Michael Aw

Michael AW is an author, explorer, photographer and conservationist. His accolades include wining more than 65 international awards and being named as one of the world’s most influential nature photographers by Outdoor Photography.

He is the first Asian to have won four awards at NHM Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition of which he was the winner of the underwater category in 2006 and 2015. In 2013 he was awarded the NOGI for Arts by the American Academy of Underwater Arts and Science. His essays and pictures have been featured in BBC Wildlife, National Geographic, the Smithsonian, Nature, Ocean Geographic, Times, Nature Focus to name just a few. Michael has authored 56 books. Michael AW is the founder of Asian Geographic and Ocean Geographic.

Speaker Michael Aw

In 2008 Stan Waterman conferred Michael with the Peter Benchley Shark Conservation Award by Sharks Research Institute in recognition of his highly-effective and unrelenting campaign against shark fin soup consumption in the Asia Pacific region. Michael is also a recipient of the prestigious WYLAND ICON award for Conservation in 2011 and in 2012; he was presented the Diver of the Year Award at the Beneath the Sea Festival in New Jersey. 

In 2013 the 'Elysium Shackleton Antarctic Visual Epic' was published, now a movie and an exhibition touring worldwide and his latest book is the 'Essential Underwater Photography Masterclass'. 

Speaker Michael Aw

Michael is a Senior Fellow of International League of Conservation Photographers and Fellow International of the Explorer Club whose members include Sir Edmund Hilary, Roald Amundsen, Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Sylvia Earle.