Since taking up underwater photography in 1972, Chris Newbert, has won many prestigious awards in international underwater photographic competitions. His photos have appeared in over 300 books and magazines world-wide. In 1985 he published his first underwater photographic book, "Within a Rainbowed Sea". The sequel published in 1994, "In a Sea of Dreams", included images by both Chris and his ex-wife Birgitte.
Chris became the first recipient of the Wyland Foundation Award for Underwater Still Photography at the First Annual Wyland Foundation Awards Ceremony in Hollywood. This nationally televised extravaganza featured celebrity presenters from the entertainment and sports industry. Chris not only received this prestigious award, but his photographs were selected for the big screen background stills for this gala event. Other honored personalities included posthumous awards to Jacques Yves Cousteau and Lloyd Bridges. Living recipients in addition to Chris included Jimmy Buffet, Sting, Dr. Sylvia Earle, Ted Danson, Dan Fogelberg, Bob Talbot and Al Gore among others.