Connect One Billion People with Our Ocean by 2030
One Blue Ocean® is a global social change non-profit that strives to ensure a healthy blue ocean. We believe our ocean is essential to all life and that people are the solution to make meaningful change. Our mission is to empower individuals to adopt ocean positive habits and shift cultural behavior around the world.
One Blue Ocean is built on the idea that creativity has the power to motivate. Our approach uses positive visual media and unique educational initiatives to build community and connection. Our flagship project, The Great Ocean Experience, is an immersive, multisensory touring exhibition designed to inspire awareness and ignite change.
Positive Visual Media + Issue + Solution = Impact
Environmental Education for Global Adoption of Ocean Positive Habits
365 Days of Ocean
An Adventurous Social Media Exploration
The Great Ocean Experience ™
A Multi-Sensory, Immersive Touring Event
3 Minute Movie
The New Standard for Storytelling
Meet our tribe of ocean experts and enthusiasts who are making a difference and working to save our planet.
Henthorne’s early career was in the finance sector then as executive sales and marketing roles for the technology sector. During his corporate tenure, he worked closely with C-Level Fortune 100 executives providing business intelligence solutions.
Henthorne’s motto “show me solutions ... not problems,” for him exemplifies the founding reason for One Blue Ocean. With his leadership, he will bring his spirit of entrepreneurship with business acumen to build a long-term sustainable organization to effect the change needed in human behavior to create a healthy blue ocean.
She has worked on prominent campaigns with companies such as Disney, HP, Ford and Leica and has had the opportunity to speak on the TEDx stage. Recently, Men’s Journal named her as “One of the 25 Most Adventurous Women in the Past 25 years.” You can see her images in many international publications such as National Geographic, Red Bull, Outside, BBC, Patagonia, Islands, and Men’s Journal among others.
Whether it’s communicated through the written word or graphic style - on the page or in the space - turning those stories into usable content is at the core of Julie’s work. Her ability to assimilate layers of information and transform them into captivating messages is her super power.
A lover of the planet and its people, Julie has worked with non-profits that share a passion for the ocean, corporations that bring innovative approaches to age-old problems, and individuals who are ‘different by nature’ - and not afraid to say so.
A lifetime of creative communications has been expressed both visually and verbally, creating a portfolio of work that is vast in scope, style and substance. A writer, designer, and true collaborator, Julie uses her endless creativity to make the world a little better and is dedicated to shining a light in all its corners.
As one of the world’s leading surf photographers, Russ’s unique talents culminated in his documentation of a violent twist of Indian Ocean known simply as ‘The Right’. In pursuit of a unique, career-defining angle, Russ put himself in a situation where the ocean’s most powerful forces converge. The hard-won image served as the focal point for his celebrated documentary, ‘One Shot’.
However, my biggest passion for photography was born from a love of nature and wildlife. My earliest attempts at photography, as a child and into my teen years, were of birds, critters and beautiful Canadian landscapes captured in a ravine just down the road from the home I grew up in, as well as Buckhorn Lake in the Kawartha's where I have spent most my summer days.
I’ve been fortunate, as an adult, to photograph far beyond Canada’s borders from the polar seas of Antarctica to the frozen tundra of the Arctic and the warm waters of the South Pacific capturing diverse wildlife such as bears, whales, penguins and sharks to name a few.
Over the past 6 years, my nature photography has taken me into the frigid waters of Lake Erie where I tackled the challenge of “the Gales of November” in my ongoing Liquid Mountains project and my most well know library of imagery.
Leading figure in extreme sports and travel photography, he has inspired his generation by revealing the sheer beauty of the elements through images capturing the most spectacular sporting performances in extraordinary settings. He has captured the ride of the Millennium in Teahupoo with Laird Hamilton and has publish a book on the Infamous wave celebrating its magic and power.
His work, which has appeared in countless publications and advertising campaigns, is the product of thirty years of travel across the globe, often pioneering new destinations.
Although now living with his family on the island of Tahiti, Tim still tours the world but has assigned himself the principal task of capturing the magic of Polynesian life, most of the time underwater this part of the Pacific Ocean has become his favourite playground.
Sumer is one of India’s most experienced SCUBA Diving Instructors and has brought hundreds of people into the ocean through diving. His underwater photography and filmmaking brings the ocean into the lives of many more. Through the images he creates, he hopes to spread awareness about the beauty, the fragility and the fundamental need of a healthy ocean to all life on the planet. Sumer is a passionate marine conservationist and supports ReefWatch – an Indian NGO working on the protection and sustainable use of the ocean’s resources – in all his work.
I am a travel enthusiast that takes most of my content with a drone 🙂
Anyone can tell right away by taking a look at my work that I have an avid love for oceans and capturing the world from an inhumanly point of view! Even from high in the sky, I have the creative ability to hunt for unique patterns in Mother Earth to showcase her beauty.
I love showing my desire for adventure through my work as I climb to new heights to ensure that I capture the feeling of each trip I take in its entirety.
I have been droning for about 4-5 years and always love finding unique & untouched locations to share with the world.
Oso is a photographer and deeply passionate about the sea. A lifelong waterman and ocean conservationist in his spare time he turns his lens to Mother Blue to celebrate her in all of her splendid moods.
art and conversation rooted in family and friendships that last a lifetime.”
Before founding Eleven Eleven Winery, Ellie built a broad resume working with Fortune 500 companies, mid-size firms and small businesses alike. She began her career with KPMG, providing accounting and finance support for her clients, followed by six years with Taco Bell Corporate on the financial planning and strategy team. She also owned and operated Anest Financial Solutions, where she provided a variety of consulting services. Prior to arriving in Napa, Ellie worked at RGP, a publicly traded professional services firm, where she built a client base focusing on the healthcare industry.
Through the course of her career, Ellie’s entrepreneurial spirit has prevailed. She took her years of business experience, combined with her strong value in quality and customer service and formed the partnership venture of Eleven Eleven Winery.
Through the winery, Ellie has been a supporter of the Queen of the Valley Foundation, Festival Napa Valley, Napa Valley Film Festival, and National Ability Center among other non-profit organizations.
As well as my art being an extension of my soul and serves as a form of personal expression and therapy, it also gives me a voice for nature. It is a powerful medium to communicate my experiences out in the field and also serves as an important catalyst to connect you, the viewer, with the incredible planet I have fallen in love with. Art helps to provoke feeling and passion, which I believe is the foundations to taking the first steps into anthropogenic consciousness. As an artist and diver I feel it is not just my duty to help communicate the natural world and their stories, but it is the reason for my existence. Art is powerful and I believe art will help save this planet.
Since then, she has worked across the globe, from Iceland to the Dominican Republic to French Polynesia and everywhere in between. This has included marine research, working in eco-tourism and undertaking underwater and aerial videography projects worldwide.
The environment has been his main focus and passion ever since, where he has been able to educate many young people in his community through educational sessions, workshops, school visits, and other mediums. He has taken part in several projects, campaigns and events that were aimed at contributing to lasting solutions for the environmental challenges plaguing his community. He is currently involved in different community based organizations and international platforms where he is gaining experience, skills and knowledge to become a better leader and eco-hero. Apart from his love and passion for the environmental, Kingsman also loves graphic designing, photography, music, documentaries and drawing and intends to use theses to amplify his efforts for the environment.
Her degree in International Relations trained her to always challenge her assumptions by considering people and events through different cultural lenses making her keenly observant of subtle details. Law school trained her to think both logically and creatively. She uses this rich skill set when masterminding with clients in supporting them in putting customized plans into place to reach their unique and exciting goals.
She enjoys blue water sailing in the Atlantic, wine tasting in Tuscany, scuba diving in Bonaire, riding camels in Morocco, and surfing in Peru. Above all, Jeneen loves hanging out with cool people. She currently lives with her Peagle puppy, Jazzy, in Alicante, Spain
After nearly dying 8years ago, the accelerate academic gave up a corporate career in Finance, to immerse herself in what she loved – the ocean and photography. Dubbed repeatedly by press ‘The Real Moana’. She has gone onto photograph Australia's leading elite sporting events, including the Nutri-Grain IronMan and IronWomen series. Brand campaigns for top international brands including O'Neill; Nike Swim; Speedo. Along with surfing big waves, competing in World championships. And host award winning wellness retreats.
Charlotte’s biggest love and main focus is oceanic photography of marine life. Through her turtle and Eagle ray tours (ranked number 1 on tripadvisor in the Cook Islands); workshops and retreats she continues to inspire people to connect and immerse themselves without fear in the ocean.
Coming back to the island after 5 years, my passion for photography naturally gravitated around the ocean.
Getting my first water housing was a real game changer and really got me into surf/waves photography.
Now based in Tahiti, my work revolves around nature as I mostly do landscape and ocean imagery.
Scott's imagery focuses on intimate encounters with Ocean giants, rare moments beneath the waves witnessed by very few. Man is an interloper in the Ocean realm, Scott seeks true immersion, diving on a single breath allowing natural light and the subject to define the encounter.
The great whales inhabit remote parts of our oceans, these artworks are the bounty of many expeditions and countless hours at sea, patiently waiting for the wind swell and tide to create a unique meeting with an equally curious ocean leviathan. Some whales are as fascinated by us as we are of them.
Scott has been diving for over 30 years, while he loves nothing more than bluewater, he is equally at home in the bush. Scott has studied Environmental science and Indigenous knowledges , and has a diploma of Marine Science. Scott worked for many years with the First Nations people of Australia in the performing Arts and Cultural Education.
Scott's passion is his love for the wild places and hopes that his work inspires the preservation and protection of life on this wonderful planet.
Having completed a Bachelor of Photography at Melbourne's RMIT University in 2014, her unique and authentic approach to photography has seen her working with clients from all over the world. She's one of the leading women's surf photographers in the industry, and that was her dream right from the start. Her goal is to inspire elegance and femininity in women's surfing, and continue to shoot people and places from all walks of life!
Cait's fashion based work has grown rapidly over the past few years, and she is passionate about conceptualising her clients vision and bringing it to life, with her own twist of course. Recently working with high profile clients such as WSL, Roxy, Billabong and Lululemon, as well as travel tourism bodies in the Northern Territory, WA and Victoria, Cait is dedicated to following her passion covering a diverse range of stories through her photography.
"I want to inspire women. That's my main goal. To be brave, to chase their dreams, to live life to the full. It's not just about photography, but the stories behind the image, the tougher moments, the travel, the lifestyle. I want my images to make you feel something, anything."
Cait has recently created The Clique, an education based hub for female photographers where she has an online course, workshops and more in the pipeline.
She is especially interested in documentaries and music videos, and seeks to travel the world while being surrounded by as many animal species as possible.
Being an award winning filmmaker and working with global brands like Nat Geo and Patagonia, Hallvard merges the dramatic landscapes of the Arctic with the resilient human nature. He has also had a strong voice in the fight against further oil exploration both in the Lofoten Islands and the Bight in Australia.
“What can I say .. the mountains and the ocean drive my soul. Tampa Bay has been home for 17 years and I live on the bay for a reason. Before that I spent ten years living in Colorado, where I still own land and hope to spend half of my time when I’m not in Napa/Sonoma or at home on Davis Islands- Tampa.
I have decided to support One Blue Ocean on many levels because I believe in it’s mission, mantra, and team members!
Other than spending time with her two girls, Heather’s greatest passion is to travel internationally, where she discovered a deep connection to the earth and the water. She spends her free time leveraging her business acumen to further advance solving the climate paradigm. She believes impact investing is at the heart of creating a systemic shift for the planet and actively speaks to and educates a wide variety of organizations on its benefits.
She is also involved in several national and regional charitable organizations including co-chairing the Los Angeles Climate Business Working Group for The Climate Reality Project. Dedicated to the advancement of diversity, equity and inclusion she was the founding co-president of Women in Institutional Investments Network (WIIIN), a 501c3 formed in 2014.
Heather feels lucky to be stationed in Manhattan Beach, California, where she is as active as possible and likes to explore everything Los Angeles has to offer.
Her passion started with a simple curiosity to explore and adventure. Who knew from it would be born a great love for the deep blue and the many wild terrestial lands on our planet and their inhabitants. From snowmobiling on sea ice in the Arctic to diving into the depths of the oceans and trekking up Kilimanjaro, the world continues to surprise and inspire. Currently her passion lies in the polar extremes of the Arctic and Antarctic, where our oceans are experiencing catastrophic change, so dramatic it can be studied via satellites - sea ice and glacial degradation.
I grew up in San Diego, California and after living the city life in SF and NYC while working in the corporate world of Walmart and Amazon, I realized the most badass thing I could do is to pursue a life of adventure and doing something I really love: travel and chase beaches around the world.
Rachel holds a Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Studies and a Master's Degree in International Journalism. She currently works and resides in Austin, but she can often be found exploring various parts of the world.
While away from work, he enjoys traveling around North America with his dog Lily in search of waterways and shorelines to sail, surf, stand up paddle, and kiteboard. Stuart is based out of St. Petersburg, Florida.
Kinga was born in Warsaw, Poland into a family of explorers and adventurers. She has traveled the world reporting on intense subjects like police corruption in Mexico, gangs in LA, women in the sex trade, humanitarian and environmental causes, world conflict and natural disasters. On the flip side she has explored the night life, festivals and exotic eats of the world's most vibrant cities.
Kinga is a fellow at the prestigious Explorers Club. She joins the likes of Elon Musk, James Cameron, Neil Armstrong, Robert Ballard, Silvia Earle, David Attenborough and many others in this extraordinary family of explorers, who over the past 114 years, have dedicated themselves to the advancement of field research, scientific exploration, resource conservation and the ideal that it is vital to preserve the instinct to explore.
In her free time, Kinga explores a singular fascination with the ocean, free diving (see below), scuba diving (she is advanced open water, nitrox and dry suit certified), surfing, spearfishing to harvest her own food, exotic travel and sharks (those are her two friends from Guadalupe Island, MX swimming up top)... followed just slightly by a love of solo adventure travel, charity work, exotic foods and action sports.
Kinga is also a board member of the nonprofit environmental group, Shark Allies, dedicated to changing the image of sharks and conserving our oceans. Kinga is a regular advocate for sharks on platforms like NOW THIS, Forbes, BEOND TV, The Artie Lange Show, Inside Hook and more. She is also an ambassador for Waves for Water, on org committed to providing clean water to those in need.
Past projects include working with Asner Labs / Carnegie Institution for Science on an expedition to document a coral survey of the WW2 wrecks of Bikini Atoll in 3D 180VR in collaboration with Oceans 360. As one of the featured photographers of The Ocean Agency’s Coral Reef Image Bank, he has contributed photographs for use in ocean conservation efforts. Parley for the Oceans has featured his work in The Beam print magazine and online: French Polynesia | Baja. Rick was also a co-producer, director of underwater photography and VR cameraman for the The Hydrous VR Immerse Ocean Documentary which premiered at the 2019 International Ocean Film Festival and featured on NatGeo. In addition to photography and filmmaking, Rick founded his own ocean gear brand, 22 Degrees while living and working in Palau. In 2021, Rick joined One Blue Ocean as a member of the creative team.
He broke 2 World Records in Deepest Scuba dive (male) and Deepest Sea Dive.
She can be found free diving, boating, surfing and pretty much anything revolved around the sea and outback.
Highly regarded in his field of expertise, Andre is one of the most in demand water camera operators in Australia. Andre has worked on some of the largest and most complex ocean documentaries ever filmed in Australia.
Chris Bertish is a man of many passions. He has set world records, Stand up paddled solo across the Atlantic, surfed monster waves, presented keynote talks to hundreds of thousands across the globe, written best-selling books and directed motion picture documentaries. Somehow, he has still managed to grow multiple entrepreneurial businesses in South Africa and across the world, and to fight for our youth, our planet and our future. A man of many passions, indeed. And one who doesn’t believe in IMPOSSIBLE!
In everything he does - from inspiring audiences around the world, speaking for companies like NASA, Google, Cisco and the World Economic Forum in Davos, to breaking world records in big wave surfing, stand-up paddle-boarding or Wing foiling, Chris Bertish shifts boundaries and shatters perceptions of what’s possible. All new projects he takes on highlight Climate Change, Conservation, Education and Sustainability, while giving back to multiple charities as a powerful example of hope, courage, inspiration, action and resilience. His mantra – “Dream it. See it. Believe it. Achieve it” - defines his approach to success across multiple sports. He uses his world-first adventures to highlight the actions and endurance needed to deal with Climate issues, education and reducing our carbon emissions to zero by 2050. This journey will be hard, just like the challenge of getting to net zero, but it's action we must take, and we must all change and do our part. It’s going to take courage, innovation, determination and resilience to get there, but if we work together, stay focused, determined and never give up, we will be able to do this. By crossing an ocean, Chris hopes to show that we can all make a difference, take action, take a stand and literally do anything, even the seemingly impossible.
She’s worked on various creative projects from Festival performances and activations to, most recently, assisting with the opening of Wink World, an immersive visual/musical experience at AREA15 Las Vegas.
Originally from South Florida, this Dominican Scottish Artist currently resides Pacific side in MAUI, HAWAII where one might find her at the water's edge in the form of a mermaid.
An ocean enthusiast, Sonia has had a lifelong love of the sea. Growing up near the Atlantic Ocean served as an endless source of inspiration for Sonia's creativity and imagination. She is consistently in awe of the majesty and magic of Earth's One Blue Ocean.
Craig's love of the ocean and the outdoors is only rivalled by his keen business acumen which he applies to his asset management enterprise and role as Head of Commercial for a blue chip company in the Middle East, where he also represents World Commerce and Contracting as a Council Member.
Craig loves combining his passion for art, nature and the environment with his creative talents and technology to achieve and provide powerful new perspectives.
Already at the age of 3 he explored the underwater world with a diving mask and snorkel and always had a close connection to the sea. This passion has not stopped to this day.
His 2 sons did their junior OWD at the age of 10 and now sometimes accompany him when exploring the underwater world.
His hobbies include filming and editing all kinds of travel videos, as well as enduro mountain biking and electronic music.
Roman has traveled to all continents of the world several times and has been to many dreamlike places on this earth from Australia, Southeast Asia, Africa to America.
However, he prefers to be under water.
Together with Dr. Grażyna Pająk, she has built a health empire over the last 17 years. In April 2018, she received a prestigious distinction from Paris in the Holistic Beauty Awards category for her passion for gaining knowledge in the field of dietetics and a healthy lifestyle, as well as her involvement in modern media education and promotion of health issues. She is the CEO of COSMO HEALTH LTD, a company managing a portfolio of brands such as drGRACE, Metabolic IQ, AQUAcell, GreenTECH by AQUAcell, Vistula Destinations. She is an expert in sustainable green technologies and the quality of public spaces and serves on multiple boards in this space that includes - Emirates Green Building Council, WELL Building Institute in New York - Airport Advisory, WELL City Advisory, Health Equity Advisory and Special COVID Task Force Advisory, Certified BIO- WELL.
She is a consistent speaker at international conferences in the Middle East and cooperates with UAE government institutions, e.g. MOCCaE, Abu Dhabi Environment Agency, AIM for Climate, COP28, UN.
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