Roger Steene is among the world's most prominent underwater photographers. He has always lived near Australia's Great Barrier Reef, and is closely affiliated with several maritime biology institutions around the world. He has more than a dozen books on marine life to his credit, including Coral Seas.
[Steene] records underwater scenes few of us have the resources, skill, or patience to behold, rendered with a startling sharpness and brilliance.--Laurence A. Marschall"Natural History" (01/01/2008) A volume that embraces the majestic and [the] minute in like measure.--Bill Thompson"The Post and Courier (Charleston SC)" (12/09/2007) This book could just as easily have been entitled Pictures from Paradise.... From the warty frogfish to the Tiffany-glass fantasy of the male mantis shrimp, [the photos] are sometimes strange, often beautiful and always fascinating.-- (08/25/2007) Perhaps one of the most remarkably beautiful books of the year.--Ottawa Citizen (09/02/2007) Colors are almost outrageously stunning... demystifies the planet's darkest frontier, revealing exquisite beauty.... The oceans are Earth's last frontier and this book makes pioneers of us all.... an ideal book for naturalists, travelers and divers -- and anyone else with a passion for marine conservation and photography.-- (08/02/2007) The range of colour, hue, and design of each creature and plant is unbelievable, and the aptitudes of some totally intriguing.... Oceanic Wilderness will not disappoint you.-- (12/01/2007) The colors of these underwater habitats alone are mind boggling ... spectacular color photos ... and astonishing color variations, make this book hard to put down. Like visions of another world, these photographs have a magical quality that should delight anyone with an interest in animals, the sea or photography in general.-- (08/20/2007) This large format, 300+ page volume of more than 600 magnificent color photographs reveals the breathtaking beauty of life beneath the oceans. The photographs are amazing... Oceanic Wilderness will make an excellent gift for anyone who enjoys the sea.-- (09/01/2007) A truly breathtaking collection of over 600 well-captioned photos ... over 300 pages showcase spectacular images of the brilliant, intricate, amazing creatures ... The incredible beauty and bizarreness represented in the photographs [make] this volume a priceless tool adding to our understanding of the marine environment and the importance of protecting its fascinating bio-diversity. This is a book to place near a comfortable chair to be explored and savored over time.-- (03/01/2008) Talk about scary underwater creatures.--The Province (Vancouver) (12/09/2007)