Ernie’s contribution to the photographic world spans nearly as long as his life, and his dedication to documenting and protecting marine life and habitats stretches nearly as far. Favoring black and white imagery over color, Ernie has captured life beneath the sea in close to every ocean on Earth, and has an extensive list of awards and accolades from oceanographic and photographic organizations alike.
Explore the unique style and technique he brought to the profession, and the breathtaking moments he captured above and below the sea.
Ernest Brooks' old school photography style is on display in the International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum in St Louis, Missouri.
Brooks' work earned him Beneath the Sea's 2012 Legend of the Sea. Sport Diver takes a deeper look at the underwater photographer in an interview.
Renowned underwater photographer, intrepid diver, and marine conservation activist turns 80.
In his multi-decade career, underwater photographer and educator Ernie Brooks has had an incredible array of adventures, capturing it all in timeless black-and-white images for the world to see.
For Ernie Brooks, photography has been a vehicle to new lands, a medium of self-expression, and a gateway to adventure.
In celebration of Ernie's 80th birthday, Ed Stetson organized a diving trip to Socorro Island with some of Ernie's friends, including underwater celebrities and fellow photographers and divers.
Work from Ernie Brooks, Ansel Adams, and Dorothy Kerper Monnelly engages viewers in a respectful and emotional connection to water.