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AUSTIN FERGUSON is a wildlife and underwater conservation photographer and filmmaker from Bainbridge Island, Washington who is currently based between Bristol, UK and Hansville, Washington. He is a graduate with first class honors of Falmouth University's Marine and Natural History Photography program in the United Kingdom, and Capilano University's Documentary Film Production program in North Vancouver, BC. In 2018 he placed 3rd in Underwater Photographer of the Year in the Emerging Talent category and has been nominated for the inaugural Wildscreen Photo Story Panda Award in the Emerging Talent category. He is a certified PADI Dive Master and PADI Underwater Photography Instructor with experience diving, snorkeling, assisting and shooting on projects in the Galapagos Islands with the Galapagos National Park, the Cape Eleuthera Institute in the Bahamas and in remote wilderness locations such as the Tongass National Forest in South East Alaska. He also has experience as a canoe guide and has lead multi-day whitewater canoe trips as long as 17 days in Quebec and Ontario, Canada.