About Mark Strickland

About Mark


Mark Strickland's life-long interest in the sea has included over 10,000 dives and careers as a lifeguard, boat captain and scuba instructor. His passion for underwater photography has led him to many top dive destinations, including Thailand, where he spent 17 years as Cruise Director / Photo-Pro on a series of live-aboard vessels, including the state-of-the-art Ocean Rover. He currently lives in California, but specializes in the tropical Indo-Pacific, including Indonesia, India, Thailand and Myanmar, as well as many other destinations worldwide.


Strickland's favorite subjects range from tiny invertebrates to reef scenics to big animals like sharks and whales. Throughout his body of work, Mark strives to reveal the essence of his subjects, with an emphasis on color and form, as well as unusual behavior and interspecies relationships. He also seeks to create awareness of marine conservation issues by focusing on threatened species and delicate habitats, many of which are disappearing at an alarming rate. An avid marine naturalist, Mark has discovered several nudibranch species, including his namesake, Halgerda stricklandi.


Mark's images and articles have appeared in dozens of magazines and books around the world, including BBC Wildlife, Conde Nast Traveler, Geo, National Geographic World, Natural History, Nature's Best, Outside, and most major dive magazines. Mark is also co-author and primary photographer of Lonely Planet's award-winning book, Diving and Snorkeling Thailand. His images have also been featured at the Smithsonian Institution, United Nations Visitor Center, and galleries including the G2 in Venice, CA. Currently, he leads several trips each year to his favorite dive destinations, and also works as DSLR and Travel specialist at Los Angeles-based Bluewater Photo. In addition to representation by several stock photo agencies, Mark operates his own photo library, Mark Strickland Photography, www.markstrickland.com