Michael Patrick O'Neill was a 2015 NBF Visiting Author.
Born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil, Michael Patrick O’Neill is an award-winning photographer, author and FAA Certified (Part 107) drone pilot specializing in marine wildlife and environmental issues. He lives in Palm Beach Gardens, FL, and for the last 27 years has traveled extensively worldwide photographing diverse aquatic animals, habitats and man's impact on them.
He has written and photographed seven non-fiction marine life books designed to encourage school children to read, write and become involved in science and conservation.
His images have appeared in hundreds of publications worldwide including BBC Wildlife, National Geographic Magazine, and The New York Times, among many others, and have won the most prestigious competitions, including World Press Photo, Wildlife Photographer of the Year and Pictures of the Year (POYi).