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Exposure Pro: Michael Aw

Underwater photographer and conservationist Michael Aw showcases his favourite images from Antarctica and beyond on Exposure Pro.

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1 of 15 © Michael Aw. Used with permission of Michael Aw. All rights reserved.

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Name: Michael Aw

Michael Aw

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Biography: Michael Aw is an internationally recognised wildlife photographer and conservationist, named by Outdoor Photography as one of the world's most influential nature photographers.

Michael is an active member of the Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers and a fellow international of the Explorers Club. Other members have included Sir Edmund Hillary, Roald Amundsen, Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, David Doubilet and Emory Kristof. He is also the project director of the Elysium Epic imagery expedition to document the flora and fauna of the Antarctic Peninsula to South Georgia, following in the footsteps of Sir Ernest Shackleton's 1914-17 Trans Antarctic Expedition.

With over 30 underwater photography books to his name, Michael is also the founder of Asian Geographic magazine and the Ocean N Environment charity.

Artistic statement

  1. Don't just take a photograph, compose a picture instead.
  2. Shoot from the heart.

Selected awards list

2012 International Book of the Year Palme D'or 39th World Underwater Pictures Festival for Global Treasures, 2010 Gold Diver: Portfolio award at 37th World Underwater Pictures Festival, 2010 recipient of the Wyland ICON award for Conservation, 2005 Shell Wildlife Photographer of the Year.

Video interview

More of Michael's work can be viewed on his website. Michael is a Lowepro ambassador. The Elysium Antarctic exhibition is on at the Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney, until 3 November 2013.

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2 of 15 © Michael Aw. Used with permission of Michael Aw. All rights reserved.

Seal

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3 of 15 © Michael Aw. Used with permission of Michael Aw. All rights reserved.

Antarctic land

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4 of 15 © Michael Aw. Used with permission of Michael Aw. All rights reserved.

Antarctic land

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5 of 15 © Michael Aw. Used with permission of Michael Aw. All rights reserved.

Sardine run, South Africa

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6 of 15 © Michael Aw. Used with permission of Michael Aw. All rights reserved.

Bryde Whale feeding on sardine baitball

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7 of 15 © Michael Aw. Used with permission of Michael Aw. All rights reserved.

Amphioctopus marginatus, also known as the coconut octopus

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8 of 15 © Michael Aw. Used with permission of Michael Aw. All rights reserved.

Dolphins feeding on sardines

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9 of 15 © Michael Aw. Used with permission of Michael Aw. All rights reserved.

Costa Rica

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10 of 15 © Michael Aw. Used with permission of Michael Aw. All rights reserved.
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11 of 15 © Michael Aw. Used with permission of Michael Aw. All rights reserved.

Dusky sharks feeding on sardines

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12 of 15 © Michael Aw. Used with permission of Michael Aw. All rights reserved.

Gannets feeding on sardines

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13 of 15 © Michael Aw. Used with permission of Michael Aw. All rights reserved.

Antarctic land

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14 of 15 © Michael Aw. Used with permission of Michael Aw. All rights reserved.
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15 of 15 © Michael Aw. Used with permission of Michael Aw. All rights reserved.

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