Danny Copeland is a freelance multi-media specialist focused on creating digital content that aids in marine conservation.
Born and raised in a small, seaside town in North Wales, Danny Copeland has always enjoyed learning about and experiencing the natural world. However after taking his first breaths on SCUBA in 2007, he developed an immediate affinity for life beneath the waves. Regardless of whether he’s on a rebreather in the rivers of Canada, or freediving in the warm waters of Indonesia, Danny is happiest when spending time underwater.
Combined with an underlying passion for digital media and travel, Danny has dived and worked on various projects in over 20 countries across all seven continents. His experiences around the world have shown him first-hand the scale in which humans are changing and often devastating our oceans, and as such Danny’s love for working in the underwater world has transformed into a passion to contribute towards its conservation.
In 2015, Danny spent a year travelling and diving around the world as an OWUSS European Rolex Scholar. His focus was on developing his understanding of how to reconnect people with the oceans they depend upon. Working alongside industry leaders such as world-leading shark scientists, National Geographic photographers, and BBC underwater cameramen, the scholarship proved to be a formative year in directing the future of Danny’s career. He now focuses on collaborating and spearheading projects that utilise multi-media to drive tangible conservation action, for the benefit of our oceans.
Virtual reality has become an increasing aspect of Danny's media-focused conservation work. In Summer 2016, Danny spearheaded the Love Mini Mantas campaign for the Manta Trust, including shooting, directing, editing and producing the campaign's award-winning 360VR film, The Mini Mantas of Maria.
Following the Love Mini Mantas campaign, Danny has continued to be involved in a variety of new underwater VR initiatives. He has since worked with The Dubai Aquarium as the principal underwater cameraman for their innovative VR Zoo exhibit, which offers members of the public 3-minute long experiences with a selection of the world's most endangered marine megafauna.
He is currently working on a 360VR project to increase diving tourism around Lanzarote, and ultimately drive enhanced management of the angelshark population around the island. Additionally he is working on bringing a VR exhibit to Santa Maria in the Azores, so that local stakeholders and tourists can experience the underwater world around this remote archipelago.
CLIENTS & PARTNERS
Save Our Seas Foundation
Our World-Underwater Scholarship Society & Rolex
BBC Natural History Unit - Blue Planet II
National Geographic Magazine & Crittercam
Conservation Media Group
The Dubai Aquarium
SKILLS & QUALIFICATIONS
- UK Health & Safety Executive Class 4 Scuba Diver.
- In date Diving Medical & First Aid Training.
- PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor.
- Rebreather trained (AP Inspiration).
- RYA Powerboat Level 2.
- Over 500 dives across a variety of environments in >15 countries, from polar to tropical.
- 1st Class Zoology BSc (Hons).
- Underwater Photography.
- Underwater & Topside Videography.
- End-to-End Video Production.
- 360VR Filming, Production & Distribution.
- Graphic Design.
- Campaign Management.
- Social Media Management & Consultancy.