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Brian Skerry is a photojournalist and film producer specializing in marine wildlife and underwater environments. Since 1998 he has been a contributing photographer for National Geographic Magazine covering stories on every continent and in nearly every ocean habitat. In 2014 he was named as a National Geographic Society Photography Fellow and then named a National Geographic Society Storytelling Fellow in 2017. In 2017 he was also awarded the title of Rolex National Geographic Explorer of the Year.
For National Geographic Magazine, Brian has produced 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 to dolphin intelligence, all cover stories. A fourth cover story, in February 2017 focused on protecting ocean ecosystems in US waters and during this coverage Brian produced the first images of a sitting US President underwater. He is currently at work on his 29th story for NGM.
Brian’s work has also been featured in publications such as The NY Times, The Washington Post, Paris Match, Esquire, and Audubon. He is the author of 12 books including the acclaimed monographs Ocean Soul and SHARK. His latest book, Secrets of the Whales was released in April 2021 by National Geographic as part of a multiplatform project he created that includes a cover story in the May 2021 issue of National Geographic magazine and a 4-part documentary film series now streaming on Disney +.
Brian is an 11-time award winner in the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition and has also been recognized with awards from Pictures of the Year International, Nature’s Best and Communication Arts. He the only photographer to win the coveted Peter Benchley Award for Excellence in Media. In 2010 National Geographic magazine named one of Brian’s images among their 50 Greatest Photographs of All Time and in 2016 he was awarded the National Geographic Photographer’s Photographer Award, an honor bestowed by his colleagues, other National Geographic photographers. The Academy of Underwater Arts and Sciences awarded Brian the 2019 NOGI Award for Arts, an award frequently referred to as the ‘Underwater Oscar’ and in 2020 he received the President’s Award from the Conservation Law Foundation. In May 2021 he was awarded the Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, from Worcester State University in Massachusetts.
Brian frequently lectures on ocean exploration, storytelling and conservation having presented at venues such as The United Nations General Assembly, The World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, TED Talks, The National Press Club in Washington, DC, The Royal Geographical Society in London and the Sydney Opera House in Australia.
He has had numerous solo photographer exhibits including Portraits of Planet Ocean, a two-year exhibit at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington DC and Ocean Soul at Visa pour l’image in Perpignan, France. Other exhibits of his work have been held in cities worldwide including Geneva, Barcelona, Lisbon, and Shanghai. Brian is the Explorer-In-Residence and a Trustee at the New England Aquarium, a founding member of the International League of Conservation Photographers and a Fellow National of The Explorers Club. He also serves as a Nikon Ambassador.
“If you focus on beauty, beauty will surround you”
Originally from Paris, where she began her formal studies in art, Joëlle Chicheportiche Perz embarked on a worldwide quest with a paintbrush in her suitcase and the vision of an artist in her heart.
After acquiring her Fine Art and Art History education at the University of Aix-en-Provence, she went to study mural painting in Mexico and printmaking in San Francisco.
In 1975, one of her paintings won first prize at the International Year of the Woman event, the first of numerous awards she has received over the years.
Her unwavering appetite for learning and experimenting lead her to deepen her knowledge of colors and recently to paint on carved wood, a unique technique combining both her experience in painting and printmaking. Beyond techniques, her paintings reflect an intimate joy for color, light and a poetic approach to reality.
Attracted by the merging of cultures in a place where nature is still in the making Joëlle has been residing on Maui since 1982, the place she now calls home with its peaceful, yet inspirational and vital environment for working.
In 1989, Joëlle was one of the founders of Viewpoints Gallery of which she is presently the Art Director. Introducing shows that make Art an integrated part of her community and displaying it masterfully has been a big part of her artistic endeavors.
Her efforts and achievements in this field led her to be asked to install Art Maui show at the Schaefer International Gallery at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center for the past 3 years.
“When it comes to style, labels and categorizations simply slide off her shoulders, and a unique blend of tradition and creativity comes to mind. She is free to produce the most expressive, refined statement with the delicate touch of a master, giving the viewer a fundamental feeling of peace.”
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