Bernardo Sambra is a Peruvian photographer and conservationist who specializes in wildlife and the submarine world.
His work tries to bring the onlooker to the undersea world from an intimate and personal angle.
The intention is to put into perspective the unique nature of the inhabitants of the submarine world, presenting them as extraordinary, creatures, which are close to us and have their own personality. He strives to establish an emotional link through every image in the hope that it will awake in the viewer an interest to discover this as yet unexplored world. A world, which at the same time is in urgent need of being understood, cared for and protected.
In 2004, Bernardo and his wife Valerie Crousse founded The Living Oceans, a non-profit initiative, with the purpose of revealing, educating and generating consciousness about the beauty and fragility of the undersea world and its inhabitants, through photographic imagery. Under the motto of “Protecting through images”, The Living Oceans has managed, through books, talks and international exhibitions, to show the work of the world’s most prominent underwater photographers in an unprecedented photographic crusade.
As part of this initiative, Bernardo together with his family and a group of volunteers has embarked on a project called La Ola Azul during the past few years. Consisting of free educational exhibitions for primary school students in both public and private institutions, La Ola Azul allows children to discover the undersea world through spectacular images. The project’s final objective is to generate awareness among young people about the enormous responsibility we have of protecting the ocean for the sake of our planet’s wellbeing.
As founder of The Living Oceans, Bernardo has led various undersea photographic expeditions, has been the official spokesperson of the Hora del Planeta organized by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and has spoken at prestigious events such as Celebrate the Sea in Singapore. In 2013 he took part in the TEDx Conference where his message emphasized that: “We can only protect the things we know”.
His images and articles have received many awards and have been published in important international publications. His work has been included in exhibitions as: Oceanos Expo, Masters Image Maker’s Gallery, Reflejos Submarinos, and Oceans: A World to discover, among others.