Scuba Diver Ocean Planet | Through the Lens Collector’s Edition

January 1, 2017

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

52nd Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards | Impressions Category Finalist

October 24, 2016

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.


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Below are just a few iPhone images from the awards dinner and exhibit:



Please have a look through all of the awarded images here:  http://www.nhm.ac.uk/visit/wpy/gallery/2016/adult.html



Sedna Epic Expedition

April 15, 2016
Very exciting news I’d like to share this week! I am thrilled to announce I have joined the all-women Sedna Epic team and will be traveling in late July with them to Baffin Island, in the Canadian Territory of Nunavut. Sedna’s educational outreach program will work with Inuit communities and in particular young women to deliver an educational outreach program focused on ocean conservation and climate change.


The Plan:

Snorkel the Northwest Passage for Climate Change

Over the next three summers the team will snorkel the Canadian Arctic’s 3,000 km Northwest Passage from Pond Inlet to Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories.
The all-female team of scientists, explorers, educators, and artists will be the first to attempt the voyage. By completing this journey we hope to bring worldwide attention to disappearing sea ice and climate change.


Bringing the Ocean to Eye Level:

Throughout the journey Team Sedna will work with ten Inuit communities to deliver educational outreach programs focused on ocean conservation and climate change. These programs will consist of using ROV’s (remotely operated vehicles/underwater robots) equipped with videcameras, mobile aquariums, and snorkel safari’s to enable the local community to explore the biodiversity of the underwater world in their very own backyards.


Combining Aboriginal and Scientific Knowledge to Mitigate Global Warming

Via Sedna’s social media channels and various media coverage, we hope to give the Inuit community a platform to express their knowledge, experience, and perspectives on the changing Arctic climate.

In late July, the Sedna Epic team will travel to Iqaluit, Nunavat (Baffin Island) where we will deliver an educational ocean outreach program with the local Inuit community. The outreach program will focus on educating, inspiring, and empowering young Inuit girls to pursue careers in the sciences.


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Empowering Women and Girls

The sea women will provide mentorship to Inuit youth, introducing them to the possibility of careers in marine biology, fisheries management, seafood harvesting, ocean engineering, remotely operated vehicle pilots, marine archaeology, climate science, movie-making and photography, and as dive masters and dive instructors in the nascent dive and snorkel tourism industry in Nunavut.


Image of Sedna by Anthony Galbraith

In Inuit mythology, Sedna is the goddess/mother of the sea and all of its creatures.

Nakurmiik! (Thank you in Inuktitut)

Outdoor Photographer of the Year Competition

January 14, 2015

Having had seven images (below) chosen as finalists for the Outdoor Photographer of the year 2014 competition was a wonderful honor. Each of my images was submitted to the UnderExposed category which happened to be a new category added just this year, strictly for underwater images.

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