Rob Stewart
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  • "Rob Stewart is the new Jacques Cousteau. "
    -Toronto Life

  • "Compelling...part gorgeous, ethereal swim with the sharks, part message movie about the slaughter of the innocents."
    -Bruce Kirkland, Toronto Sun

  • "Stewart...uncovers the presence of dozens of clandestine shark fin-drying operations overseen by the Taiwanese mafia, contributing to the serious depletion of the world’s shark populations. In between all the environmental derring-do, ducking both pirates and police, Stewart finds himself sidelined with a life-threatening flesh-eating virus, but it isn’t long before he again takes up the cause."
    -The Hollywood Reporter

  • "Stewart’s footage is superb…an eco-upset tale as complex and cautionary as ‘Darwin’s Nightmare.’"
    -David Rooney, Variety

Rob Stewart

While on assignment to photograph sharks in the Galapagos Islands, Rob Stewart discovered illegal long lining, indiscriminately killing sharks within the marine reserve. He tried promoting awareness through print campaigns, but when the public didn't respond, Rob decided to make a film to bring people closer to sharks. At the age of 22, he left his photography career behind and embarked on a remarkable journey over the span of four years and through 15 different countries, resulting in the epic: Sharkwater (2007).

When Rob boarded Sea Shepherd's ship, Sharkwater took a turn from a beautiful underwater film into an incredible human drama filled with corruption, espionage, attempted murder charges, and mafia rings, forcing Rob and his crew to become part of the story. During filming, Rob encountered every obstacle imaginable, including life-threatening diseases such as West Nile, Tuberculosis, Dengue Fever and a flesh-eating disease.

The film has been hugely successful, premiering at the Toronto Film Festival and winning a "Canada's Top Ten" award. Sharkwater went on to become the most award-winning documentary of the year, winning 36 awards at the most prestigious film festivals around the world. Sharkwater made history with the largest opening weekend of any Canadian documentary and the third largest opening weekend of a documentary in Canadian history, second only to Fahrenheit 9/11 and Supersize Me. Rob's first book, Sharkwater: An Odyssey to Save the Planet was released in October 2007 by Key Porter Books.

Before making Sharkwater, Rob spent four years traveling the world as chief photographer for the Canadian Wildlife Federation's magazines and as an award-winning freelance photojournalist. Rob's award-winning library of underwater motion and still images has been sought out by some of the most popular and well-respected media companies around the globe, from BBC Wildlife, Discovery Channel, ABC, Asian Diver, Entertainment Tonight and various GEO magazines. Rob's second film, Revolution, hit theaters in April 2013.

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