for this planet. This photography special edition is dedicated to the iconic underwater locations that have captivated divers since we first began exploring the blue – iconic locations that will mean something different to each of you. Bound together by incredible images, taken in some of the most extreme places, the issue is a testament to those photographers who have pushed the limits to showcase the stunning blue and its inhabitants. Page by page, take a tour of our amazing ocean planet. Live the stories behind the shots, glean new techniques from the experts, and go out and capture the underwater world in all its beautifully chaotic glory.” —Oliver W. Jarvis
Last week in London I was honored and humbled to have had the opportunity to be a part of the 52nd Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards as a finalist in the Impressions category. This year was the most competitive on record with nearly 50,000 entries from across 95 countries. It was an exciting few days where I was able to meet with other passionate wildlife photographers and preview the exhibit at the Natural History Museum before it opened to the public on Friday, October 21st.
My image, Floe of Life, can be viewed at the exhibit in London until September 2017 and will make its way across six continents. It is quite an honor to have been one of only four women to reach the finals. I am particularly proud to have been recognized in a wildlife photography competition for an image that is itself devoid of wildlife. For me, this represents the real-life concerns that perhaps someday the Arctic itself may be devoid of wildlife if we do not take decisive action now.
Floe of life
Below are just a few iPhone images from the awards dinner and exhibit:
Passionate about the natural world both above and below the surface, my drive to document and share its wonders is fuelled by innate curiosity and wild imagination. Never content in one place for too long, my wanderlust to travel and dive the globe enables a never-ending source of material and inspiration. Sharing these experiences both photographically and prosaically has become the way in which I express my love for our blue planet.