|His photographic art spans the grandiose to the intimate and has been on display in the DFW International Airport, in James Gallery in Pittsburgh, PA, and in the 2010 juried art show “Innovations” at Contents Interiors design center, Tucson, AZ. He participated as an Artist-in-Residence at Petrified Forest National Park in 2006.
Thomas won a Silver Award and two “Nominee Awards” in the 2008 International Masters Cup Aperture Awards, a prestigious online competition that recognizes excellence in color photography. His films for the BBC and the National Geographic Society have been honored with an Emmy nomination, a Gold Apple Award, and four Cine Golden Eagles. In 2010, Mountain Press Publishing released a greatly expanded edition of his children’s book HIDDEN LIFE OF THE DESERT, first published by Crown (1990), a title that made the John Burroughs List of Outstanding Nature Books for Young Readers. And as author/publisher of THE SOUTHWEST INSIDE OUT (Wild Horizons Publishing, 2001/2004/2010), Thomas has captured four top regional and national publishing honors.
He holds a PhD in ecology from Cornell, is Chief Scientific Advisor for the International Reptile Conservation Foundation, and serves as a member of the Species Survival Commission of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.
BARRY B. BROWN
|Avid outdoorsman and underwater photographer, Barry Brown has spent the last seven years documenting life above and below water in Curacao, Netherlands Antilles. Focusing on the island’s coral reefs, he has worked hand-in-hand with several businesses and environmental groups, including SECORE, a marine conservation organization based in the Netherlands. His images have graced the covers of DIVER, SPORT DIVER, and YOUR BIG BACKYARD, plus the interiors of many more magazines and books.
Stemming from his background in art, Barry spent years photographing nature and culture in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Among his favorite subjects were the nation’s largest motorcycle rally in Sturgis and tribal powwows of the Lakota Sioux.
Barry, his wife Aimee, and their loyal dogs Inca and Indie are enjoying an adventurous stay in Curacao. Aimee is a dedicated dolphin trainer and works for the Seaquarium there. She’s Barry’s sharp-eyed dive buddy and a master at finding photographic subjects.
The passion these two have for sharing their life and work with others is an inspiration to all who have had the pleasure of meeting them. We are honored to showcase the beauty, diversity, and intrigue of the underwater world through their eyes.
To read their daily blog, visit coralreefphotos.com