Shark PhotographyOceanic Whitetip Shark © Andrew Bellamy.

Changing attitudes through imagery

The age old adage, ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’ helps to illustrate the power of imagery, which can be used as a tool in conservation. An image can very quickly stir an emotive response and communicate with the viewer in a way that words cannot, inspiring and motivating individuals to take action.

The Shark Trust strongly believes in making conservation accessible and engaging by using methods that compliment science and trigger public interest. Often the only exposure to sharks many people have is through the media, which tends to sensationalise shark attack stories, spreading fear and hysteria. However, the Trust is very lucky to have a number of freelance photographers who support our work by generously donating their shark images - these have been used to counteract the malicious reputation of the shark by unveiling the beauty of this animal and highlighting their vulnerability.

The Trust has also held three shark photography competitions, titled Sharks in Focus, which have all been hugely successful. We received an astounding volume of shark images which have been used throughout the website and in our promotional material. A touring shark exhibition comprising 35 stunning images from the winners of Sharks in Focus 2009 has also appeared at Shark Trust events and public exhibitions in aquariums throughout the UK - check out our online gallery below. To view images from our very latest competition held in 2013, click here.

Sharks in Focus Exhibition

Wobbegong Shark © Alexander Safonov.

Sharks in Focus Exhibition

Blacktip Reef Shark © Alec Connah.

Sharks in Focus Exhibition

Blacktip Reef Shark © James Lea.

Sharks in Focus Exhibition

Basking Shark © Andrew Pearson.

Sharks in Focus Exhibition

Blacktip Reef Sharks © James Lea.

Sharks in Focus Exhibition

Bull Shark caught in net © Fiona Ayerst.

Sharks in Focus Exhibition

Lemon Shark © Matthew Potenski.

Sharks in Focus Exhibition

Nurse Shark © Matthew Potenski.

Sharks in Focus Exhibition

Oceanic Whitetip Shark © Dray Van Beeck.

Sharks in Focus Exhibition

Oceanic Whitetip Shark © Morten Beier.

Sharks in Focus Exhibition

Sandtiger Shark © Dray Van Beeck.

Sharks in Focus Exhibition

Sandtiger Shark © Karen Doody.

Sharks in Focus Exhibition

Shark eye © Christian Skauge.

Sharks in Focus Exhibition

Shark caught in fish trap © David Vize.

Sharks in Focus Exhibition

Sharks © Simon De Waal.

Sharks in Focus Exhibition

Silky Sharks © David Ainsbury.

Sharks in Focus Exhibition

Smallspotted Catshark © Sally Sharrock.

Sharks in Focus Exhibition

Diving with rays © Tasmin Eyles.

Sharks in Focus Exhibition

Thornback Ray © Paul Naylor.

Sharks in Focus Exhibition

Thresher Shark © Matt Newell.

Sharks in Focus Exhibition

Tiger Shark © Hamish Morrison.

Sharks in Focus Exhibition

Whale Shark © Tim Davies.

Sharks in Focus Exhibition

Whale Sharks © Gareth Millson.

Sharks in Focus Exhibition

White Shark © Chris Davidson.

Sharks in Focus Exhibition

White Shark © Ian Lauder.

Sharks in Focus Exhibition

White Shark © Peter Nicholas.

Sharks in Focus Exhibition

White Shark © Sean Sequeira.

Sharks in Focus Exhibition

Whitetip Reef Shark © Steve Jones.

Sharks in Focus Exhibition

Whitetip Reef Sharks © Ofer Ketter.

Sharks in Focus Exhibition

Basking Shark © Rory Goodall.

Sharks in Focus Exhibition

Sevengill Cow Sharks © Sijmon De Waal.

Sharks in Focus Exhibition

Shortfin Mako Shark © Andy Murch.

Sharks in Focus Exhibition

Whale Shark © Peter Nicholas.



If you'd like to donate your inspiring shark photographs, please contact us.


Related Links:

Sharks in Focus Photography Competition

Sharks in Art

Shark Films

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