Professional Nikon Photographer specializing in underwater imagery. As an avid scuba diver and ocean enthusiast, Amanda’s goal is to help the general public embrace the beauty below the waves, in hopes that with awareness comes concern. The conservation and preservation of this ecosystem is of the highest priority to Amanda.
While she enjoys owning and operating a conservation-minded design/media company, A COTTON PHOTO Creative Works LLC, Amanda takes great pride in working with like-minded organisations that genuinely care about the planet and its inhabitants, both above and below the waves.

Amanda Cotton Oztek 2017 Presenter

Amanda Cotton was the first female photographer to photograph American Crocodiles underwater in Banco Chinchorro in Mexico for a feature on the Discovery Channel showcasing the UNESCO Marine Biosphere Reserve Project. She was the lead underwater photographer on the USS Mohawk artificial wreck project for a 360 spherical mapping survey for Google Earth. Amanda is Founder and CEO of Water Women Inc, a nonprofit organisation focused on empowering girls ages eight to 18 to become leaders and advocates in water related industries through internships and mentorship programs. She is the creator of “Children and Sharks,” an educational outreach program, seeking to educate children and teens about sharks through hands-on diving experiences, documentation, and lectures. Amanda is an experienced cave diver and cave/tech diving photographer, and is working on several dive industry equipment advertising campaigns.

Amanda and her imagery have been featured in major publications and news sources worldwide including National Geographic, BBC, Discovery Channel, The Weather Channel, Smithsonian Magazine, Times Publishing, CNN, Scuba Diving Magazine, Sport Diver Magazine, Natural History Magazine, Earthweek, Science Daily and more.

Amanda Cotton Oztek 2017 Presenter

Working with organisations such as Scholastic Books, The Conservation Fund, Consortium For Ocean Leadership, Women Diver’s Hall of Fame, Marine Life Protection Act, and Rourke Publishing has allowed Amanda’s imagery to have a positive impact on the oceans through education and outreach programs designed to improve awareness toward the plight the oceans now face.

Amanda is honoured to be a Member of The Explorers Club and the Ocean Artists Society. She is a recent inductee into the Women Divers Hall of Fame.