Several weeks ago we were pleased to welcome George Steinmetz – award-winning photographer for National Geographic – to our Marine Discovery Centre, as part of his latest global assignment – ‘Why The Seas Rise’.

George is best known for his distinctive style of exploration photography – remote deserts, obscure cultures, the mysteries of science – often while piloting his motorised paraglider, which enables him to capture unique images of the world, inaccessible by traditional methods. Unfortunately, he was unable to bring his paraglider on this trip, but hopes to return one day to capture the Maldivian seascape from the air. The distinctive geography of atolls and turquoise lagoons that make up this island archipelago is certainly the most captivating of features – a world-class tourist destination lending itself perfectly to George’s unique style of aerial photography.

Born in Los Angeles in 1957, George graduated in Geophysics from Stanford University and, following an inspiring 28-month trek across Africa, began a career in photography. Since 1986 he has completed more than 50 major photo essays for National Geographic (USA) and GEO Magazine (Germany), collecting numerous awards along the way including two first prizes from World Press Photo.

George has kindly allowed us to exhibit some of his photographs here on Marine Savers. You can watch an excellent slideshow below, as he documents our Reefscapers coral frame maintenance work at Kuda Huraa. See more of George’s photography on his official website and Vimeo channel. Thanks again George, and in the future if you’re ever flying over these tiny islands in your paraglider, be sure to give us a wave – we’d love to welcome you back again!