Ellen Cuylaerts moved from Belgium to the Cayman Islands in 2009. She studied history in Antwerp & Leuven and received her Master's Degree in Modern History and Education.
Ellen decided to take up scuba diving in June 2011. Soon she became a master scuba diver and took up her childhood dream of photography and combined it with the wonder of the underwater world. After diving a few months she signed up for a workshop on the island with renowned underwater photographer & marina biologist Dr. Alex Mustard and decided to use the skills she learned to contribute to the conservation and preservation of the fragile marine environment.
Ellen's chief concern is the decay of the oceans from pollution, overfishing, the brutal act of shark finning, and dolphin and whale slaughtering.
Ellen is driven to contribute images that will promote conservation of marine life and education about the importance of our oceans. Ellen hopes her images will capture hearts and inspire the will to act before it's too late.
Ellen has received numerous awards for her photographs and was the 2013 winner in the yearly online underwater photo competition "underwaterphotography.com". She was was recognized for: "World Champion Underwater Photography 2013". She was also the overall winner of the BSoUP/Diver print competition on the Birmingham Dive Show 2013. In June 2014 she was first and second tin the United Nations' first World Ocieans Day Photo Competition (Interaction & Seascapes). She was also inducted into the Ocean Artists Society.