Craig Foster Keynote Speaker
- Academy Award Winning Documentary Filmmaker, My Octopus Teacher (2020)
- Founder of the Sea Change Project, a nonprofit group to protect marine life
- One of the world’s leading natural history filmmakers
Craig Foster's Biography
Craig Foster is a co-founder of the Sea Change Trust and one of the world’s leading natural history filmmakers. He has dedicated himself to learning the secrets of the Great African Seaforest – the inshore kelp habitat at the South West tip of Africa, his underwater home.
Together with Ross he has written a book on their transformative experiences exploring the little-known coastline and shallow seas of the Cape Peninsula. His film My Octopus Teacher (winner of an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, and winner of a Golden Panda, Grand Teton and PGA) follows the story of his year with a wild octopus, at the same time honouring his pact to dive 365 times a year.
Through this regular intensive immersion, he has uncovered a plethora of new animal behaviours and species, one of the species is a shrimp which has been named after him: Heteromysis fosteri. He has founded the Sea Change Project to share his love of nature with others.
Speaking Topics Include:
- Emotional ecology
- Documentary filmmaking and reporting
- Biodiversity and habitat regeneration
- Wildlife and conservation
- Rediscovering the human connection with nature