Matt Curnock

Often mistaken for a marine biologist, Matt works for CSIRO (based in Townsville) helping to solve natural resource management problems through social science.  His PhD on the sustainable management of swim-with-dwarf minke whales tourism in the Great Barrier Reef, and ongoing work with the Minke Whale Project, have enabled him to study and photograph these charismatic whales each winter for nearly two decades. He continues to seek out close encounters with marine megafauna around the world, but enjoys diving and photographing the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef most of all. Matt’s images have been featured in a range of scientific, travel, scuba diving and conservation-related publications, including the covers of Ecos Magazine and Australian Antarctic Magazine; have been used in marine conservation campaigns by the World Society for the Protection of Animals and Sea Shepherd Conservation Society; appear in reports by the International Whaling Commission and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority; and have won awards or accolades from the Cairns Underwater Film FestivalOur World Underwater, Beneath the Sea, Underwater Australasia and Nature’s Best Photography.

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