BRIAN SKERRY is a photojournalist specializing in marine wildlife and underwater environments. Since 1998 he has been a contract photographer for National Geographic, covering a wide range of subjects and stories, from the harp seal’s struggle for survival to the alarming decrease in the world’s fisheries, to dolphin intelligence. Skerry made the first-ever images of a US president swimming underwater, which appeared in the 2017 cover story about protecting US marine ecosystems. In 2014 he was one of five photographers named a National Geographic Photography Fellow. In 2015 he was named a Nikon Ambassador and in June 2017 he was awarded the title of Rolex National Geographic Explorer of the Year. He is currently at work on his 28th story for the magazine. Skerry is an 11-time award winner in the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. He was recently honored with the NOGI Arts award for 2019. He is the only photographer to win the coveted Peter Benchley Award for Excellence in Media. In 2010 National Geographic named one of Skerry’s images among their 50 Greatest Photographs of All Time and he was awarded the 2016 National Geographic Photographer’s Photographer Award, an honor bestowed by his colleagues. He is the author of 10 books, including the acclaimed monograph Ocean Soul. His latest book is SHARK, published by National Geographic Books in 2017. Skerry frequently lectures on photography, exploration, and conservation issues, having presented at the United Nations General Assembly, The World Economic Forum, TED Talks, The National Press Club, The Royal Geographical Society in London, and the Sydney Opera House. He is the Explorer-In-Residence and a trustee at the New England Aquarium, a founding member of the International League of Conservation Photographers, director of The New England Ocean Odyssey for the Conservation Law Foundation and a fellow national of The Explorers Club. He also serves as a marine fellow with Conservation International and serves on World Wildlife Fund’s National Council.