Masa Ushioda Marine Wildlife Conservation Photographer

The Photographer

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Masa Ushioda was born and raised in Japan. Having grown up by a river in a suburb of Tokyo, he had an enormous interest in all aquatic life. When he grew up, his playground naturally expanded to the more diverse, fascinating world of the ocean. He purchased his first underwater camera in 1989 and started photographing Japanese marine wildlife while working as a dive master on Miyake Island off Tokyo and around Izu Peninsula in Suruga Bay.

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Photo by David B. Fleetham

After graduating Waseda University in Tokyo, he decided to pursue his interest in photography. He attended the University of Miami in Florida, majoring in Fine Art Photography. At the university, he spent days and nights in the dark room and studio gaining the knowledge of the art of photography and mastering various photographic skills and latest techniques of that time. During his free time he made countless dives in the Florida Keys and Bahamas in order to capture Caribbean underwater scenes for his art. After successful photo exhibitions at museums and galleries around South Florida, he earned his Bachelor of Fine Art in Photography.

Masa started working at, a stock photo agency specializing in marine wildlife photography, in Miami in 1997, and was relocated to Kona, Big Island of Hawaii with the company that summer. In Hawaii he was completely fascinated and inspired by the pristine Hawaiian ocean and the unique creatures living in it, in particular, by the large marine animals. He began concentrating on photographing whales, dolphins, sharks, and other large pelagic fish around Hawaii. In 1998 he founded his own company, LLC, which represents his entire collection of stock photos for licensing for commercial and industrial uses, as well as selling his art prints to collectors, museums, and aquariums worldwide. His photographs are also represented by many other professional stock photo agencies and galleries around the world, and are featured internationally in hundreds of magazines, books, calendars, other commercial graphic products, TV programs, and advertisements every year.

More About Masa Ushioda & His Work

Covers & Published Work

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We have gathered a handful of his published art work that we were able to collect the copies of. Unfortunately many of them are not listed here because thousands of his published art work are licensed through his agents around the world, therefore, in most case, it is not possible for us to obtain such copies. If you see a cover or a chapter opener, full page or double page spread using his pictures, please let us know and help us collecting the copy. We'll give you a free print!


Credits & Testimonials

His photographs have been used in all kinds of publications, advertisement, TVs, web sites, multimedia projects and many graphic products such as calendars, posters and postcards, wherever his pictures were demanded throughout the world. This is a short list of his corporate clients, collectors, patrons who regularly license his stock photos for their publications or various projects