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Michael AW

Professional Accreditations

MBIM Royal British Institute of Marketing (CIM)
AAMI Australian Marketing Institute Associate
AIMM Australian Institute of Management
BA (Econ) Bristol  U.K.
Honorary Technical Assistant - Queensland Museum :
Honorary Associate - Australian Museum
Senior Fellow International League of Conservation Photographer
Fellow The Explorer Club NY
SCUBA Instructor Trainer NAUI # 11245L Life member
International Scuba Instructor NAUI,CMAS,SSI



Fellow Explorer Club NY – www.explorers.org
Senior Fellow International League of Underwater Photographers – www.ILCP.com

Michael AW is an author, explorer and conservation photographer. His accolades include winning more than 65 international photographic awards and being named as one of the world’s most influential nature photographers by Outdoor Photography. In 2013 he was the first Asian to be awarded a NOGI by the American Academy of Underwater Arts and Science.

 In 2012, Michael’s ‘Indonesia’s Global Treasures’ won the International Prize for Best Book of the Year at the World Underwater Pictures Festival (Festival Mondial de l'Image Sous Marine). This artistic book category yielded entries from a host of international authors and photographers including books published by media powerhouses from UK, Germany, Singapore, USA and France. “Global Treasures” received the Palme d'Or (Gold) award.  Michael is the first to have won this prestigious award twice; the first was for “Heart of the Ocean” in 2009.

 Michael AW’s essays and pictures have been published in BBC Wildlife, National Geographic, the Smithsonian, Nature, Ocean Geographic, Asian Geographic, Nature Focus, Times, and Discovery to name but a few. In 2010 he won the the prestigious Gold Diver award for the highly contested Portfolio category at the World Festival of Underwater Pictures in France. This is the first time an Asian has won this category. He is also a recipient of three awards from the Natural History Museum BBC Photographer of the Year Wildlife Competition in 2000, 2010 and in 2006 he won the Best Winner award in the underwater category.  In 2008 Stan Waterman conferred Michael with the Peter Benchley Shark Conservation Award from Sharks Research Institute in recognition of his highly-effective and unrelenting campaign against shark fin soup consumption in the Asia Pacific region. Michael is also a recipient of the prestigious WYLAND ICON award for Conservation in 2011 and in 2012 he was presented the Diver of the Year Award at the Beneath the Sea Festival in New Jersey.   

 Michael remains today, an active member of the Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers and a Fellow International of The Explorer Club NY. Some of the most prominent Fellows are Sir Edmund Hillary, Roald Amundsen, Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, David Doubilet, Emory Kristof and Sylvia Earle. 

In 2015 Michael was the project director for the Elysium Epic imagery expedition with 65 of the world’s most well-known and respected photographers, videographers, explorers, artists, and scientists, such as Dr. Sylvia Earle, David Doubilet, Jennifer Hayes, Ernie Brooks, Michael AW, Dr Cabell Davis, Howard Shaw, Wyland, and Leandro Blanco to the High Arctic of Svalbard and Greenland to create a multi-faceted interpretation of the Arctic in order to inspire greater appreciation, understanding, and love for this critically important region of our planet, while drawing attention to the impacts of climate change. Through the projects’ photos, paintings, science, art installations, videos, music, and educational outreach programs, he hope to reach out to people around the globe, including government decision-makers and other influencers, to better understand the importance of the Arctic. www.ElysiumEpic.org

Michael AW is the founder of OceanNEnvironment, a charity organization registered with Environment Australia.

“Beneath Bunaken”(1993) was his first book and Essential Digital Underwater Photography MASTERCLASS (2014)  is his 31st

 Michael remains today, an active member of the Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers and the Fellow International of The Explorer Club NY. Fellow  members include Sir Edmund Hillary, Roald Amundsen, Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, David Doubilet, Emory Kristof, to name a few.

Michael is also project director of the Elysium Epic imagery expedition with 57 team members comprising the world’s best image makers and scientists, to document the flora and fauna for a movie and climate change index from the Antarctic Peninsula to South Georgia, following in the footsteps of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s 1914-17 Trans Antarctic Expedition. (www.ElysiumEpic.org) Michael AW is the founder of OceanNEnvironment, acharity organization registered with Environment Australia. Michael AW also founded Asian Geographic magazine in 1998.

 

Published Work

"Sharing with Sharks" - National Geographic In a surprising interaction at sea, colossal whale sharks home in on...
"Journey to Atlantis" - Ocean Geographic I have always wondered what the ocean was like 50 years ago, back...
article thumbnailMichael AW – selected as one of 40 world’s Most Influential Nature’s Photographer Outdoor Photographers ...
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Brunei bans shark trade at Celebrate the Sea Festival 2013 Celebrate the Sea 2013 (7 – 9 June) was perhaps...
Report by Michael AW Together with Marie Levine of Sharks Research Institute,  I was at the 16th meeting of...
Premiere Exhibition at the Australian National Maritime Museum13 April to 3 November 2013. February 2010, a...
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