Brian Skerry is a world-renowned underwater photographer and journalist with decades of experience. He combines artistic vision and passion for the ocean with deep knowledge of photographic principles and specialized tools to create powerful and beautiful images. Some of his best photographs are now on display in the exhibit Portraits of Planet Ocean, open at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History through November 2015.
But even people without decades of experience can capture a magical shot. That's why we've chosen to celebrate the work of amateur photographers by hanging their ocean photos alongside Brian's in the exhibit. Some of these photographers use their smart phones, while others have high-resolution underwater cameras with special lenses. What all their photos have in common: They capture a perfect ocean moment, and they were taken with love by the person behind the lens.
The photographs in the slideshow above are chosen from our Flickr group Portraits of Planet Ocean, and you are all invited to contribute! Submit today; submissions to the group for the final round of selection will close on July 1, 2015.
Explore some of the user-submitted photos selected for museum display in the slideshow above, and see more on Flickr.