BRIAN SKERRY is a photojournalist specializing in marine wildlife and underwater environments. Since 1998, he has been a contract photographer for National Geographic magazine. His uniquely creative images tell stories that not only celebrate the mystery and beauty of the sea, but also bring attention to the issues that endanger oceans and their inhabitants. He has spent more than 10,000 hours underwater over the last 30 years. For National Geographic, Skerry has covered a wide range of stories, from the harp seal’s struggle to survive in frozen waters to the alarming decrease in the world’s fisheries. Skerry has had images featured in publications worldwide, including People, Sports Illustrated, US News and World Report, BBC Wildlife, GEO, Smithsonian, Playboy, Esquire, Audubon and Men’s Journal. He is also the author/photographer of five books. His latest monograph, Ocean Soul, was released in 2011. Skerry frequently lectures on photography and conservation issues, and has presented at venues such as TED Talks, Harvard University, The National Press Club, the Royal Geographical Society and the Sydney Opera House. He is also a regular guest on television programs such as NBC’s TODAY Show, CBS Sunday Morning, and ABC’s Good Morning America. Recognition for his work includes awards from organizations and competitions such as Pictures Of The Year International (POYi), BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Nature’s Best and Communication Arts. In 2010, National Geographic included one of his images among their 50 Greatest Photographs of All Time. Single photographer exhibits of his work have been held at Visa Pour l’Image in Perpignan, France; The G2 Gallery in Los Angeles; and the National Geographic Museum in Washington, DC. His exhibit, Portraits of Planet Ocean, opened at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC, in September 2013. He is a founding fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers (ILCP), Explorer-In-Residence for The New England Aquarium, a Marine Conservation Fellow with Conservation International, a National Council member for World Wildlife Fund, and a board member for the Sea To Shore Alliance. In 2012, Skerry created the New England Ocean Odyssey, a 5-year project with the Conservation Law Foundation to photograph marine wildlife in New England waters.