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AMOS NACHOUM

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President of BigAnimals Expeditions, but first and foremost an explorer and a guide. Over the years, he’s had the honor of leading many great expeditions for individual adventurers, and institutions like Apple, IBM, Microsoft, Discovery Channel, Armani, Disney, Colombia Pictures, and of course, National Geographic, with whom he was team leader for separate photo expeditions to document the Red Sea, Great White Sharks, and Killer Whales.

A photographer, his photos and essays have appeared in hundreds of publications around the globe, including National Geographic, Time, Life, The New York Times, Condé Nast Traveler, Le Figaro, Terra Sauvage, Airone, Mondo Somerso, Der Spiegel, Unterwasser, and many more. His work has also been included in the books The Living Ocean, The World of Nature, and Oceans. He has been profiled in television appearances on National Geographic Explorer, Today, and Good Morning America, as well as featured in People, Esquire, and Money magazines. Amos’s photography has won Nikon, Communication Arts, and BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards.

Above all else, Amos is loves people as much as he does wildlife, and his concern for both inspired him to co-found Israel’s Marine National Park on the Red Sea. His interest in conservation stretches well beyond sharks, and he is always looking to bring attention to the most fragile regions of the underwater realm, with preservation of the environment foremost in his mind. His favorite way to raise awareness and stimulate passion for the ocean is to take guests out to experience it first-hand, but for those not able to join him on his adventures, he uses his camera to bring the oceans to the world. He also enjoys sharing his knowledge of the world with people through public speaking engagements.

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AMANDA COTTON

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Professional Nikon Photographer specializing in underwater imagery. As an avid scuba diver and ocean enthusiast, Amanda’s goal is to help the general public embrace the beauty below the waves, in hopes that with awareness comes concern. The conservation and preservation of this ecosystem is of the highest priority to Amanda. While she enjoys owning and operating a conservation-minded design/media company, A COTTON PHOTO Creative Works LLC, Amanda takes great pride in working with like-minded organizations that genuinely care about the planet and its inhabitants, both above and below the waves.

She received her Bachelor of Arts in Professional Photography while attending Brooks Institute of Photography, where she participated in the highly acclaimed Underseas Program established by Ernie Brooks. Amanda currently works as a correspondent and field editor for Ocean Geographic magazine covering environmental and marine conservation issues.

She has received numerous awards for her photography including several from the International Photographers Awards (IPA), Celebrate The Sea, Underwater Photography Annual Awards, and many others. Amanda is honored to be a Member of The Women Divers Hall of Fame; The Explorers Club; a member of OAS (Ocean Artists Society), NPS (Nikon Professional Services) and PPA (Professional Photographers of America).

Amanda’s imagery has been published in major publications and news sources worldwide including National Geographic, Discovery, Smithsonian Magazine, Times Publishing, CNN, Scuba Diving Magazine, Sport Diver Magazine, Natural History Magazine, Earthweek, and Science Daily; as well as many international dive industry advertising campaigns. Working with organizations such as Scholastic Books, The Conservation Fund, Consortium For Ocean Leadership, Women Diver’s Hall of Fame, Marine Life Protection Act, and Rourke Publishing has allowed her imagery to have a positive impact on the oceans through education and outreach programs designed to improve awareness toward the plight the oceans now face. (click here to see her gallery)

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Ofer Ketter

Ofer “El Oso” Ketter

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OFER “EL OSO” KETTER

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As a certified dive master, submersible pilot and professional globetrotter, Ofer has experienced the world from every angle while visiting over 40 countries and all seven continents. His adventures include documentary filmmaking, circumnavigating the globe aboard a super-yacht, and working as a private travel designer. Another highlight: visiting the Geographic South Pole and Vostok Station, the Russian scientific research center in Antarctica. One of Ofer’s wildest exploits involves solo-piloting a submersible into a flooded volcanic crater in the Galapagos Islands. After serving as a First Lieutenant in the Israeli Defense Forces, Ofer dedicated his entire career to organizing exotic expeditions to some of the earth’s most uncharted reaches. Still on his to do list: learn how to fly a helicopter. While exploring is in his DNA, Ofer finds happiness on Sunday mornings spent at the beach with his family. He’d loved to be remembered as the guy who did everything he was told could not be done and fulfilling his dreams without breaking his principals.

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NICK LEBEOUF

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Nick LeBeouf With over a decade of experience leading California & Baja expeditions, Nick LeBeouf specializes in safely getting you close to the world’s biggest animals.

Nick has worked with the BBC, Discovery Channel, Outside Magazine, IMAX, national newspapers, and founded a scuba company in San Diego where he holds 20 specialty diver certifications. Nick works with his partner,Kyle McBurnie (Bio below), and in their own words,

“We pride ourselves in our expeditions. With a thorough understanding of our environment and the animals we work with, we can ensure an elite level of safety – both for our guests as well as the animals. We believe an expedition should be more than simply getting close to an amazing animal.

A great expedition should be an enlightening experience – what begins as a sense of wonder and excitement should evolve into an understanding, a respect, and a compassion for the animal.  It is in this transformation that you create for yourself a wholesome experience you won’t be able to forget.”

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Lesley Rochat

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LESLEY ROCHAT

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Marine and shark conservationist, filmmaker, photographer, environmental writer, inspirational speaker, campaigner, author and activist.

I am very excited to be leading this incredible adventure. My goal as your trip leader is to provide you with an amazing experience. Are you comfortable and at ease in the water with sharks and ocean giants? Are you working with wide angle lenses? What are your top goals for this trip? Let me offer my expertise to you as we immerse ourselves with these incredible animals.

History – Lesley is a PADI Divemaster, also known as the Shark Warrior, began photography when one only had 36 frames to get a good shot. Her first camera was a Pentax K1000 and she converted a room in her home into a dark room where she lost herself for hours. She made the progression to Nikon and underwater photography a couple of decades ago and began travelling extensively, becoming a well published environmental and dive-travel photojournalist, bringing both the beauty as well as the plight of the oceans to public attention through her images and articles.

Apart from her many awards and accolades, including being an inductee of the Women Divers Hall of Fame, and an inductee of Ocean Artist Society, she has been nominated for a second time for the prestigious Africa’s Most Influential Women in Business and Government Awards. Given her growing concern for the marine environment in 2003 she packed up a successful corporate career and founded AfriOceans Conservation Alliance, a non-profit organization based in Cape Town, South Africa, for which she is the CEO and principal photographer. Under her leadership, AfriOceans successfully drives education, awareness and lobbying initiatives. This PANDA award-winning documentary filmmaker is also the CEO of Blue Pulse Pictures, her production company for which she produces and directs ocean focused awareness films.

Through Shark Warrior Adventures, Lesley nurtures the next generation of conservationists in her environmental journalism, conservation photography and filmmaking internships. She also leads photographic expeditions, both land and sea, specializing in African destinations. Her aim is to assist others in developing skills and knowledge in photography and film in order to raise global awareness for those who cannot speak.

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Jennifer Idol

Jennifer Idol

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JENNIFER IDOL

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Award-winning underwater photographer, graphic designer, public speaker, and author who shares compelling narratives of the natural world. Visit uwDesigner.com to learn more about Jennifer.

I’m thrilled to lead exclusive trips for Big Animals Global Expeditions. I aim to provide an experience worth remembering and to help you with your goals for your trips. Every trip should be as transparent and easily communicated as possible so you can focus on the wildlife and have the best encounters possible.

As a native Texan who flew over the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, she was moved to raise awareness of the value and importance of local waters by completing a five-year quest in which she became the first woman to dive all 50 states. She shared her journey in An American Immersion, a photographic and narrative book published by Best Publishing Company.

She has been diving for 24 years and earned more than 29 certifications, including as an instructor for the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI), the world’s leading scuba diver training organization. She is a PADI Ambassadiver, committed to elevating diving in global communities. Through her training and affiliation with the Ozark Cave Diving Alliance (OCDA), Jennifer includes underwater caves in her narrative of fresh water.

Jennifer is also a member of the Ocean Artist’s Society, dedicated to using ocean art to inspire people around the world to a greater awareness of our need to foster a healthy planet. Her photography and articles have been widely published in media that includes BBC Earth, DIVER, SCUBA Diving, Alert Diver, and Sport Diver. Her photography of salmon sharks and Alaskan moon jellies has been recently awarded in the international photo competitions with Beneath the Sea and Ocean Geographic’s Pictures of the Year.

 

 

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