Paul Nicklen

SeaLegacy  Board   |   Storytellers   |  

Co-Founder and Lead Storyteller

“The art I create is always in service to the ocean as I attempt to do its beauty justice through my lens. If I can inspire people to care enough to protect it, then maybe we can finally give our planet the respect it deserves and safeguard its future.”

paulnicklen Paul Nicklen

Paul Nicklen is a Canadian photographer, filmmaker, and marine biologist who has documented the beauty and the plight of our planet for over twenty-five years. He was inducted into the International Photography Hall of Fame in 2019 and, in that same year, was appointed to the Order of Canada. He has placed first in the World Press Photo’s Nature Stories category four times and was named Wildlife Photographer of the Year in 2012. 

In 2014, Nicklen co-founded SeaLegacy, a non-profit organization that propelled ocean conservation onto the world stage through the power of visual storytelling, impact campaigns and the funding of sustainability projects. 

In addition to being one of the world’s most acclaimed conservation photographers, Nicklen is a sought-after speaker, author, and National Geographic Fellow and has shared stories from his adventures in several TED Talks. In the past two decades, Nicklen has collaborated with scientists, filmmakers, conservationists and explorers to create awareness and inspire action for global issues like climate change.

In 2020, he received the Arts award from NOGI, the oldest and most prestigious award in the recreational diving world. He is a Sony Artisan of Imagery and has honorary degrees from both the University of Victoria and Simon Fraser University.

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