Upwell is grateful to partner with talented artists to promote the protection of sea turtles around the world.

We extend our thanks to all contributors for allowing the use of their images, videos and illustrations showcasing sea turtles on our website and in other settings. These brilliant works enable us to showcase truly magnificent creatures and inspire conservation.

If you are a scientific illustrator or photographer and would like to contribute photos or get involved in our mission of protecting turtles at sea, please contact us.

Jeremy Bishop

Jeremy Bishop is based in Los Angeles and has been traveling and photographing in the water since 2014. He first found his passion for photography and the water by shooting surf with the GoPro in Hawaii. Being in the water has opened his eyes to the unique patterns and textures in nature. His goal is to serve others.


Marcello Di Francesco

Born in La Spezia in 1975, Marcello Di Francesco is a Scuba Instructor specialized in Underwater and travel Photography.  In over 10 years of activity he has packed thousands of dives all around the world. He has won many awards including Underwater Photographer of the Year in 2015 in London. He regularly contributes with some Italian and International specialized magazines, his pictures and stories have been published on Mondo Sommerso, Il Subacqueo, Scuba Magazine, Touchen, EZdive, Scuba zone, Asian diver and many others.


Jürgen Freund

Born in Dortmund, Germany in 1959, Jürgen studied mechanical engineering before working as an industrial photographer in Munich. He acquired an underwater camera even before learning how to scuba-dive in 1981 and has been working full-time as a marine and wildlife photographer since 1995. Jürgen has traveled all over the world, taking highly acclaimed images that are published worldwide and is a senior fellow with the International League of Conservation Photographers. 


Stephen Frink

Stephen Frink is among the world’s most frequently published underwater photographers. In 1978 he opened a small studio dedicated to underwater photo services. He worked as a photojournalist for Skin Diver magazine for 17-years, covering much of the Caribbean, Bahamas, and Florida Keys for the publication. Subsequently he worked as the Director of Photography for Scuba Diving magazine. Most recently, Stephen has been the publisher of Alert Diver Magazine, a beautiful coffee-table collectible magazine for the members of the Divers Alert Network.


Sergi Garcia

Sergi is an underwater photographer and freelance architect from Barcelona. He specializes in wildlife in the Mediterranean Sea. Sergi is a recipient of numerous awards for his photography including the 2015 Gold Medal in the International Photo Contest of Narava. In 2014, four of his images were also displayed in the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.


Ben Hicks

Ben Hicks is based in Boca Raton, Florida and has traveled around the world photographing beachscapes, landscapes and sea turtles. Through photography, Ben aims to inspire environmental awareness by depicting nature in a way that others can connect with. Ben shows an affinity for sea turtles and strives for a more prosperous future for the generations to come.


Ralph Pace

Ralph is a freelance underwater and environmental photographer living in Monterey, California. And, during the winter months, Ralph works on the Hawaiian island of Maui with Whale Trust to document humpback whales.  Using his education in science, Ralph hopes to act as an interpreter to simplify scientific messages through imagery to tell science stories. Ralph's work has been published and used by many NGOs for educational, promotional, advocacy, identification and enforcement purposes.


Michael Patrick O’Neill

Born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil, Michael is an award-winning photographer, author and FAA Certified (Part 107) drone pilot specializing in marine wildlife and environmental issues. He has written and photographed seven non-fiction marine life books designed to encourage school children to read, write and become involved in science and conservation. He has presented to over 500,000 kids in more than 400 schools in the US in the last 15 years. 


Dawn Witherington

Dawn Witherington specializes in graphic design and scientific illustration. Her biological training and ability to coordinate with experts results in accurate artistic depictions of species, life histories, and ecological relationships. Dawn was trained as a graphic design artist at the Art Institutes of Colorado and Ft. Lauderdale. During a 35-year career as a professional artist, Dawn worked as art director for a number of advertising agencies before establishing her own freelance business.


Daiga Ellaby

Daiga is learning to grow and bloom wherever she is, in any situation, place and season. She enjoys taking photos of the little things that make her, her home and her family life better. She features her wonderful photos in her blog Bloom In Your Day.