Biography | Richard Smith
DR RICHARD SMITH combines an in-depth academic knowledge of the marine environment with a unique skill for capturing stunning images. The result is a wide and varied portfolio documenting this seldom-seen habitat. His aim is to educate and impassion people about the sea through his images.
Richard learnt to dive in 1996 and has since logged over 2500 dives and training up to Dive Master status. Diving allows Richard to indulge his love of natural history and through his skills as a photographer he is able to communicate his love to a wider audience. Richard graduated with a BSc (Hons) degree in Zoology from the University of Southampton, England in 2002 and an MSc in Ecology and Evolution from the University of Queensland, Australia in 2005, for which he was also awarded the Dean’s Commendation for High Achievement. Combining this academic knowledge of the ocean's environments with his photographic skills, Richard is able to document the marine habitats with unique and stunning images.
In 2007 Richard began researching for his PhD on the biology and conservation of pygmy seahorses. His doctorate was awarded in April 2011. His work focuses on the gorgonian associated species, Denise’s (Hippocampus denise) and Bargibant’s pygmy seahorses (Hippocampus bargibanti). Please browse his ‘Pygmy Seahorse Research’ blog for more information about these amazing diminutive fish. This work has been carried out with much appreciated support from Wakatobi Dive Resort, Murex Dive Resort and Walea Dive Resort.
Richard has written dozens of articles published internationally with a primary focus on conservation, marine life and scuba related travel, for magazines including: Sport Diving (Australia), Alert Diver (USA), Asian Diver (Singapore), Scuba Diver AustralAsia, Australian Geographic, Sport Diver (UK), Dive Chronicles (USA), FiNS (Singapore), Marine Conservation Society (UK), DivePhotoGuide (online) Outdoor Adventure (UK), 72 & Rising (Online) and has contributed images to Rough Guides Books and the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Richard also supports conservation initiatives such as ARKive, The Zoological Society of London and EDGE of Existence (Evolutionarily Distinct and Globally Endangered) with images.
Some of the locations that Richard has dived and photographed include: Australia (extensively on west, south and east coasts), Indonesia (Raja Ampat, Sulawesi, Komodo, Alor, Flores, Ambon and Bali), Papua New Guinea (Milne Bay, New Britain and New Hanover), Maldives, Micronesia (Palau and Yap), the Galapagos Islands, Cocos Island, Guadalupe Island Mexico, Sea of Cortez, Caribbean (Cayman Brac, Cozumel, Florida and the Turks and Caicos Islands), French Polynesia and the Red Sea. Online galleries can be browsed in the 'Photo Gallery' section.
All photographs featured on this website are available to buy as stock for editorial or advertising purposes on a worldwide basis. Richard's images are represented by the specialist wildlife and nature image library, NHPA (part of the Photoshot group). Richard is also available for commissions. Please contact Richard to discuss your requirements
Email :: Richard@OceanRealmImages.com
Telephone :: +44 (0) 771 214 0207
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