Brian Skerry

National Geographic Photographer

Brian Skerry is a photojournalist specializing in marine wildlife and underwater environments.  Since 1998 he has been an assignment photographer for National Geographic magazine covering a wide range of subjects and stories.  An award-winning photographer, Brian is praised worldwide for his aesthetic sense as well as his journalistic drive for relevance.  His uniquely-creative 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 its inhabitants.

Unique within the field of underwater photography is Brian’s ability to pursue subjects of great diversity.  He typically spends eight months each year in the field and in the course of any given year frequently finds himself in environments of extreme contrast from tropical coral reefs to diving beneath Arctic 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 helicopters to get the picture.  He has spent more than 15,000 hours underwater over the last 30 years.  

For National Geographic magazine, Brian 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 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.  He has published eleven stories in National Geographic and has several new stories upcoming.  Brian has also worked on assignment for or had images featured in magazines such as People, Sports Illustrated, U.S. News and World Report, BBC Wildlife, GEO, Smithsonian, Playboy, Esquire, Audubon, Men's Journal and in countless publications worldwide. He is also the author/photographer of three books.  

Brian frequently lectures on photography and conservation issues having presented at venues such as Harvard University, The National Press Club in Washington, D.C. and the Royal Geographical Society in London.  He is also regularly interviewed on television having appeared on PBS, C-SPAN and on programs such as CBS Sunday Morning, ABC’s 20/20 and Good Morning America.

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