Norbert Wu

Title
Photographer and Cinematographer
Address
Norbert Wu Productions
1065 Sinex Avenue
City, State, Zip
Pacific Grove, California 93950
Country
USA
E-mail
norb[at]norbertwu.com
Award Year
1999

Research

Project Details

Photo-Documentation of Some of the Most Pressing and Representative Marine Environmental Issues

From this body of work he will produce several major magazine articles, a web site and books for children and adults. In addition, Wu will create a library of images that can be used by the media and environmental organizations to stimulate interest in and support for conservation of the ocean environment.

Recognizing a lack of popular photography focusing on marine degradation and conservation, Wu has used his Pew Fellowship to conduct research and photo-document some of the most pressing and representative marine environmental issues, including the deterioration of coral reefs around the world and the collapse of global fisheries. From this body of work he will produce several major magazine articles, a web site and books for children and adults. In addition, Wu will create a library of images that can be used by the media and environmental organizations to stimulate interest in and support for conservation of the ocean environment.

Biography

Norbert Wu is a photographer, cinematographer and writer who specializes in marine issues. He has photographed in nearly every conceivable locale, ranging from the freezing waters of the Arctic and Antarctic to the coral reefs and jungles of the tropics. His writing and photography have appeared in thousands of books, films and magazines, including feature articles in Audubon, GEO, International Wildlife, Le Figaro, National Geographic, Omni, and the covers of GEO, Natural History, Time, and Terre Sauvage.

He is the author and photographer of eight books on wildlife and photography, the originator and photographer for several children's book series on the oceans and his photographic library of marine and topside wildlife is one of the most comprehensive in the world. His background includes degrees in electrical and mechanical engineering from Stanford University and doctoral studies at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

As an independent photographer and filmmaker, his projects support his commitment to ocean exploration, research and conservation. He co-authored the feature article on marine biodiversity in Encyclopaedia Britannica's 1996 Yearbook of Science and the Future, and was awarded National Science Foundation (NSF) Artists and Writers Grants to document wildlife and research in Antarctica in 1997, 1999, and 2000. His recent films include a high-definition television (HDTV) program on Antarctica's underwater world for PBS Nature. In March 2000, he was awarded the Antarctica Service Medal of the United States of America for his contributions to exploration and science in the U.S. Antarctic Program.

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EDUCATION

Master of Science, Stanford University
1985: Mechanical Engineering, California, USA

Bachelor of Science E.E., Stanford University
1983: Electrical Engineering-Computers, California, USA

KEY AWARDS & HONORS

Outstanding Photographer of the Year
2003: North American Nature Photographers Association

Antarctica Service Medal of the United States of America
2000

Award of Excellence
1999: Pictures of the Year

Third Place
1999: World Press Photo Contest

France
1999: Golden Visa nominee, Visa Pour L'image, World Festival of Photojournalism, Perpignan

Marine Fellow
1999: Pew Fellows Program in Marine Conservation

Photographer of the Year (Bronze)
1999: Society of American Travel Writers

Artists and Writers Grant
1997: National Science Foundation, Office of Polar Programs

Certificate of Commendation
1996: John Burroughs Association

ASSOCIATIONS

Advertising Photographers of America

American Society of Picture Professionals

Society of American Travel Writers

SELECT PUBLICATIONS

  • McAlpine, K., with photography by Norbert Wu. 2003. Diving the World. (Hugh Lauter Levin Associates ed.). (360 pp)
  • Wu, N. 2002. Coral reef action: sustaining communities worldwide. (ICRAN ed.). (Photographs)
  • Wu, N. 2002. Defending nature. The Pew Charitable Trusts (Photographs)
  • Wu, N. 2002. Oceans at risk: wasted catch and the destruction of ocean life. Oceana (Photographs)
  • Wu, N. 2002. Point lobos natural history association newsletter. (Photographs)
  • Wu, N. 2002. Professional Profiles series. Profile in FujiFilm
  • Wu, N. 2002. Science of marine reserves. (Photographs)
  • Taylor, L. and N. Wu. (eds.). 1999. Life in The Sea, a series of six books on the world's oceans. Lerner Books
  • Wu, N.. 1999. Under Antarctic Ice. National Geographic 195(2): 88
  • Taylor, L. and N. Wu. (eds.). 1998. Jellyfish. Lerner Books
  • Taylor, L. and N. Wu (eds.). 1997. Creeps from the Deep. Chronicle Books, San Francisco. (45 pp)
  • Wu, N. 1997. Deep Flight. Director of Underwater Photography
  • Taylor, L. and N. Wu (eds.). 1996. A City Under the Sea, Life in a Coral Reef. Atheneum Books, Simon and Schuster, New York. (28 pp)
  • Taylor, L. and N. Wu. 1996. Life in the oceans: A world of diversity at risk. In: Encyclopedia Britannica Yearbook of Science, p. 31-Jul
  • Wu, N. (ed.). 1994. Splendors of the Sea. Hugh Lauter Levin Associates, Inc., Hong Kong. (252 pp
  • Wu, N. (ed.). 1993. Fish Faces. Henry Holt and Company, New York. (29 pp)
  • Wu, N. (ed.). 1992. Beneath the Waves. Chronicle Books, San Francisco. (39 pp)
  • Wu, N. PBS film Under Antarctic Ice