Norbert Wu is an independent photographer and filmmaker focusing on underwater and wildlife subjects. He has covered the ocean realm from the surface to the deep sea, and from the tropics to the polar regions. His wildlife coverage includes deep-sea life, dolphins, jellyfish, sharks, whales, and animal behavior.
Wu's writing and photography have appeared in thousands of books, films, and magazines, including Audubon, Le Figaro, GEO, International Wildlife, National Geographic, Omni, Natural History, Time, and Terre Sauvage. He is the author and photographer of fifteen books on wildlife and photography and the originator and photographer for several children's book series on the oceans.
Exhibits of his work have been shown at the American Museum of Natural History, the California Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences, and the National Museum of Wildlife Art.
His background includes degrees in electrical and mechanical engineering from Stanford University and doctoral studies at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.
He was awarded National Science Foundation Artists and Writers Grants to document wildlife and research in Antarctica in 1997, 1999, and 2000. In 2000, he was awarded the Antarctica Service Medal of the United States of America "for his contributions to exploration and science in the U.S. Antarctic Program."
His recent films include a high-definition television program on Antarctica's underwater world for Thirteen/WNET New York's Nature series that airs on PBS.
In 1999, he was awarded a Pew Marine Conservation Fellowship which he used to document, in stills and high-definition video, the world's most unique and threatened underwater habitats. From 2000 to 2003, Norbert Wu served as the primary cinematographer for many of the featured exhibits in the new Hall of Ocean Life at the American Museum of Natural History. He has just been named "Outstanding Photographer of the Year" by the North American Nature Photographers Association. When he is not traveling Wu makes his home in Pacific Grove, California near the biologically rich Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.