Michael Aw

Michael AW’s saturated colour imageries have earned him more than 61 international awards. In 2010, Outdoor Photography named Michael AW as one of the world’s most influential nature photographers. His essays and images have been featured in BBC Wildlife, National Geographic, the Smithsonian, Nature, Ocean GEOGRAPHIC, Asian Geographic, Nature Focus etc. In 2010 he also won the the prestigious Gold Diver award for the highly contested Portfolio category at the World Festival of Underwater Pictures in France. This is the first time an Asian has won this category. In 2011, Michael was a judge for the BBC Natural History Museum Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition – the world’s most prestigious Nature Photographic competition.

His book “Philippines- Heart of the Ocean”, was awarded the Palme D’or at the world FESTIVAL MONDIAL DE Images Sous Marine in France 2009. He is also a recipient of three awards from the Natural History Museum BBC Photographer of the Year Wildlife Competition in 2000, 2010 and in 2006 he won the Best Winner award in the underwater category. In 2008 Stan Waterman conferred Michael with the Peter Benchley Shark Conservation Award by Sharks Research Institute in recognition of his highly-effective and unrelenting campaign against shark fin soup consumption in the Asia Pacific region. Michael is also a recipient of the prestigious WYLAND ICON award for Conservation.

Michael is the project director of the Elysium Epic imagery expedition with 57 team members comprising of the world’s best image makers and scientists to document the flora and fauna for a movie and climate change index of the Antarctic Peninsula to South Georgia, following the footsteps of Sir Ernest Shackleton 1914-17 Trans Antarctic Expedition. Michael AW is the founder of OceanNEnvironment, a charity organization registered with Environment Australia. Michael is also the founder of Asian Geographic and Ocean Geographic.

Fellow International – The Explorer Club
Fellow – International League of Conservation Photographers