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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.


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The National Geographic special edition of Sharks: Rulers of the Deep is now available on newsstands everywhere! This informative and educational publication features fascinating articles about sharks along with the world-class images you expect from National Geographic. This is also Tanya's first time being published in the print edition of National Geographic! Be sure to check out her images of lemon sharks on page 44 and a tiger shark ultrasound on page 84. This issue is also available to order online via Amazon.


Exciting news! Tanya and Dr. James Sulikowski of the Sulikowski Shark and Fish Conservation Lab recently spent time with NBC reporter Kerry Sanders for a segment the TODAY Show did about James and Tanya's shark research and exciting new discoveries about sand tiger sharks off North Carolina. It was a great day on and in the water as Kerry had the opportunity to dive with sand tiger sharks. A big thank you to Kerry for coming out to learn more about these amazing sharks! See the entire segment below.

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  • Tanya with Dr. James Sulikowski (left) and NBC reporter Kerry Sanders (middle)

    Tanya with Dr. James Sulikowski (left) and NBC reporter Kerry Sanders (middle)

  • Tanya being interviewed by NBC's Kerry Sanders for the Today Show

    Tanya being interviewed by NBC's Kerry Sanders for the Today Show

  • Kerry Sanders, Dr. James Sulikowski, and Tanya after a dive off North Carolina

    Kerry Sanders, Dr. James Sulikowski, and Tanya after a dive off North Carolina


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!