Ralph Pace

United States

Ralph Pace is a freelance underwater and environmental photographer based in Monterey, California.

He holds a graduate degree in Marine Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography where he used an economic value of a surfing wave and photography to stop the construction of a marina project that would ruin a lagoon, critical sea turtle nesting habitat, and a world-class surf break. 

In his work Pace hopes to act as an interpreter to simplify scientific messages through imagery to tell science and conservation stories. His work has been published and used by NGOs for educational, promotional, advocacy, identification, and enforcement purposes.

Pace has worked with The Washington Post, The Nature Conservancy, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Waitt Institute, National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), Whale Trust, Sea Turtle Conservancy, Parque National Tortuguero, Pfleger Institute of Environmental Research (P.I.E.R), Medical Missionaries, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission.

His work has been published by National Geographic, National Geographic Explorer, Nature, Smithsonian, GEO, Discover, Science et Vie Junior, Sportdiver, National Wildlife, Sportfishing Magazine, Southern Fried Science, and the Weather Channel among others.

World Press Photo Involvement:
Award-winning photographer 2021 Photo Contest

Ralph Pace on Social Media:
Instagram: @ralphpace

Ralph Pace

Image credit: Flip Nicklin