Richard Vevers

Founder and CEO of The Ocean Agency

Richard Vevers

Before diving into ocean and coral reef conservation, Richard Vevers first worked at top London advertising agencies and then as an artist and underwater photographer. This background guided his unique creative and business-thinking approach to ocean conservation. His work, which reveals what is happening to our oceans, is some of the most viewed underwater imagery of all time, and, thanks to his ideas, projects and public speaking, he is a leading voice in the fight to save coral reefs.

His projects successes include inventing the SVII camera and taking Google Street View underwater, pioneering virtual reality ocean education – currently available to over 90 million children – and creating the XL Catlin Seaview Survey, the most comprehensive underwater photographic survey and record of coral reefs with over one million images captured and analyzed. Vevers was instrumental in revealing the crisis facing coral reefs in the Netflix Original Documentary “Chasing Coral”, which won the 2018 Emmy for Outstanding Nature Documentary. He has also played a key role in 50 Reefs, a global scientific study to help target and inspire effective conservation support and action, resulting in $86 million in funding for science and conservation.