Jill Heinerth

Jill Heinerth A pioneering underwater explorer and film maker, Jill Heinerth has dived deeper into caves than any woman in history. With a collection of magnificent images, from inside Antarctic icebergs to crystal underwater cathedrals, Jill shares a glimpse of a breathtaking world few will experience in person. Jill’s photography and writing have been featured in prominent publications and major media outlets around the world. She regularly contributes to the development of training materials for international dive organizations, and is the author of three exceptional books on cave diving and underwater photography. Jill wrote, produced, and appeared in a number of underwater adventure films, including the award winning PBS documentary series “Water’s Journey.” She has been called upon by Hollywood producers as a diving technical consultant, directing difficult underwater scenes. This year, Jill has had many superlative expeditionary experiences. She explored and surveyed over 8000 feet of new cave passages in remote Acklins Island. During Jill’s most recent expedition to ocean sea mounts off Bermuda, she completed the deepest dives ever conducted in the region in support of a NOAA scientific mission. Her next major expedition is planned for early 2012, when Jill and a team of off road motorcyclists will explore the Western Desert of Egypt, diving into oasis springs with National Geographic. Jill Heinerth’s accolades include induction to the inaugural class of the Women Diver’s Hall of Fame, being named Canadian Technical Diver of the Year and being presented with the prestigious Wyland Icon Award. Jill’s formal education includes a degree in Fine Arts in Visual Communications and Design and she has successfully combined her love for the underwater world with her artistic talent, leading to scores of photography and filmmaking awards.

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