Friends of the Sea Otter is proud to showcase photographers with a brilliant eye for capturing the amazing underwater ecosystems. Enjoy these stunning photos and appreciate the hard work and talent behind the lens!
Photographer: Kip Evans
About: For more than two decades Kip has been exploring the ocean and guiding conservation efforts through his documentary photography projects. He has participated in or led over fifty expeditions throughout the world including recent explorations in Alaska, Cuba, Costa Rica, South Africa, and Chagos. Working on a number of National Geographic Society projects including the Sustainable Seas Expeditions, he served as the chief photographer for noted oceanographer and marine biologist, Dr. Sylvia Earle. In 2008, Kip joined Mission Blue as the Director of Photography and Expeditions, documenting “hope spots,” critical areas around the world’s ocean that need protection. As a diver and submersible pilot, Kip holds a number of certifications and recent spent 17 days living underwater at the Aquarius Habitat as part of Mission 31. Kip graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara where he studied Marine Biology and environmental studies.
Photographer: Marc Shargel
About: Marc Shargel, ardent marine conservationist and a passionate photographer of ocean life. In decades of diving, Shargel has noticed slow but relentless decreases in marine life. In 2000 he co-founded the first of two Central California marine conservation organizations that he helped to lead. From 2004 to 2006 he served on a state panel charged with doing something that had never been done before: to protect a network of marine habitats along the Central Coast by mapping out a series of marine reserves—no take areas—to function as refuges and nurseries for everything living in our ocean. The state’s process to make the network of marine reserves state-wide continued on to other regions, and so did Shargel. He began to create coffee table books, to communicate visually to decision makers and the public exactly what the proposed areas could protect. In 2008 his first book of photography, Wonders of the Sea: North Central California’s Living Marine Riches, was published. He has since published two more volumes in the series, on Far Northern California and Southern California. Most recently he published Yesterday’s Ocean: A History of Marine Life on California’s Central Coast, a soft-bound booklet. All his publications are available at LivingSeaimages.com.
Chuck Davis, www.tidalflatsphoto.com