Tanya Houppermans is a marine conservationist and professional underwater photographer best known for her images depicting the grace and beauty of sharks. She began scuba diving in 2009, and became fascinated with sharks after diving with the sand tiger sharks frequenting the many shipwrecks off the coast of North Carolina. After discovering that more than 70 million sharks are killed by humans annually, she became involved in shark conservation, even running a marathon to raise funds for shark conservation, education, and research efforts. Wanting to do more to spread the word about the plight of sharks, she decided to pick up a camera, hoping that her images would help to inspire the public to want to protect and save these remarkable creatures. Tanya’s photographs quickly became well-known around the world, and she has been the recipient of numerous awards for images, including two First Place Awards at the World Shootout in the categories of ‘Sharks’ and ‘Shipwrecks.’ In 2015, Tanya left the corporate world behind to become a full-time underwater photographer and conservationist. In 2016 was Tanya inducted into the Ocean Artists Society, and in 2017 she was named a Grand Master in Underwaterphotography.com’s Annual Awards. Her articles and images can be seen in print and online publications worldwide.
Tanya now works with numerous shark and marine conservation organizations and leads shark diving trips for those wanting to encounter sharks in the wild. She is currently working with shark researchers in North Carolina to learn more about the populations of sand tiger sharks off the coast to aid in sand tiger conservation and protection efforts. In addition, Tanya is involved in promoting adaptive diving for those with disabilities, as her own son is a certified scuba diver who has autism.