““Photography is a tool, its the way I can speak up for them, a photo is worth more than a thousand words in every language, I try to capture as much feeling and evoke as much emotion as I try to evoke people to ask questions. I want to capture and share moments that start a conversation about the animals and the connection and relationship we have with them. I use my time, talents, and work around the world to help change people’s fear of sharks into fascination and respect. I hope my images inspire you to take another look, questions perceptions, and join me to be the change to help save sharks and the ocean. ”
— JUAN SHARKS
I have learn so much from sharks. In the last 20 years I have leterially grown up knowing certain individual sharks. Sharks could be one of the most important animals to our ocean and planet's ecosystem. #coexist
Juan finished his degree in fine art and photography at BYUH in Laie Hawaii, 20 minutes from where he grew up at Chuns reef of North Shore, Oahu. Juan is one of the founders of One Ocean Research and Diving, Water Inspired Conservation Group, and Save The Sea Turtles International Non Profit. He grew up surfing the north shore and got into diving as a way to heal his back after an accident left him paralyzed. After learning to walk again and slowly regaining his strength after multiple surgeries his doctor advised him to take a break from surfing but Juan grew up in the ocean and couldn't stay away. He took up diving regularly and quickly became a divemaster and traveled the world with SeaShepard to help combat illegal fishing and whaling in 1999. It was during the SharkWater campaign the Galapagos and Cocos that he truly encountered sharks (hundreds of schooling hammerheads) for the first time in a way that would change his view of the animals forever. From then on he began purposely diving with sharks on a regular basis and has worked with them year round ever since.
He co-founded Water inspired and One Ocean Diving and uses his photography to help inspire others to care about the underwater world and marine life, especially sharks. Juan grew up with a fear of sharks like the majority of the people on the planet. As a surfer of his time seeing a shark was initially not something he ever thought he would want to see, but once he was able to put a mask and fins on and experience how incredible they really are his whole perception changed, his whole life changed, and now his is fighting daily to help save their lives.
Juan helps run this nonprofit with his wife Ocean Ramsey.
This marine conservation nonprofit was started to help save sea turtles in 1988. Now it has expanded to help with beach clean-ups and sea life-saving swims where they remove fishing lines off the coral reefs and sea turtles. Click the link below to see how you can help save the reef, sea turtles, and sharks.