In February of 2008, the third annual Whale Quest symposium was held in Kapalua, Maui Hawaii. It was a three-day event organized by Whale Trust and sponsored by National Geographic.
Each day the worlds best nature photographers, movie -makers and researchers gathered to share information, network, debut films, and talk about whales. The event was open to the public, and more than 1000 people attended.
This was my second year participating as an artist, and it was an honor to display my B&W edition of whale portraits in front of the lecture hall and to donate $1,000 to Whale Trust. This NPO does a lot of good, and is run by people who are passionate about what they do.
During the event, I had the chance to hang out with marine photographers Flip Nicklan, Chuck Nicklan, David Doubilet, Paul Nicklan, & Doug Perrine. It was fun sharing stories, and talking about underwater photography.
All the presentations were well attended and informative. Two of them however blew my mind. One was a movie that showed sperm whales taking fish of long line fishing boats, and another was a slide show of the seals in Antarctica hunting penguins.
I would say that this years event was a success, and that a lot of earning took place and money was raised to continue current and start new research projects.
I hope to be invited back next year!
To view a sampling of my fine art whale portraits, click here