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Tanya Houppermans began her diving career in 2008 and quickly fell in love with the underwater world. She became a passionate shark conservationist after learning that more than 70 million sharks are killed by humans annually worldwide. To help with shark conservation efforts, she decided to start photographing sharks to show the public that these misunderstood animals are not the vicious monsters so often portrayed by the media, and that they are actually beautiful, graceful, intelligent creatures that desperately need our help. Tanya’s images quickly became recognized around the world and were honored with awards in numerous photography competitions.


In 2015 Tanya left her career as a mathematician and military defense analyst to pursue underwater photography and marine conservation full time. Her images and articles have appeared in print and online publications in over 20 countries, and she also conducts speaking engagements around the world to talk about sharks, conservation, and her life exploring the world's oceans and the animals who live there. She especially enjoys her work in shark research, partnering with some of the world's leading shark scientists to add to our knowledge of these fascinating and misunderstood creatures. Tanya can be seen on the program 'Shark Gangs' as part of National Geographic's Shark Fest where her work in sand tiger shark research off the coast of North Carolina was highlighted.


Tanya is also involved in promoting adaptive scuba diving for those with disabilities, as she is the mother of a young-adult son with autism who is a certified scuba diver. Whenever possible, Tanya, her husband, and son travel to dive destinations around the world to experience the underwater world together as a family.



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