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Eric Cheng in Kona, Hawaii

Eric Cheng

Eric Cheng is Director of Photography at Lytro and is an award-winning underwater photographer and publisher. His underwater images have won contests like the prestigious Nature's Best Magazine photo competition, which have placed some of his work in the Smithsonian's Natural History Museum. Eric's photography has been seen in over a hundred magazines and books worldwide.

Eric is the publisher of Wetpixel, the premiere online community for underwater photographers. Hosting thousands registered underwater photographers internationally, Wetpixel's friendly community offers breaking news, reviews, features, community forums, image galleries, photo contests, photo expeditions, and more. In Eric co-launched Wetpixel Quarterly, a landscape print magazine featuring the best in underwater photography. In both online and print endeavors, Eric strives to provide a forum for photographers to share their work and discuss ocean-related issues, and in turn, educate viewers about the beauty and fragility of the marine ecosystem.

Caught between technical and creative worlds, Eric holds bachelor's and master's degrees in computer science from Stanford University, where he also studied classical cello performance.

Through Wetpixel Expeditions, Eric leads regular photography expeditions and workshops around the world. He has given seminars and lectures internationally at events including CES, SXSW, AsiaD, TEDx, DEMA, Boston Sea Rovers Clinic, Digital Shootouts, Kona Classic, Scuba Diving Magazine events, and others. Eric is also involved in ocean conservation, and has been on the Board of Directors of Shark Savers and the Board of Advisors of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. He was also head photographer for Operation Musashi, Sea Shepherd's 2008-2009 anti-whaling campaign in Antarctica, which was featured in season 2 of the hit TV show, Whale Wars.

Eric lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife, Pam.