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Eric Cheng, Underwater Photographer

Eric Cheng is Director of Aerial Imaging at DJI and is an award-winning underwater photographer known for his passion as an educator. Eric won a prestigious Antibes Festival award for his work with, the Antibes underwater imaging web site of the year. His underwater photographs have won contests like the prestigious Nature's Best Magazine photo competition, which placed some of his work in the Smithsonian's Natural History Museum. Eric's photography has been seen in over 60 magazines and books worldwide.

Eric is the editor and publisher of, the premiere online community for underwater photographers. Hosting thousands registered underwater photographers internationally, Wetpixel's friendly community offers breaking news, reviews, features, community forums, image galleries, photo contests, photo expeditions, and more.

In 2007, Eric and co-editor Elijah Woolery launched Wetpixel Quarterly, a landscape print magazine featuring the best in underwater photography. In both online and print endeavors, Eric strives to provide a forum for photographers to share their work and discuss ocean-related issues, and in turn, educate viewers about the beauty and fragility of the marine ecosystem.

Caught between technical and creative worlds, Eric holds bachelor's and master's degrees in computer science from Stanford University, where he also studied classical cello performance.

Through Wetpixel Expeditions, Eric leads regular photography expeditions and workshops around the world. He has given seminars and lectures internationally at events such as TEDx, Boston Sea Rovers Clinic, DEMA, Digital Shootouts, Kona Classic, Scuba Diving Magazine events, and others.

Eric is also involved in ocean conservation, and is on the Board of Directors of Shark Savers, an organization dedicated to shark conservation. He was also head photographer for Operation Musashi, Sea Shepherd's 2008-2009 anti-whaling campaign in Antarctica, which was featured in season 2 of the hit TV show, Whale Wars.

Eric's underwater images can be found on his photography website: (dated)

You can also buy photographic prints of some of Eric's work.



  • Courrier International
  • Daily Telegraph (UK)
  • Daily Mail (UK)
  • Daily Mirror (UK)
  • Daily Star (UK)
  • Digital Photo FX
  • DigitalFOTO
  • Dive Magazine (UK) (covers)
  • DiverChannel (HK, China) (cover)
  • Duiken (Netherlands)
  • E-Photo
  • Fathoms
  • Financial Times (Europe, US, Asia)
  • FiNS (Asia)
  • GEO Italy
  • Giant Robot (#65, #66)
  • Islands
  • MAXIM Russia
  • Mountain Travel Sobek (catalog)
  • National Geographic KIDS
  • National Wildlife
  • Nature
  • Nature's Best
  • New Zealand Geographic
  • Ocean Chronicles (Spain)
  • Outdoor Life
  • PDN - Photo District News
  • Palo Alto Weekly
  • Paradise, Inflight with Air Niugini (cover)
  • Planeta Sub (Portugal)
  • Popular Photography & Imaging
  • Scuba Diver Australasia
  • Scuba Diving
  • ScubaCore (DVD)
  • Shark Diver
  • Smithsonian
  • Sport Diver (cover)
  • Sport Fishing
  • Stanford Lively Arts
  • Strings
  • The Sun (UK)
  • SuperScience, Scholastic
  • Tauchen (Germany) (cover)
  • Travel Savvy
  • Unterwasser (Germany)
  • Wetpixel Quarterly (cover, feature)
  • X-Ray International Dive Magazine (cover)


Portfolios and Interviews

Contests and Awards


Television/Internet TV


Books (Contributions)

  • Complete Guide to Digital Infrared Photography, by Joe Farace (Lark Books)
  • Galapagos, by Paul D. Stewart (BBC Books)
  • Safe: Design Takes on Risk (MoMA)
  • The Advanced Digital Photographer's Workbook (Focal Press)
  • The Art of Diving, by Nick Hanna, Alex Mustard (Ultimate Sports)
  • The Focal Enclyclopedia of Photography, 4th Edition (Focal Press)
  • The Future of Memories, by Dane Howard (Microsoft Press / Peachpit Press)
  • Big Book of Apple Hacks (O'Reilly)
  • Les Seigneurs de la Mer (SharkWater), by Julie Delfour
  • Ignite the Genius Within, by Dr. Christine Ranck and Christopher Lee Nutter


Music Clients

  • Bin Huang
  • Osvaldo Golijov
  • Rob Kapilow
  • St. Lawrence String Quartet
  • Vienna Teng