It’s been noted by several media channels in recent months that young people are watching more wildlife television than, say, X Factor—a most uplifting trend if you ask me. In light of these revelations, coupled with an advanced ability to capture moving and still imagery, the next generation of young conservationists and divers is absorbing what is some of the most breathtaking footage ever captured.
One such impressionable young shooter, Chris Schenker, is a prime example. Chris grew up with the likes of Steve Irwin and Jeff Corwin filling his rainy days, and is now studying marine science and applied physics at the University of Miami. Having learned to dive at 14, he took photography classes during the long winters in his home state of Massachusetts. Now living in Florida, he is able to get out on the water where he can meld his skills as scientist, diver, photographer and longtime ocean lover.
If only we could all turn our TV watching into such an inspiring journey. It just goes to show that underwater image-making has the ability to reach the future talent of ocean stewards, and is thus an important and beneficial contribution to the wellbeing of the planet.
A bohar snapper, Nothern Red Sea, Egypt
Julian’s Truck in the lower hole of the SS Thistlegorm, North Red Sea, Egypt
Soft coral in mangroves, Raja Ampat, Indonesia
A manatee calf looking at its reflection in the dome port, Three Sisters Springs, Florida
Split shot at sunset, Northern Red Sea, Egypt
Anemonefish, Tulamben, Bali, Indonesia
Hawksbill turtle, Misool, Indonesia
A pair of harlequin shrimp on the Liberty Wreck, Tulamben, Bali, Indonesia
Soft coral and silversides on the wreck of the Carnatic, Northern Red Sea, Egypt
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