We connect people with the oceans through education, storytelling and exploration.


The oceans cover two-thirds of the Earth’s surface and are critical to life as we know it. Unfortunately for too long, humanity has taken them for granted, exploiting them in an unsustainable fashion and mistreating them beyond belief.

The Blue Planet Foundation, based in Florida, creates powerful and compelling multimedia stories that document these excesses and offer solutions for a sustainable future—at a local, granular level—where our efforts can be documented and our success measured.

Parallel to this effort, we recognize the importance of investing in children—tomorrow’s leaders and stewards of the planet—and work globally promoting marine conservation, literacy, writing and science at schools for kids of all ages and backgrounds through presentations, books and workshops.

Our founders, Michael Patrick O’Neill and Vincent Kneefel have joined forces to leverage their expertise in visual storytelling, consulting, and education to make a difference in people’s lives and improve the health of our blue planet.

They’re up to the challenge. Why don’t you join them in this wonderful and rewarding adventure?


Areas of Focus

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We have presented to 500,000 children in more than 400 schools in 26 states over the last 15 years. Our photo presentations are designed to encourage kids (and people of all ages) to get involved in reading, writing, science and marine conservation.


Stories are integral to human culture and storytelling is timeless. Photography and visual storytelling are essential tools to spark curiosity and inspire action. Our projects lay the necessary groundwork for long-term, measurable success.



We organize expeditions to select destinations for photographers and wildlife enthusiasts. Our approach is different from most dive travel organizations. As a team we work closely together with local NGOs and provide imagery for campaigns. 


How inappropriate to call this planet Earth when it is quite clearly Ocean.

Arthur C. Clarke