Thomas P. Peschak is the Chief Photographer of the Save our Seas Foundation and travels extensively in pursuit of marine wildlife and underwater stories.
He was born in Germany but has lead a near continuous nomadic existence and today spends the 100 or so days when he is not on the road in his adopted home of Cape Town, South Africa. He is a former marine biologist who specialized in kelp forest ecology and the impacts of illegal fishing, who left science to pursue a life in environmental photojournalism.
He began his career specializing in photographing Africa’s marine and coastal biodiversity and produced three books on the subject. Currents of Contrast: Life in Southern Africa’s Two Oceans, South Africa’s Great White Shark and Wild Seas Secret Shores of Africa. He has recently broadened his geographic scope to include the wider Indian Ocean region and has worked extensively in the Maldives, Seychelles and Middle East. A new book on the marine environment of Aldabra and the Seychelles is due to be published in mid 2009.
For the Save our Seas Foundation Thomas photographs primarily shark and ray research and conservation projects all around the world and is probably best known for his image of a great white shark following a researcher in a small yellow kayak.
His photographs and natural history feature stories have appeared in many publications such as BBC Wildlife, Africa Geographic, GEO, Fathoms and Paris Match. His images have garnered many awards, including category wins at the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year and Fujifilm Photographic Awards, as well as the Grande Prize at the Festival de l'Image Sous Marine in Antibes.
He is a dedicated conservation photographer who has spearheaded campaigns to proclaim marine reserves, end abalone poaching and illegal shark fishing. His most recent project for the Save our Seas Foundation endeavors to get the Shark Nets that ensnare and kill sharks and other marine creatures in the name of bather protection off South Africa’s East Coast removed.
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