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Dive Photo Guide Photographer of the Week

Dive Photo Guide Photographer of the Week

by Lauren Benoit

5 years ago

Hammerhead Shark, Lauren Benoit

The litany of accomplishments on Lauren Benoit’s resume would be impressive for any diver—but they are made all the more special by the fact that she hasn’t even celebrated her 25th birthday yet.

Lauren is one of the rare underwater photographers who can back up all the science talk with a couple of degrees. She received a B.S. in Marine Biology and a Masters in Oceanography from the University of Rhode Island. Lauren has combined this science background with her knack for awesome imagery to educate the general population on the threats facing sharks. 

Working with Pelagic Expeditions out of Rhode Island, Lauren has quite a number of hours with blue and mako sharks under her belt already. In her spare time, she works with the NOAA/NMFS Apex Predator program. She’s also participated in shark research programs in Hawaii, Bahamas, South Africa and Fiji. And with all that going on, she’s managed to build a very impressive shark photography portfolio and has even been credited in Discovery Channel’s 2018 Shark Week lineup.

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