Award-winning underwater photographer Nick Caloyianis will present a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at some of his groundbreaking film and research projects including the first-ever underwater encounter by man with a free-swimming Greenland shark, first-ever underwater footage of a Great White shark in Atlantic waters, and the first-ever underwater footage of Basking sharks in the Gulf of Maine.
Caloyianis’ still pictures have appeared in hundreds of national and international publications such as the highly popular summer read, “The Shark Handbook,” which he also co-authored with Greg Skomal, Ph.D. Over a span of 30 years his artistry has been honored with numerous awards, including an Oscar, Primetime Emmys and a NOGI in the Arts. He has directed and produced films for National Geographic and Discovery Channels, and has filmed for IMAX and Hollywood screens. He continues to collaborate with marine scientists not only to record their work, but to help them make their remarkable discoveries, and has used his visuals to lobby for the protection of sharks and the creation of undersea parks and sanctuaries. His company has been instrumental in raising funds to help restore marine habitats, and recently his visuals have helped gain awareness for much needed Federal protection of vital natural reefs, located in our mid-Atlantic waters offshore.
Caloyianis has been Coastal Studies Scholar David Conover’s primary underwater director of photography over the past 15 years. While at Bowdoin, he will work with students in Conover’s class, ‘Seashore Digital Diaries’ at the Bowdoin Marine Laboratory, kicking off a project on underwater filming.