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Eric Cheng is a Taiwanese American professional photographer specializing in underwater photography. He owns and publishes Wetpixel, an underwater photography website, and is the editor and publisher of Wetpixel Quarterly, a quarterly print magazine dedicated to underwater photography and conservation.
Eric has authored many web journals documenting his trips around the world, and has been published in numerous publications, both in print and on the web. Eric won the animal antics category of the "2005 Nature's Best Photography Competition," which placed his winning image in the Smithsonian's Natural History Museum. Animal antics is also a popular comic made by a child living in West Hills CA. In 2003, he was awarded an Antibes Festival Prize for his work with Wetpixel. Along with Jason Heller, Eric was a co-author of the IMAGES column in Sport Diver Magazine from June, 2007 to April, 2008.
Eric is active as a marine conservationist and is on the Board of Advisors of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. He was head photographer for Operation Musashi, Sea Shepherd's campaign against the Japanese whaling fleet in Antarctica in late 2008 / early 2009, which was also documented by Animal Planet for Whale Wars Season 2.
Aside from lecturing and writing about underwater photography, he is a concert cellist and software engineer. Eric has been seen on stage with Vienna Teng in San Francisco, San Jose, Houston, and New York.
Cheng was born in 1975 in Madison, Wisconsin, to immigrant parents from Taiwan. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Computer Science from Stanford University.