Ellen Cuylaerts relocated from Belgium to the Cayman Islands in 2009. She has a master’s degree in modern history and education. After a career in IT she home schooled her 2 gifted teenagers and took up scuba diving in June 2011. Soon she became a Master Scuba Diver and combined it with photographing the wonders of the underwater world.
Ellen’s main drive is shooting images that contribute to achieving goals in conservation of marine life and education about the importance of our oceans, and to capture the hearts and the will-to-act before it’s too late. Her basic concern is the decay of the oceans by pollution, overfishing, the brutal act of shark finning and dolphin and whale slaughtering.
Ellen has received numerous awards for her pictures and was the 2013 World Champion in the yearly online underwater photo competition ‘underwaterphotography.com. June 2014 & again 2015 she became first and second in the United Nations’ World Oceans Day Photo Competition.
Ellen’s work kan be seen in exhibitions in Paris, St. Petersburg, Valencia, Marseille and New York. Last June she addressed heads of State on World Oceans Day at the General Assembly of the United Nations highlighting the plight of photographers and filmmakers engaging in protection of the oceans.
As a Fellow Explorer International she became a member of the Flag & Honors Committee of the Explorers Club, having a front seat at future explorations!
Learn more at: http://www.ellencuylaerts.com