Warren Baverstock - verstodigital.com – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Based in the Middle East as a marine biologist/aquarium curator, Warren is one of the most recognised underwater photographers within the United Arab Emirates region and has won various awards for his work. Globally, Warren has had his work recognised by the likes of Time Magazine and has won several competitions including the popular British Underwater Image Festival. As an author of many articles, his work has been published in several dive magazines including the well-recognised German dive magazine, Tauchen. Warren's work has also been featured in four book publications to date, Arabian Seas - Divers Paradise, Arabia's Cycle of Life, Jordan's Gardens of Light and Whale Sharks: An Introduction to the World's Largest Fish from One of the World's Smallest Nations The Seychelles.
Warren has been involved with a number of filming projects within the region such as the popular television documentary "Arabia's Cycle of Life" and the more recent and ongoing "Sharkquest Arabia". Having a passion for elasmobranch conservation, Warren has gained essential filming experience by joining researchers in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Djibouti and the Maldives where his filming has included large aggregations of whale sharks and manta rays. With vast experience of working with marine animals within a commercial aquarium environment, Warren specialises in aquaria photography/videography and specialises in the building and filming of artificial environments for documentaries.
As aquarium curator of the world’s most luxurious hotel, The Burj Al Arab, Warren's passion for marine life is brought to the surface and exhibited for all to see in three stunningly well stocked aquarium exhibits. Behind the scenes, Warren and his team are heavily committed to the their zebra shark parthenogenesis research programme where the team have successfully reared pups over 4 consecutive years. More recently, the team successfully published their scientific paper in the Journal of Fish Biology, which received global media coverage from the likes of the BBC and the National Geographic.
Heavily committed to the marine environment Warren manages the region's only sea turtle rehabilitation project and working alongside the Wildlife Protection Office the project is hugely successful. Since the project started in 2004, Warren and the team have successfully rescued, rehabilitated and released over 500 sea turtles. Promoting educational awareness is of huge importance to the project and the teamwork tirelessly in educating local school children, guests and visitors about the plight of the sea turtle. This highly popular conservation initiative is regularly publicised with the most recent being covered by National Geographic Magazine.