Michael AW is the founder of OceanNEnvironment, a charity organization registered with Environment Australia. He is also the founder of Asian Geographic and Ocean Geographic. Michael has authored 37 books on the ocean. His accolades include winning more than 67 international photographic awards and was named as one of the world’s most influential nature photographers by Outdoor Photography. Michael Aw’s essays and pictures have been published in BBC Wildlife, GEO, National Geographic, the Smithsonian, Nature, OceanGeographic, Asian Geographic, Nature Focus, Times, and Discovery to name but a few. Michael is now the executive director for Dr Sylvia Earle’s latest project DEEP HOPE; an organisation set up to build two 1000m state-of-the-art commercial and tourist class submersibles for a two year-round the world mission to explore the mesopelagic zone.