Illustration by Keith Witmer
A Thai photojournalist specialising in marine conservation, Sirachai ‘Shin’ Arunrugstichai originally took up photography to document coral reef biodiversity while working as a field biologist, but he changed his career to photojournalism after realising how effectively photography communicates conservation issues. Currently, Shin is a freelance photographer for National Geographic Magazine (Thai edition). He has worked with IUCN Asia, the Save Our Seas Foundation, WildAid, Greenpeace Southeast Asia and OXFAM Thailand. A 2016 recipient of the Save Our Seas Foundation’s Marine Conservation Photography grant, he spoke at TEDx Bangkok in 2017. He is an Emerging League Photographer with the International League of Conservation Photographers and was selected as one of six talents from the South-East Asia and Oceania region, representing Thailand for the 6×6 Global Talent Program by the World Press Photo Foundation. Recently, Shin received the explorer award given by National Geographic Thailand for his work in public communications on marine conservation issues in local waters.
Artwork by Keith Witmer
As the senior curator of the CSIRO’s Australian National Fish Collection, Will White has been researching the ecology and taxonomy of sharks and rays for more than 20 years. His research includes over 70 new species descriptions, six books and more than 130 journal articles. Will has focused much of his research on fisheries in developing nations, particularly Indonesia and Papua New Guinea.