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Siena International Photography Awards

October 30, 2017

The Siena International Photography Awards recently recognized one of my images, Between the Sheets, in its annual photography competition. The image is of a kittiwake cruising over pack ice around 80º north in the Arctic Circle.

The image was entered into the Fragile Ice category and was awarded “Remarkable Artwork.”

 

Some images from the awards ceremony and exhibit Beyond the Lens in Siena, Italy:



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trip Report: Sea of Cortez

October 18, 2017

Our trip to the Sea of Cortez was a success! Our group encountered playful sea lions at Los Islotes, whale sharks filter-feeding plankton in La Paz Bay, and dozens of mobula rays feeding at night in Isla Espiritu Santo National Park. We camped under the stars in the national park, soaked up the sun’s rays and had a healthy dose of vitamin sea!

Here are some images of what we encountered during that gorgeous week in Baja:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Presentations at Sea Gypsies & Scuba Sports Club

September 1, 2017

In August, I had the pleasure of presenting on the power of photography in conservation to the Westchester Scuba Sports Club as well as the joy of photographing sea lions in La Paz, Mexico to the NYC Sea Gypsies Club.

Speaking about photographing sea lions in La Paz, Mexico

 

At the NYC Sea Gypsies Club meeting

 

At the Westchester Scuba Sports Club with Allan Rios and Denise Blais — Photo by Gary Lehman

Singapore: Elysium Artists for the Arctic Exhibit

April 6, 2017

Photo Courtesy of Ruban Kumar

The Elysium Artists for the Arctic Exhibition opened in Singapore on April 5, 2017 with ocean scientists, Dr. Sylvia A. Earle and, Photographer,  Michael Aw addressing guests and signing books. The exhibition features a collection of images, curated by Rosamund Kidman Cox, Peter Ong, and Miriam Stein Battles. The featured photographs and paintings are the culmination of a three week journey across the High Arctic.

Photo Courtesy of Ruban Kumar

The expedition, which I took part in as a contributing photographer, took place over August and September of 2015, consisted of 66 team members from 19 countries. Some of the members included legends such as Dr. Sylvia Earle, David Doubilet, Jennifer Hayes, Michael Aw, Ernie Brooks II, Wyland, and Leandro Blanco. Along with the other passionate team members this multi-faceted interpretation of the Arctic came together. Painters, cinematographers, photographers, and musicians united to create this body of work In order to generate awareness for climate change––through the arts.

Dr. Sylvia A. Earle and Michael Aw presenting the Elysium book

The exhibit can be viewed between April 5 and April 16 at Ion Orchard (Level 4) in Singapore and will then move on to Marina Mandarin Hotel Gallery (Level 5) through May 8, 2017.