Posts Tagged 'photography'

Q&A with Photojournalist and Ocean Advocate Brian Skerry!

In advance of his special lecture at the Aquarium on March 18th, we chatted with photographer Brian Skerry about what inspired him to pursue a career in photojournalism and how his work inspires others to protect our oceans!

brian skerry photographer

What first interested you about photographing marine wildlife?
From a very young age, I was captivated by marine wildlife. There was something mysterious to me about the sea and the creatures that lived there and I had a great desire to spend time with these animals and learn more about them.

If you had to pick one subject to photograph for the rest of your life, what would you choose?
A difficult question for sure, but I think I would say sharks. For me, these animals represent the perfect blend of grace and power and I’ve never tired of photographing them.

brian skerry and shark - photography

If the folks who engaged with your photographs could take away one thing about our oceans and their future, what would you hope for it to be?
That Earth’s ocean is a very, very special place, but it needs our help to survive.

How have you seen the areas your work represents change in recent years?
I began simply wanting to make beautiful pictures of animals or places that interested me. While I still have this desire, I have seen many problems occurring in our ocean and I feel compelled to tell these stories too, as a way of effecting positive change.

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How does your new book, Ocean Soul, help to further your mission to increase protection of special ocean places?
A book has a long shelf-life so it can attract new readers over time. A book like this also allows me to tell my story; my journey of ocean exploration, the animals and places I’ve seen and how I have begun to connect the dots with species and ecosystems.

Join us for Brian Skerry’s Upcoming Lecture!

What: A lecture from “Ocean Soul: A Photojournalists Journey,” book signing to follow

When: March 18, 2014 at 7 pm EST

Where: National Aquarium
A livestream will also be available online.

To purchase tickets for this event, please visit aqua.org/lectures

Photo Re-cap: Instagram Takeover with Jeff Mauritzen!

Last week, we partnered with internationally-known photographer Jeff Mauritzen for our first-ever Instagram takeover!

Throughout the week, Jeff shared some of his favorite Aquarium photos from a recent photo shoot for Ranger Rick Magazine. Be sure to check out Jeff’s piece is Ranger Rick’s April 2014 issue!

Miss out on the fun from last week’s takeover? Here’s a full photo re-cap:

Like what you see? Be sure to connect with the National Aquarium and Jeff Mauritzen on Instagram! 

Instagram Takeover with Photographer Jeff Mauritzen!

Calling all photography-lovers! We’ve partnered with photographer Jeff Mauritzen to do our first Instagram takeover!

Jeff Mauritzen

Jeff travels the world on assignments with organizations like
National Geographic and the Smithsonian Institution!

All week Jeff will be sharing some of his favorite photos with our Instagram community! Many of these images were taken at a recent underwater shoot in our Atlantic Coral Reef exhibit. 

Follow National Aquarium on Instagram to see all of the amazing images Jeff  will be sharing with us this week!

Here’s a some more info on our guest ‘gram-er:

Jeff Mauritzen is a Washington, DC photographer specializing in commercial, nature and travel photography. He also serves as a naturalist and photography expert for National Geographic and the Smithsonian Institution.

Jeff’s unique and diverse skill set has taken him all over the world, from Kenya to Tanzania and the Galapagos!

Most recently, he visited the National Aquarium for an underwater photography assignment with Ranger Rick magazine. Make sure to check out the piece in their upcoming April 2014 issue.

We’re excited to see what incredible images Jeff has in store for us!

Our Favorite Fan Photos of 2013 pt. 2

Every year, over 1.3 million people visit the National Aquarium. Our visitors are able to witness and capture some amazing moments during the time they spend with us! As 2013 comes to a close, we’d like to share some of our favorite fan photos with you:

Do you have a great photo from a recent visit? Share them with us at social@aqua.org, or on FacebookTwitterFlickrInstagram and Google Plus

Our Favorite Fan Photos of 2013 pt. 1

Every year, over 1.3 million people visit the National Aquarium. Our visitors are able to witness and capture some amazing moments during the time they spend with us!

As 2013 comes to a close, we’d like to share some of our favorite fan photos with you:

Do you have a great photo from a recent visit? Share them with us at social@aqua.org, or on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Instagram and Google Plus


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