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Michael AW saturated colour imageries have earned him more than 63 international awards. In 2012, Michael’s ‘Indonesia’s Global Treasures’ won the International Prize for Best Book of the Year at the World Underwater Pictures Festival (Festival Mondial de l'Image Sous Marine). This artistic book of the sea category yielded entries from a host of international authors and photographers including books published by media powerhouses from UK, Germany, Singapore, USA and France, but it is “Global Treasures” that received the Palme d'Or (Gold) award. Michael is the first to have won this prestigious award twice; the first was for “Heart of the Ocean” in 2009.

Recently, Outdoor Photography named Michael AW as one of the world’s most influential nature photographer. His essays and images have been featured in BBC Wildlife, National Geographic, the Smithsonian, Nature, Ocean Geographic, Asian Geographic, Nature Focus etc. In 2010 he won the the prestigious Gold Diver award for the highly contested Portfolio category at the World Festival of Underwater Pictures in France. This is the first time an Asian has won this category. He is also a recipient of awards from the Natural History Museum BBC Photographer of the Year Wildlife Competition in 2000, 2010 and in 2006 he won the Best Winner award in the underwater category. 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.

Michael remains today, an active member of the Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers and the Fellow International of The Explorer Club NY. Fellow members include Sir Edmund Hillary, Roald Amundsen, Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, David Doubilet, Emory Kristof, to name a few.

Michael is also project director of the Elysium Epic imagery expedition with 57 team members to document the flora and fauna for a movie and climate change index from the Antarctic Peninsula to South Georgia, following in the footsteps of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s 1914-16 Trans Antarctic Expedition. (ElysiumEpic.org)

"Beneath Bunaken"(1993) was his first and Elysium Shackleton Antarctic Epics (2013) is his 30th book of the sea.

Michael remains today, an active member of the Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers and the Fellow International of The Explorer Club NY. Fellow members include Sir Edmund Hillary, Roald Amundsen, Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, David Doubilet, Emory Kristof, to name a few.

Michael is also project director of the Elysium Epic imagery expedition with 57 team members comprising the world’s best image makers and scientists, to document the flora and fauna for a movie and climate change index from the Antarctic Peninsula to South Georgia, following in the footsteps of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s 1914-17 Trans Antarctic Expedition. (ElysiumEpic.org) Michael AW is the founder of OceanNEnvironment, acharity organization registered with Environment Australia. Michael AW also founded Asian Geographic magazine in 1998.

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