Ambassador to the Marine Environment Photographer,
Adventurer, Diver and Educator Ernest H. Brooks II was
born to be a photographer. As the son of Ernest H. Brooks,
founder of the internationally renowned Brooks Institute
of Photography, he was destined to follow in his father's
footsteps for part of his life's journey before forging
his own path. He graduated from Brooks Institute, served
on the school's executive staff and in 1971 assumed the
office of the president, a position he held until 2000
when the institute was sold.
Ernie has won international acclaim for underwater
photography and audio/visual presentation. As a working
professional, he has contributed to numerous magazines and
organizations including: Cousteau Society, California
Highways, Ocean Realm, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Nature
Conservancy and Natural Wildlife, to name only a few. He
is a recipient of numerous honors and awards including:
1973 'Triton Award' Inner Space Pacifica, Hawaii; 1975 'NOGI'
The Underwater Society of America; 1977 'National Award'
Professional Photographers of America; 1971 through 1980
Hall of Fame elector Photographic Arts and Science
Foundation; 1978 Camera Craftsmen of America; served on
the National Advisory Council of the National Society of
Arts and Letters; 'Hall of Fame' Underwater Photographic
Society; was honored by the Oceanic Community of SSI and
Nikon for 5000 hours honor, 'The 1996 Partner's Award,'
was received from the American Oceans Campaign for his
lifelong commitment and dedication to our oceans.
His book, Silver Seas, is available at