Eric Cheng, one of the world’s most celebrated underwater photographers, takes us on a journey deep below the surface of the ocean to explore the worlds of the deep.
About the speaker
Eric Cheng is an award-winning underwater photographer, aerial imager, and publisher. His underwater images have won contests such as the prestigious Nature’s Best Magazine photo competition, which has placed some of his work in the Smithsonian’s Natural History Museum. Eric’s photography has been seen in over a hundred magazines and books worldwide.
Eric is the publisher of Wetpixel, the premiere online community for underwater photographers. Hosting thousands registered underwater photographers internationally, Wetpixel’s friendly community offers breaking news, reviews, features, community forums, image galleries, photo contests, photo expeditions, and more. Eric previously co-launched Wetpixel Quarterly, a landscape print magazine featuring the best in underwater photography. In both online and print endeavors, Eric strives to provide a forum for photographers to share their work and discuss ocean-related issues, and in turn, educate viewers about the beauty and fragility of the marine ecosystem.
Caught between technical and creative worlds, Eric holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in computer science from Stanford University, where he also studied classical cello performance.
Through Wetpixel Expeditions, Eric leads regular photography expeditions and workshops around the world. He has given seminars and lectures internationally at events including TEDx, Photoshelter Luminance, CES, SXSW, AsiaD, DEMA, Boston Sea Rovers Clinic, and others. Eric is also involved in ocean conservation, and has been on the Board of Directors of Shark Savers and the Board of Advisors of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. He was also head photographer for Operation Musashi, Sea Shepherd’s 2008-2009 anti-whaling campaign in Antarctica, which was featured in season 2 of the hit TV show, Whale Wars.
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When I first took the camera under water, I derailed my life. — Eric Cheng
There's a rule for those of us who hunt for critters. That rule is: hairy is cool and rare. Anything you see that is hairy is going to excite a diver. — Eric Cheng