Created 30-Jun-13
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Bruce Yates is an investment manager in Seattle, but spends every minute he can underwater. Underwater photography began as a hobby over a decade ago, developed into more of an obsession, and has now turned into a lifetime passion for him. He has been fortunate enough to be able to visit many of the top dive destinations in the world. One of his photos, a “Cheshire Cat Grin” shark photo, beat out more than 20,000 entries to win the Oceans category of Nature’s Best Photography’s international photo contest. As a result, a huge print of it was displayed in the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, and it was subsequently published around the world in magazines, newspapers—even in a Dutch school textbook! Thousands of people all over the world visit Bruce’s website (www.UnderwaterReflections.com) each year. Bruce donates all profit from his photography to charity. Currently he supports the International Children’s Surgical Foundation (www.ICSFoundation.org), which sends volunteer medical teams to lesser developed countries to correct facial deformities in children. Thus far, Bruce’s photography has raised more than $20,000 for ICSF, enough to perform surgeries on more than a hundred children. That has made his passion for underwater photography even stronger and the results more gratifying. The Fin Foundation is honored to have Bruce as a contributing photographer.

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