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~ Your Window to the Underwater World ~


Welcome to Blue Elements Imaging and Exploration! Tanya Griffin Houppermans is an internationally acclaimed award-winning underwater image maker, shark naturalist, scientific diver, and explorer who advocates for the ocean and its inhabitants through conservation and education.


Join Tanya at the Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond on July 27 for her presentation "Swimming With Sharks: Saving the Ocean's Most Misunderstood Creature"! From 12-12:45pm Tanya will be speaking about what it's really like to work with sharks and be at the forefront of shark research. There will be a Q&A period afterward. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, click here.

Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond


The winners of the World Shootout have been announced, and Tanya has been awarded First Place in the Sharks of the World category! For this category, participants are judged on a group of three shark images. Below are the winning images that Tanya took of sand tiger sharks off the coast of North Carolina. Tanya was also awarded First Place in the Sharks category in the World Shootout in 2015 and 2017, making this the third time she has taken the top spot! Congratulations to all of the finalists and winners of this year's competition!

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Tanya's work studying the sand tiger sharks of North Carolina was highlighted in the program Shark Gangs as part of National Geographic's Shark Fest! Shark Gangs is currently streaming on Disney+. View her segment of the show here!