Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture

Ocean Arts & Culture in all its forms, is now being used to inspire, engage and build a conscious culture that views our world in a different light.

We Spotlight Ocean Authors, Ocean Filmmakers and Underwater Photographers, Artists and Musicians

We support their work in our Galleries, and by showcasing their cultural exhibits, festivals and any events that sponsor these creative Ocean Artists. Many of our Ocean Artists can be followed in the blogs that follow and most of these Authors, Artists, Photographers and Filmmakers have been part of the Blue Ocean Summit interviews.

Featured Art & Photo Galleries

Take a visual dive into the underwater world with these three featured Galleries (left); the first profiles the work of Big Animal photographer Amos Nachoum whom you ‘met’ at Blue Ocean Summit 2016 (BOS). The second gallery spotlights the spectacular underwater imagery of Burt Jones and Maureen Shimlock (BOS 2014) from their photo essays of Raja Ampat.  Our third gallery presents the amazing sculptural pieces of Courtney Mattison (BOS 2016). More Gallery Presentations and interviews with Ocean Artists are scheduled this year – sign up to our newsletter to make sure you don’t miss meeting these gifted change-makers.

Change the culture, change the world. Artists are central to social change.”
Artist Favianna Rodriguez

Powerful Images of Plastic Pollution Go Viral

Powerful Images of Plastic Pollution Go Viral

Creatives have been paying attention to the plight of the ocean and thanks to their keen observations and social media influence, these photos and videos have shone bright lights on the magnitude of the plastic pollution problem. By having their images go viral, these...

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Plastic Pollution

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Plastic Pollution

When we look at the good, the bad and the ugly of plastic pollution in our oceans, we unfortunately, find much more bad and ugly than good news. Like the ancient mariner who uttered “Until my Ghastly Tale is Told, This Heart Within Me Burns” we're going to tell the...

Marie Tharp is why we don’t have a Flat Ocean Society…

Marie Tharp is why we don’t have a Flat Ocean Society…

We celebrate trailblazing women who contribute to ocean science, a field that has been largely dominated by men. Case in point: Marie Tharp was the woman who mapped the ocean floor and discovered the Mid-Ocean Ranges, chains of moving mountains that disproved existing...

Blue Planet II is Critical TV Viewing!

Blue Planet II is Critical TV Viewing!

I hope that you plan to watch Blue Planet II, the BBC nature series presented and narrated by naturalist, Sir David Attenborough. Each beautiful episode features visuals produced over the course of four years. The footage includes 4000 dives on 125 expeditions shot in...

Viral Ocean Videos from 2017

Viral Ocean Videos from 2017

2017 was a year that produced some awesome images and videos that were both inspirational and heartbreaking. Millions of viewers shared these viral ocean videos. Here is our selection of ten videos, if you know of others pass them on to us. In Richard Attenborough’s...

National Geographic’s Encounter Ocean Odyssey

National Geographic’s Encounter Ocean Odyssey

So, a buddy says “I want to show you one of the most incredible diving experiences” and you say “sure let me grab my swim suit” and he says “you don’t need one” and he takes you to Times Square. You have got to be kidding? Of course you know lots of weird stuff goes...

The Prettiest Christmas Trees are Underwater!

The Prettiest Christmas Trees are Underwater!

Are we in the Christmas spirit yet? The malls are packed, none-stop Christmas carols on the radio, and it’s snowing where I live, so it should be a guaranteed white Christmas. Since we live in the country, we have a tradition that starts during the fall when we start...

Outlaw Ocean: Slavery on the High Seas

Outlaw Ocean: Slavery on the High Seas

152 years ago on December 18, 1865, human slavery was abolished in the United States, after the most brutal war in American history. The Amendment freed millions of slaves and ended the saddest chapter in American history, however it did not end slavery. That...

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