Rick Miskiv is a photographer, designer, and VR filmmaker with a background in fine arts and tech who works with various organizations to help them communicate their work to a broader audience. He has collaborated with Oceans 360, The Hydrous, Asner Lab, Parley for the Oceans, The Ocean Agency, Friends of Ocean Action and MarAlliance on projects related to ocean education, conservation and research. In addition to photography and filmmaking, Rick founded his own eco-minded ocean gear brand, 22 Degrees while living and working in Palau. He has also has lived overseas in Japan and Malaysia where he taught design while studying Aikido, Shodo, and Japanese, then later moved to Thailand and Palau to work in the dive industry as a dive master and instructor.
Recently, he joined with Asner Labs / Carnegie Institution for Science on an expedition to document a coral survey of the WW2 wrecks of Bikini Atoll in 3D 180VR in collaboration with Oceans 360. As one of the featured photographers of The Ocean Agency’s Coral Reef Image Bank, he has contributed photographs for use in ocean conservation efforts. Rick was also a producer, the director of underwater photography and VR cameraman for the The Hydrous VR Immerse Ocean Documentary which has been accepted to the International Ocean Film Festival and will be presented in March 2019. In Spring 2019, he will be joining the MarAlliance team in Central America to document their conservation and research efforts in order to tell their story to a larger audience.