The Living Oceans was created in 2004 by Bernardo Sambra ( and his wife Valerie Crousse, looking to become a photographic crusade to gather, through various initiatives and projects, the images of the best underwater photographers in the world with one goal: to create awareness of the beauty and fragility of the oceans and their inhabitants and also help educating the general public, especially the younger generations, about the importance of the oceans to man and our planet.

Under the slogan "Protecting through images, "The Living Oceans has published three books, the latter of which, OCEANS, published in limited edition with foreword by the renowned underwater photographer David Doubilet, was awarded with the PADIS prize as the Grand Book of the Year PADIS award. Among the many initiatives developed by The Living Oceans there are two major exhibitions: "OCEAN EXPO", which was presented in South America and Asia, and "OCEANS: A World to Discover" that has been recognized as one of the best underwater photography exhibitions in the world. OCEANS brought together the work of 14 of the most renowned underwater photographers in the world and over 150 large-format photographs that could be appreciated by thousands of people.

As part of the initiatives undertaken by The Living Oceans, Bernardo and Valerie, and recently their daughters Alessia and Flavia, created Oceans 4KIDS, a vehicle to give presentations to children from different schools and edit books specially designed and conceived in which they seek to convey the beauty of the underwater world and invite new generations to care for and discover the wonderful world that lies under the oceans of our planet.

“We can only protect what we know” — Bernardo Sambra. Founder | The Living Oceans

The Living Oceans At The United Nations Climate Change Conference

We had the tremendous honor to launch our latest book Fragile as part of 20th United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) or COP20 and have the backing of Mrs. Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, who wrote the introductory text of our book. 

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“We Evolved From The Oceans; They Have Inspired Artists And Poets For Centuries And Provided Food, Resources And Livelihoods For Millennia. It Is Time To Repay Our Debt, Take Responsibility And Act To Ensure They Remain Healthy, Productive And A Source Of Cultural And Spiritual Inspiration For Generations To Come.”

— Christiana Figueres Executive Secretary UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)

FRAGILE The Living Oceans at COP20 United Nations

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