Sharon Wada | Judges’ Choice, Macro/Micro/All Other

2020 Showcase Top 24 Winner

About Sharon

Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, I’ve been a serious amateur underwater photographer for about 20 years and have been enjoying taking classes from NANPA and other pros to improve my land-based imagery of birds and landscapes over the past 10 years.

My goal is to capture the behaviors and habitats of the tiniest creatures to the largest mammals on land and sea. I feel compelled to accelerate my work given growing threats to the health of our coral reefs and so many other natural places on our planet.

During the first half of my life as a “city girl,” I used 35mm photography to document family, friends and vacations. In spite of being surrounded by incredible natural beauty, my literal immersion into nature photography began in my 30s after I learned to scuba dive. In addition, friends invited me to hike and rock climb in the Cascades and eventually summit Mount Adams and Baker. These experiences nurtured a strong desire for exploring natural spaces with camera in tow.

I’m grateful to mentors Nick Buckley (Grand Cayman) as well as Josh Jensen and Liz Harlin (Australia). Their teaching and encouragement accompany me under the waves.

Explore more of Sharon’s work at or on Instagram @seashaz.

As a NANPA Member

I joined NANPA in 2016. Two of my images placed in the top 250 in Showcase 2017; an image in the top 100 and one in the top 250 in Showcase 2019.