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The Fine Art of Conservation Photographer/Artist: @JuanSharks JuanOliphant

The exclusive home of Conservation Photographer and Artist @JuanShark Juan Oliphant finished his degree in fine art and photography at BYUH in Laie Hawaii 20 minutes from where he grew up at Chuns reef right in the middle of the north shore of Oahu where OneOceanResearch and Diving operate. Juan Oliphant is one of the founders of One Ocean Research and Diving, Water Inspired Conservation Group, and Save The Sea Turtles International Non Profit. He grew up surfing the north shore and got into diving as a way to heal his back after an accident left him paralyzed.  After learning to walk again and slowly regaining his strength after multiple surgeries his doctor advised him to take a break from surfing but Juan grew up in the ocean and couldn't stay away so he took up diving regularly and quickly became a divemaster and traveled the world with SeaShepard to help combat illegal fishing a whaling in 1999. In 2000 he began purposely diving with sharks on a regular basis and fell in love and has worked with them year round ever since. He co-founded Water inspired and uses his photography to help inspire others to care about the underwater world and marine life, especially sharks.  Juan grew up with a fear of sharks like the majority of the people on the planet and surfers of his time seeing a shark was initially not something he ever thought he would want to see, but once he was able to put a mask and fins on and experience how incredible they really are his whole perception changed, his whole life changed, and now his is fighting daily to help save their lives. "Photography is a tool, its the way I can speak up for them, a photo is worth more than a thousand words in every language, I try to capture as much feeling and evoke as much emotion as I try to evoke people to ask questions. I want to capture and share moments that start a conversation about the animals and the connection and relationship we have with them. That is why I partnered with Freediver and Shark scientist, Ocean Ramsey, she has a unique way with sharks and marine life and I feel photographing her with sharks and the other ocean animals and environments helps people to take another look and visualize a more peaceful respectful beautiful way to interact with nature and the ocean.  I use my time, talents, and work around the world to help change people's fear of sharks into fascination and respect.  I hope my images inspire you to take another look, questions perceptions, and join me to be the change to help save sharks and the ocean. #ApexPredatorNotMonster #QuestionPerception #SaveSharks #SaveTheOcean #HelpSaveSharks #SharkPhotographer #UnderWaterPhotographer