Underwater Photographer. Whale Whisperer. National Geographic Fellow.
Brian Skerry is a master visual storyteller specializing in marine wildlife and underwater environments. Since 1998 he has been a contributing photographer for National Geographic, where he was named “Rolex National Geographic Explorer of the Year” and Storytelling Fellow in 2017, and Photography Fellow in 2014. One of his images has also been featured among Nat Geo’s “50 Greatest Photographs of All Time.” Beyond Nat Geo, Brian is an 11-time winner of the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition and he serves as Explorer-In-Residence and a Trustee at the New England Aquarium; he was a founding member of the International League of Conservation Photographers; he’s a Fellow of The Explorers Club, and he contributes leadership and guidance to the World Wildlife Fund, Conservation International, and other NGOs committed to preserving the blue heart of our planet.
Brian’s iconic images of marine life and habitats off the coasts of all 7 continents have appeared in Sports Illustrated, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Paris Match, Esquire, and Audubon, and others. He has also shared his work with the world in 13 books including the acclaimed monographs Ocean Soul, SHARK, and his most recent book, Secrets of the Whales, which has a companion TV series streaming on Disney+, co-created with Academy Award-winner and executive producer, James Cameron, and narrated by Sigourney Weaver. This book and series offers bold new insights into the lives of the world’s largest mammals and their complex societies. Brian shows us that whales share an uncanny ability to learn and adapt to opportunities, from specialized feeding strategies to parenting techniques. There is also evidence of whale culture, from unique dialects to matrilineal societies, to how they express grief, to how they play; by organizing singing contests..
Brian has taken the stage and stirred hearts and minds at the UN General Assembly, The World Economic Forum, several TED stages, The National Press Club, The Royal Geographical Society in London, the Sydney Opera House, and the boardrooms of Fortune 100 companies worldwide. Contact us to bring this magic to your audience!
Photographer Brian Skerry shoots life above and below the waves, documenting—as he puts it—both the horror and the magic of the ocean. Through compelling images and video footage, Brian shows how powerful visuals can help reveal the larger story and spark change. Over more than two decades, as a prolific National Geographic photographer, Brian’s work has evolved from a purely natural history focus to highlighting key problems, including: overfishing, climate change, and the striking loss of biodiversity. His images also reveal a hidden world of wonder as he reintroduces us to a wide variety of species, showing how apex predators are critical for a healthy ecosystem, how whales have so much to teach us, and how connected we terrestrial beings are to what happens beneath the waves. In short, Brian brings into sharp focus the pivotal moment at which we find ourselves in history—a time when we understand the problems, know the solutions, and simply need to summon the will to act.
Photos: courtesy Brian Skerry