Global Perspectives Guest Speaker
Ben Cropp is a renowned filmmaker and explorer who has produced some 150 marine and wildlife adventure documentaries that have been televised throughout the world. He has discovered over 100 shipwrecks, including the 1977 discovery of Pandora, Australia’s most important shipwreck.
His undersea career began with spear fishing. He won six Australian spear fishing titles and represented Australia at the world titles. In 1962 he swapped his spear gun for a camera. His first films were on shark hunting, highly successful, and sold worldwide.
In 1964 he won the coveted world underwater Photographer of the Year, following in the footsteps of Hans Hass and Jacques Cousteau, and it was this year that launched him into the U.S. market. He became the first Australian producer to sell to U.S. television networks.
His home is at Port Douglas, Queensland, close to the Great Barrier Reef. His two sons, Dean and Adam, have grown up on his numerous older films and today are professional cameramen.
In 1999 he was awarded an Order of Australia AM for his marine and coastal conservation work and promotion and awareness of the Australian marine environment as a documentary filmmaker. In 2000 he was inducted into the International Scuba Divers Hall of Fame.
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