“Coming home to New England to undertake this project has special meaning for me. While I have dived here all my life, the New England Ocean Odyssey is an opportunity to bring my fellow New Englanders along with me and show them that our ocean is every bit as thrilling and surprising and beautiful as seemingly more exotic locales. I’m excited to be working with CLF to help raise awareness of both the amazing riches of New England’s ocean and the very real issues facing it, and to advance their efforts to sustain it for future generations.” – Brian Skerry

Brian Skerry is praised worldwide for his aesthetic sense as well as his journalistic drive for relevance. His images tell stories that not only celebrate the mystery and beauty of the sea, but also help bring attention to the large number of issues that endanger our oceans and their inhabitants.

Unique within the field of underwater photography is Skerry’s ability to pursue subjects of great diversity. He typically spends eight months each year in the field and frequently finds himself in environments of extreme contrast, from tropical coral reefs to beneath polar ice. While on assignment, he has lived on the bottom of the sea, spent months aboard fishing boats and traveled in everything from snowmobiles to canoes to the Goodyear Blimp to get the picture. He has spent more than 10,000 hours underwater over the last thirty years.

A contributing photographer for National Geographic Magazine since 1998, 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, both cover stories.  Other NGM features have focused on subjects such as the planet’s last remaining pristine coral reefs, the plight of the right whale, sharks of the Bahamas, marine reserves, sea turtles and squid.

Skerry has also worked on assignment for or had images featured in magazines such as Sports Illustrated, US News and World Report, BBC Wildlife, GEO, Smithsonian, Esquire, Audubon, Men’s Journal and in countless publications worldwide. His latest book, a 160-photo monograph entitled Ocean Soul, was published in 2011.

Skerry is a passionate ocean advocate whose awe-inspiring stories of close encounters with marine life make him a sought-after speaker. He has presented at such esteemed venues such as TED Talks, Harvard University, The National Press Club in Washington, DC and the Royal Geographical Society in London, and is also a regular guest on programs such as NBC’s Today Show, CBS’s Sunday Morning, and ABC’s Good Morning America.

After three decades of exploring the world’s oceans, Skerry continues to pursue stories that will increase awareness about the sea. “The oceans are in trouble. There are some serious problems out there that I believe are not clear to many people. My hope is to continually find new ways of creating images and stories that both celebrate the sea yet also highlight environmental problems. Photography can be a powerful instrument for change.”