Brett Garner

Photography Guide

Brett is a photographer, marine biologist, and polar diver from California who is often found with camera in hand working to inspire marine conservation. His work has taken him to all seven continents.

He earned his undergraduate degree from UCLA in marine biology and his master’s from Scripps Institution of Oceanography in marine biology and conservation. While at Scripps, Brett received a Rapid Ocean Conservation Grant from the Waitt Foundation to produce the multimedia project, Kia Over There, which follows a group of Fijian spear-fishermen and exposes the challenges they face to protect their reef.

He followed this work with projects featuring traditional landowners in the Peruvian Amazon and nomadic fishermen in Malaysian Borneo. During the recent bleaching events on the Great Barrier Reef, Brett was on site documenting the changes daily.

His work has been featured in various media outlets including National Geographic, the New York Times, the BBC, the Sydney Morning Herald, and the Outdoor Journal. 

What is your most memorable Antarctic experience?

“I recently had the opportunity to free dive in Antarctica to document diving penguins, this was hands down my most memorable experience to date. I wore a thick wetsuit, an exceptional amount of weight, and used long fins in order to swim amongst hundreds of diving Gentoos. It was wild.”