Amanda Cotton

Immersing herself in the world beneath the waves, Amanda Cotton stands out as a dedicated wildlife photographer and filmmaker with a distinct focus on the underwater realm. Her passion for the oceans drives her mission: to reveal the mesmerizing beauty that resides beneath the surface, aiming to awaken not just appreciation, but a profound sense of responsibility.

Amanda’s exceptional work has graced the pages of renowned publications and global news outlets, including National Geographic, BBC, and Discovery. Her lens has captured the hidden wonders of the ocean, showcased in the prestigious Smithsonian Magazine, Times Publishing, Scuba Diving Magazine, Sport Diver Magazine, Natural History Magazine, Earth Week, and Science Daily. Furthermore, her captivating visuals have lent their allure to international dive industry advertising and marketing campaigns.

Collaborating seamlessly with esteemed organizations such as Scholastic Books, The Conservation Fund, and the Consortium For Ocean Leadership, Amanda’s captivating imagery and eloquent prose have become catalysts for change. Her involvement with impactful initiatives like the Marine Life Protection Act and Rourke Publishing has ushered in a wave of education and outreach programs that foster heightened awareness about the challenges our oceans confront.

As a testament to her influence, her illustrious journey has been celebrated with her induction into the Women Divers Hall of Fame in 2015, an honor that solidifies her dedication to the underwater world and its preservation.


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.