Tony Wu

Artist's Statement
I consider myself a naturalist, one who uses a camera and computer in place of the pen and paper that naturalists used in years gone by. My cameras are my means for observing, learning and educating, perhaps best encapsulated in my motto ars gratia scientiae, Latin for "art for the sake of knowledge."
Tony Wu's lifelong association with the sea started when he was a child. A crab pinched his toe, and it was love at first ouch. Now that he's (somewhat) grown up, Tony devotes most of his time to researching and documenting rarely seen marine animals and environments, spending more days at sea that he does on land, owning more pairs of fins than he does shoes.
In recent years, Tony has devoted the bulk of his time to the challenging pursuits of photographing large cetaceans such as humpbacks, sperm whales, blue whales and such, as well as documenting fish spawning aggregations, which are essentially orgies involving thousands of sex-crazed fish. His newest obsession is exploring the rich marine environments of Japan.
Tony has received a number of prestigious awards, including Grand Prize in Japan's largest underwater photography contest, the prize for Best Book of the Year at the Festival of Marine Images in Antibes, and first place in the Under Water category of the London Natural History Museum's annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest in 2010 and 2016, as well as in the Behaviour: Mammals category in 2017.
Tony is a frequent public speaker in English and Japanese. Contact him directly for speaking engagements and see more of his work at