NHA News Release: July 26, 2016

Nantucket Underwater Photographer & Professional Diver Ben Phillips Returns to Whaling Museum on August 14

Moby-Dick RehearsedNANTUCKET, MA – The Nantucket Historical Association (NHA) is pleased to welcome back Nantucket professional diver and underwater photographer Ben Phillips for a special lecture titled “Nantucket’s Offshore Wonders,” on Sunday, August 14, 2016, at 6 P.M. at the Whaling Museum, 13 Broad Street.

Ben Phillips, a Nantucket native, is an underwater photographer, travel-diving specialist and diving instructor. Over the past six years, he has spent much time diving and photographing underwater subjects in top destinations in Southeast Asia. He is currently photographing around Nantucket and Cape Cod for large pelagic fish, which live in the zones of ocean or lake water that are neither close to the bottom nor near the shore. His travel-diving company, Next Level Adventure, specializes in bringing groups of people on customized diving trips all around the world.

”We are thrilled to welcome back Nantucket’s own Ben Phillips for the second year in a row,” says Brianne Roth, NHA Public Programs Coordinator. “His photography and film bring us closer to marine life across the globe as well as off Nantucket’s shores and he opens up a world that few get to experience up close!”

Phillips honed his diving and photography skills in his mid-twenties when he travelled to Southeast Asia, gaining access to the “coral triangle,” a 3.7 million square mile patch of ocean that spans from Indonesia to the Philippines to Papua New Guinea, which has the highest concentration of marine life on the planet. Phillips’ specialty has been photographing microorganisms with high-powered macro lenses that would normally be invisible to the naked eye.

"It's an honor to be coming back and presenting again at the NHA,” says Ben Phillips. “The Whaling Museum is an amazing venue, and I hope to make this an annual event in the future."

A selection of Phillips’ photographs will be on sale on the night of the lecture at the Whaling Museum directly after his lecture.

Admission is $10 per person and advanced tickets are highly recommended.  Tickets are on sale at www.nha.org/tickets. Doors open at 5:30 P.M., with the lecture beginning promptly at 6 P.M.

For more information, visit www.nha.org or call (508) 228-1894.

Event Information:
Special Lecture: “Nantucket’s Offshore Wonders”
with Underwater Photographer and Professional Diver Ben Phillips
Sunday, August 14, 2016
6 P.M. (doors open at 5:30 P.M.)
Whaling Museum, 13 Broad Street