COCO-MAT Broadway is proudly displaying Ellen Cuylaerts (1970) award winning underwater & wildlife photography
COCO-MAT Broadway: Coco Mat, Upper West Side, 2200 Broadway (Broadway/78th), New York, NY 10024
Ellen Cuylaerts relocated from Belgium to the Cayman Islands in 2009. She studied history in Antwerp & Leuven and got her master’s degree in modern history and education. She home schools her 2 gifted teenagers and decided to take up scuba diving in June 2011. Soon she became a Master Scuba Diver and took up her childhood dream of photography and combined it with the wonders of the underwater world.
After diving a few months she signed up for a workshop on the island with top underwater photographer & marine biologist Dr. Alex Mustard and decided to use the skills she learned to spread awareness and contribute to conservation and preservation of the fragile marine environment.
Her basic concern is the decay of the oceans by pollution, overfishing, the brutal act of shark finning and dolphin and whale slaughtering.
Ellen’s main drive is shooting images that contribute to achieving goals in conservation of marine life and education about the importance of our oceans, and to capture the hearts and the will-to-act before it’s too late.
Ellen has received numerous awards for her pictures and was the 2013 World Champion in the yearly online underwater photo competition ‘underwaterphotography.com. June 2014 & again 2015 she became first and second in the United Nations’ World Oceans Day Photo Competition (category interaction and seascapes). She was inducted in the Ocean Artist Society in 2014.
In 2015 Ellen was accepted as a Fellow Explorer International in the NYC Chapter of the world renowned & exclusive Explorers Club. 2016 she became a member of the Flag & Honors Committee of the Explorers Club, having a front seat at future explorations!
View Ellen’s work at: www.ellencuylaerts.com