Photographer & Writer
Greater New York City Area
Joanna Lentini is a writer, photographer, explorer, and conservationist. Joanna’s passion for wildlife and marine environments first ignited at the early age of 11, tagging horseshoe crabs on the Jersey Shore. However, it wasn’t until 2009 when she made an official entrée into the ocean conservation movement. Having moved to Hong Kong, Joanna contributed her lifelong passion for photography and video to the plight of the critically endangered Chinese White Dolphin (Sousa chinensis), working as a volunteer videographer for Hong Kong DolphinWatch Ltd. A panda conservation mission deep in the mountains of China’s Sichuan province soon followed.
Ultimately, the combined interests of photography, wildlife, and especially the underwater world led her to found Deep Focus Images, a multi-faceted business venture focused on raising awareness and support for wildlife and environmental conservation. Joanna has since contributed photos and published articles for various print and online publications including Sport Diver, Ocean Geographic, Underwater Photography Magazine, DiveAdvisor, ScubaDiver AustralAsia, and Beached Magazine. During surface intervals at home in the New York City area, Joanna satisfies her “waterlust” by photographing children in local pools to help initiate them with the underwater world.
Wildlife remains Joanna’s deepest passion, and her work both topside and underwater has taken her face to face with some of the planet’s most incredible creatures ranging from sharks and crocodiles to polar bears and snow monkeys. Having lived in 4 countries across 3 continents, she has now visited close to 50 countries and logged hundreds of dives in diverse environments around the world from Australia and Palau to Austria and the Arctic. Joanna is a PADI Master Scuba Diver and a certified Aquanaut.
Joanna holds a bachelors degree in Entrepreneurial Studies from Rider University, and is a student of the New York Institute of Photography. She is a member of Canon Professional Services, OGXplorers, and the Ocean Artists Society.
Email Joanna: Joanna@sednaepic.com
Joanna’s Website: www.deepfocusimages.com