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

A Group of Ocean Writers No Longer Lost at Sea.

A Group of Ocean Writers No Longer Lost at Sea.

Ocean lovers are book lovers, yet their favorite book genre has been poorly represented - until now. A new writers guild has been formed as a safe harbor for a growing number of authors who write about what we all love - our seas and our experiences on, by and beneath...

Summit 2015: Global Perspectives

Summit 2015: Global Perspectives

The unprecedented environmental ocean issues impacting our Blue Planet today: Climate Change, Ocean Acidification, Species Extinction and Pollution are issues that are numbing in their complexity and size, and can only be addressed with a Global Response. Blue Ocean...

Dive Resorts as Guardians of the Sea – Stan Waterman

Dive Resorts as Guardians of the Sea – Stan Waterman

“I’m going on 93, I am more aware than I have ever been all through my life of what a beautiful planet we still have and the peril in which it stands.” ~ Stan Waterman   Eight decades of exploration and knowledgeable humour have made Stan Waterman a star of the...

Thru the Lens of Conservation – Michele Westmorland

Thru the Lens of Conservation – Michele Westmorland

“I believe in the power of imagery to motivate stewardship and protection of the fragile underwater world. It is equally important to connect with the indigenouspeoples of the world – man is, in fact, a part of nature.” ~ Michele Westmorland Michele Westmorland is a...

Summit 2015:  Ocean Issues – Consumption, Sea Level Rise, Plastic, Climate Change

Dive Destinations Underwater – John Englander

“We need to be good stewards of the earth…and look at the world in majesty and miracle. We need to recognize we’re part of this ecosystem…we’re not in control of it.” ~ John Englander “we're past the point of stopping [sea level rise].” For many years, climate change...

Summit 2015, Ocean Views – Creatives tackle the underwater issues Film, Photography, Books, Cartoons

Diving into the Veins of Mother Earth – Jill Heinerth

“I think if we stop yelling at people and start empowering them with information, then the result’s going to be a whole lot better.” “we’ve got to make it cool and inclusive to be environmentally respectful.” ~ Jill Heinerth   Jill Heinerth says that she is not a...

Leadership in the Blue Frontier – David Helvarg

Leadership in the Blue Frontier – David Helvarg

“We get so much from the ocean in terms of recreation, transportation, trade, energy, protein, medicinal values and spiritual values, that sense of awe and wonder being part of something bigger than ourself, that we really need to get organized and give something...

Banner Image © Jones/Shimlock—Secret Sea Visions