Secrets of Stunning Ocean Photography

Photograph by Kevin McCarthy, National Geographic Your Shot

“Only about two percent of the ocean is currently protected,” says National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Dr. Enric Sala. “The rest is being disrupted by overfishing, pollution, climate change, and species extinctions. We need to do something to change that.”

In this Weekly Wrap, an audio show that goes inside the minds of our photographers and staff, Enric talks about his life’s mission to save the last wild places in the oceans through the Pristine Seas project, and reveals what it takes to be a great underwater photographer.

He also offers tips on making and submitting your best ocean images to the Pristine Seas assignment on Your Shot, which ends on May 23, 2016.

Before your pick just any photo though, remember the deeper message you want to convey. As Enric says, “The more we can get people to care about the ocean, the easier it will be to preserve it.”

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Meet the Author
Andrew Howley is a longtime contributor to the National Geographic blog, with a particular focus on archaeology and paleoanthropology generally, and ancient rock art in particular. In 2018 he became Communications Director at Adventure Scientists, founded by Nat Geo Explorer Gregg Treinish. Over 11 years at the National Geographic Society, Andrew worked in various ways to share the stories of NG explorers and grantees online. He also produced the Home Page of for several years, and helped manage the Society's Facebook page during its breakout year of 2010. He studied Anthropology with a focus on Archaeology from the College of William & Mary in Virginia. He has covered expeditions with NG Explorers-in-Residence Mike Fay, Enric Sala, and Lee Berger. His personal interests include painting, running, and reading about history. You can follow him on Twitter @anderhowl and on Instagram @andrewjhowley.