Ben Hicks

www.benjhicks.com - www.seaturtlephotos.com - facebook.com/benhicksphotos - www.bocaratonphoto.com

About the Photographer

South-Florida based photographer Ben Hicks has journeyed across the Americas and ventured to exotic locales spanning the globe to compose a profoundly diverse collection of fine-art photography that truly captures the majestic beauty of the natural world. This self-proclaimed "adventure-boy" not only strives to portray the familiar in extraordinarily original ways, but also takes big risks to capture the most complex, often dangerous situations including big waves and precarious animal encounters all to share his admiration for Mother Nature's creations. Whether shooting tropical beachscapes in the South Pacific, vast sandstone buttes in the American Southwest or the first few open water strides of a leatherback sea turtle hatchling, Ben's distinctive vision and inimitable approach to photography renders intricately detailed images that captivate viewers and serve as a testament to his enjoyment and reverence of nature.

Environmental Mission

Through his photography, Ben aspires to raise environmental awareness by depicting the natural world in a relevant and endearing manner that everyone can connect with. Ben is particularly focused on using his photography to communicate the importance of conserving the world's oceans and follows key species, such as sea turtle, that serve as important indicators of the health of the world's marine and coastal ecosystems. Ben shares the Sea Turtle Conservancy's belief that "whether sea turtles ultimately vanish from the planet or whether they remain a wild and thriving part of the natural world, will speak volumes about both the general health of the planet and the ability of humans to sustainably coexist with the diversity of life on Earth." Ben strives to serve the global community by using his art to inspire others to value conservation and preservation so that we can work towards a more sustainable future.

www.benjhicks.com - www.seaturtlephotos.com - facebook.com/benhicksphotos - www.bocaratonphoto.com

The latest Article from Ben Hicks

Day 5 – solo sessions

The clock ticked to 515 and my brain was awake!  I am an early riser, great being a photographer and even better for my wife now that we have another early riser, Carson our son.  One last chance effort to try and figure out the flash before I break it down and just shoot without.  […]

Recent Posts from Ben Hicks

Day 5 – solo sessions
From Ben Hicks on 01/26/17 at 10:38pm

The clock ticked to 515 and my brain was awake! ...read more

Day 4 – Camera woes
From Ben Hicks on 01/25/17 at 9:05pm

The night before there were a lot of indicators that...read more

Day 3 – Red Tide
From Ben Hicks on 01/24/17 at 9:50pm

Rumor has it red tide has been lingering around the...read more

Gulf Coast – hit or miss Day 2
From Ben Hicks on 01/23/17 at 10:10am

Hitting the road on my first trip of the year...read more

Best light is right at sunrise!
Day 5: Boom
From Ben Hicks on 07/15/16 at 2:29am

The morning started without a cloud in the sky.  Sleeping...read more

Just got the bat.  Heavy!
Day 4: The food chain
From Ben Hicks on 07/13/16 at 11:30pm

Another early morning swimming out to sunrise about 5 am. ...read more

What a storm!
Day 3: Swell stories
From Ben Hicks on 07/12/16 at 10:40pm

Headed out this morning after a lovely sleep on bare...read more

Lots to hear from this one.
Day 2 – Peak battles and long sessions
From Ben Hicks on 07/11/16 at 10:26pm

Set the alarm early this morning to be on it. ...read more

Day 1 avoiding Zika and looking for waves
From Ben Hicks on 07/10/16 at 11:02pm

Today started yesterday as we flew from Fort Lauderdale last...read more

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Following the predictions of mother nature.
From Ben Hicks on 07/09/16 at 10:23pm

After being home just two days this month I head...read more

A morning in Delray Beach.
From Ben Hicks on 09/29/15 at 10:35am

This morning I had about an hour to get some...read more

Day 2: Weather!
From Ben Hicks on 09/25/15 at 7:13pm

Wake up and immediately focus on the weather and forecast...read more

Day 1: Bahamas Sept 2015
From Ben Hicks on 09/22/15 at 9:45pm

It is always nice to fly over with no air...read more

Day 5 – The day has come
From Ben Hicks on 05/04/15 at 11:03am

A lot of anticipation was riding on today!  It was...read more

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Day 4 – Electricity is a luxury
From Ben Hicks on 05/01/15 at 10:45pm

Waking up to sweat dripping down your face is never...read more

Daytime dark peaks.
Nicaragua Day 3 – Weather rules
From Ben Hicks on 05/01/15 at 12:26pm

I rose to cloudy skies in the dark and major...read more

Good morning from Nicaragua.
Nicaragua Day 2 – Jellies!
From Ben Hicks on 04/29/15 at 11:30pm

I am stoked to be naturally an early riser and...read more

Not a bad sunset view.
Nicaragua Day 1
From Ben Hicks on 04/29/15 at 12:07am

Florida has been hot and flat for weeks - I'm...read more

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Surfing….. Lake Michigan in the winter.
From Ben Hicks on 01/02/15 at 10:31am

As a surfer for Florida we all have our vision...read more

Soul arch.
Day 4: Sending it to end it.
From Ben Hicks on 12/12/14 at 7:19am

Day 4: Sending it to end it. Our last day was...read more

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Day 3: It all pays off
From Ben Hicks on 12/10/14 at 9:35pm

  Day 3: It all pays off 5:30 comes much earlier than...read more

Mike on an inside one and one of my favorite shots of the day!
Day 2: Boards arrive and the strike mission gets into full gear.
From Ben Hicks on 12/09/14 at 9:25pm

We awake 5am on Tues morning to the grumble of...read more

Chasing the swell with no surfboards…
From Ben Hicks on 12/08/14 at 8:21pm

As we arrive at our destination the anticipation builds as...read more

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Winter swell hunting in the Carribbean
From Ben Hicks on 12/08/14 at 11:35am

Life is all about jumping on a plane and traveling...read more

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Day 4: Sleeping Sharks
From Ben Hicks on 09/08/14 at 6:56pm

Day 4: Sleeping Sharks began with an early rise to check...read more

Reef life.
Day 3: Into the Blue.
From Ben Hicks on 09/06/14 at 9:54pm

Day 3: Into the Blue. As I woke this morning my...read more

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Day 2: Swimming with the stars
From Ben Hicks on 09/05/14 at 2:58pm

  Day 2:  Swimming with the stars After nearly getting cabin fever...read more

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Day 1 Flying into Eastern Bahamian thunderstorms.
From Ben Hicks on 09/03/14 at 8:46pm

Day 1 Eastern Bahamas: Today started out like any other day,...read more

Day 9: Things got interesting
From Ben Hicks on 05/24/14 at 10:16am

Day 9: Things got interesting The evening before, we had gone...read more

Day 8: Sleep, shoot, eat, edit, repeat
From Ben Hicks on 05/22/14 at 11:37am

Day 8:  Sleep, shoot, eat, edit, repeat Up at the call...read more

Day 7: Blisters, barrels and beers
From Ben Hicks on 05/21/14 at 11:23am

Day 7:  Blisters, barrels and beers The day begins with my...read more

Day 6: First in, last out.
From Ben Hicks on 05/20/14 at 6:45pm

Day 6: First in, last out. I began the day waking...read more

Day 5: The crew swells and the swells continue
From Ben Hicks on 05/20/14 at 11:11am

Day 5:  The crew swells and the swells continue After squeezing...read more

Day 4: Return to the Green Rooms
From Ben Hicks on 05/19/14 at 9:33pm

Day 4:  Return to the Green Rooms Rise to the best...read more

Day 3: Tour De San Juan Del Sur (lay day)
From Ben Hicks on 05/19/14 at 9:27am

Rising from bed because your sweating at 5:30 am is...read more

Day 2: Tube times
From Ben Hicks on 05/18/14 at 7:18am

As we awake from our sauna room at 4 am...read more

Nicaragua Day 1: No Sleep….
From Ben Hicks on 05/16/14 at 7:42pm

Matt Oberman and I head to the airport late at...read more

Day 12 – An epic trip comes to a close!
From Ben Hicks on 04/16/14 at 9:06am

Day 12 - An epic trip comes to a close! We...read more

Day 11 – Lance’s rights comes alive and we leave the Florida conditions behind.
From Ben Hicks on 04/16/14 at 3:07am

We rise to Macaronies where its side shore and pouring...read more

Day 10 – Maca’s!
From Ben Hicks on 04/14/14 at 10:19pm

Sleep really didn't happen for me last night, as I...read more

Day 9 – Flatness starts to dissipate
From Ben Hicks on 04/14/14 at 10:37am

The morning begins everyday with the, clunk, clunk clunk clunk...read more

Day 7 and 8 – Angry Seas and the Devils wind
From Ben Hicks on 04/13/14 at 6:13am

Day 7 Lay Day 2 in the angry seas and...read more

Day 6 – Layday exploring the underwater world and being graced by Doris!.
From Ben Hicks on 04/10/14 at 7:15pm

Day 6 - Layday exploring the underwater world. Day 6 began...read more

Day 5 – Sharks and small waves all to ourselves.
From Ben Hicks on 04/09/14 at 9:20pm

Day 5 began with the decision to stay north on...read more

Day 4 – Eat, Surf, Eat, Surf, Eat Sleep, repeat!
From Ben Hicks on 04/08/14 at 9:09pm

Day 4 - Eat, Surf, Eat, Surf, Eat Sleep, repeat! I...read more

Day 3 – Getting in the groove
From Ben Hicks on 04/07/14 at 6:40pm

  Day 3 - Getting in the Groove As we leave our...read more

Day 2: Small surf and Clouds make for a semi lay day (Except one heat)
From Ben Hicks on 04/06/14 at 5:29pm

Day 2:  Small surf and Clouds make for a semi...read more

Traveling and Day 1
From Ben Hicks on 04/05/14 at 4:14pm

Traveling the Mentawais (AKA the farthest place from Florida) What is...read more

Day 5: Swimming with the catch.
From Ben Hicks on 03/11/14 at 7:34am

Day 5: Swimming with the catch. The final day of the...read more

Day 4: (Fishing)
From Ben Hicks on 03/10/14 at 8:12am

Day 4: (Fishing) Today we met up with the rest of...read more

Day 3: Day 1 On the boat with (Thanks to Ocean Surfari, Fishtrack.com and Otterbox)
From Ben Hicks on 03/09/14 at 6:45am

Day 3: Day 1 On the boat As mentioned in my...read more

Day 2: Swimming with the reptiles of the sea
From Ben Hicks on 03/08/14 at 5:50am

Day 2 St. John As the sun rose over the island...read more

US Virgin Islands Day 1
From Ben Hicks on 03/07/14 at 6:23am

Day 1 My trip to St. Thomas and St. John derives...read more

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Part 4 Day 4 and 5 – Covering ground
From Ben Hicks on 09/01/13 at 1:01pm

Part 4 Day 4 and 5 - Covering ground I woke...read more

Fish!
Part 3 – Day 4 Mother Nature’s in charge
From Ben Hicks on 08/31/13 at 5:41am

Part 3 - Day 4 Mother Nature's in charge Rising to...read more

There was a lot of research before, during and throughout this trip.  Tides, moon phases, Sunset sunrise times, winds, water clarity, temp.  You name it.  Preparation is it!
Eastern Bahama Bank Part 2 – Day 3 – Paddle power
From Ben Hicks on 08/29/13 at 9:53pm

Day 3 - Paddle power This morning I rose to the...read more

Blue tangs speeding by.
Eastern Bahama bank: Part 1 The Long flight
From Ben Hicks on 08/28/13 at 9:48pm

Part 1 The Long flight As the summer began to close...read more

The threatened Green Sea Turtle.
Exploring the underwater world of the Eastern Bahama bank.
From Ben Hicks on 08/26/13 at 10:28am

This week I will be exploring the far Eastern Bahama...read more

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Day 12 and 13 – Surfing till the very end
From Ben Hicks on 05/01/13 at 8:07pm

Day 12 and 13 - Surfing till the very end Day...read more

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Day 11 – 10 days of surfing does a body good
From Ben Hicks on 04/30/13 at 10:06am

Day 11 - 10 days of surfing does a body...read more

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Day 10 – The rise and fall of swell
From Ben Hicks on 04/29/13 at 7:32am

Day 10 - The rise and fall of swell Last night...read more

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Day 9 – Mother Nature fist pumps
From Ben Hicks on 04/28/13 at 8:47am

Day 9 - Mother Nature fist pumps I wake to the...read more

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Day 8 – Barrels and the bottom of the reef!
From Ben Hicks on 04/27/13 at 7:48am

Day 8 - Barrels and the bottom of the reef! The...read more

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Day 7 – 8ft sets without gills.
From Ben Hicks on 04/26/13 at 8:01am

Day 7 - 8ft sets without gills. I was out first...read more

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Day 6 – Lay day 2
From Ben Hicks on 04/25/13 at 11:00am

Day 6 – Lay day 2 We arose in the town...read more

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Day 5 – 3 waves, 3 water shooting sessions and 2 surfs
From Ben Hicks on 04/24/13 at 9:14am

Day 5: 3 waves, 3 water shooting sessions and 2...read more

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Day 4: I.E….Day 1 of the calm before the storm
From Ben Hicks on 04/23/13 at 10:18pm

Day 4: I.E….Day 1 of the calm before the storm We...read more

Day 3: Pros and Joes
From Ben Hicks on 04/22/13 at 8:50am

Day 3: Pros and Joes Today we arose to perfect Thunders...read more

Day 2: Straight into the green room!
From Ben Hicks on 04/21/13 at 8:56am

Day 2: Straight into the green room. We all slept like...read more

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Day 1: Red Eye’s revenge in Indo
From Ben Hicks on 04/20/13 at 9:31am

Day 1: Redeye Revenge We start out the trip meeting Skip...read more

pre futbol match, everyone was in one 15 passenger van!
Day 4: Mision Mexico Easter Beach Day
From Ben Hicks on 04/11/13 at 7:28pm

  A handful of the kids images!  Its amazing what can...read more

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Day 3: A “mission” in Mexico with a new turn around every corner
From Ben Hicks on 04/04/13 at 11:42am

Each has story behind the face and represents who they...read more

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Day 3: Exploring with the kids and cameras
From Ben Hicks on 04/02/13 at 9:28am

Market seller Day 3 began bright and early with the first...read more

Day 2: Living the life, learning about the love and seeing the hope at Mission Mexico
From Ben Hicks on 03/31/13 at 5:00pm

Rising to the songs of the peacock wasn't what I...read more

Day 1: Photography and Surfing brought to Mission Mexico. Live Love Hope
From Ben Hicks on 03/29/13 at 11:12pm

  Welcome to another series of blogs to start off 2013! ...read more

Puerto Rico wrapped up
From Ben Hicks on 11/01/12 at 8:30am

Rincon, Puerto Rico Sandy still sending swell to San Juan, Puerto...read more

Sandy in PR day 4
From Ben Hicks on 10/30/12 at 10:14pm

Aguadila Gas Chambers from a half mile away Cheyne turning at bridges. Tres...read more

Sandy Hits Puerto Rico, Day 3, nearly too big and most spots
From Ben Hicks on 10/29/12 at 8:44pm

Near Aguadilla, Puerto Rico Near Aguada, Puerto Rico We start the day...read more

Chasing Sandy during a bachelor Party, part 1 Florida-Puerto Rico
From Ben Hicks on 10/28/12 at 10:07pm

Saturday morning view many of us will never forget. Deerfield Pier...read more

Summiting Yosemite’s Half Dome
From Ben Hicks on 10/04/12 at 1:05pm

About to climb the cables at Half Dome.  If you...read more

Day 4: Up up and away we go
From Ben Hicks on 10/02/12 at 1:14am

Stars and Half Dome. Day 4:  As we all start to...read more

Day 3: Yosemite, the road to Half Dome
From Ben Hicks on 10/01/12 at 11:17am

The road to half dome, well actually there isn't one,...read more

Day 2: Mornging surf shoot and drive up to Yosemite Valley
From Ben Hicks on 09/30/12 at 8:21pm

Jake boosting. *The delay of 4 days of posting was lack...read more

Day one of Hiking Half Dome….. First we must chase Tropical Storm Miriam!
From Ben Hicks on 09/26/12 at 9:35am

Natures Camo over Iowa. Canyons from above make it hard to...read more

Thanks Leslie, its been a great ride!
From Ben Hicks on 09/10/12 at 5:23pm

Pool water barrels. Day 5:  As we come to find the...read more

Day 4: Mother Nature comes through, with a little patience
From Ben Hicks on 09/08/12 at 10:36pm

Slab.   Cappy still punitng. Willie checking his turn. Day 4:  Feeling all out...read more

Leslie Swell beginning to fill in: Day 3
From Ben Hicks on 09/08/12 at 7:07am

Nader carving into a nice little nugget, warming up for...read more

Day 2: Layday, calm before the storm
From Ben Hicks on 09/07/12 at 8:01pm

  Morning check on the quads revealed smaller conditions but clean. Day...read more

Leslie here we come! Chasing Hurricane Lesile into the Carribean
From Ben Hicks on 09/06/12 at 8:30pm

Loading the boards and heading out just 2 hours after...read more

Day 3 in Nicaragua…. Mother nature still on top
From Ben Hicks on 08/24/12 at 2:53pm

Matt Oberman getting slotted into the inside section.   Day 3 was...read more

Day 2: Uneventful day in Nicaragua (relatively)
From Ben Hicks on 08/23/12 at 12:06pm

Noah about ready to land. Day 2 started off with the...read more

Day 1 in Nicaragua: Don’t mess with Lightning
From Ben Hicks on 08/22/12 at 10:33am

As Noah and I landed at 12:15 a.m we headed...read more

Time to search for waves: Nicaragua! 11:45 a.m August 20, 2012.
From Ben Hicks on 08/20/12 at 12:23pm

About a week ago I got the call from Matt...read more

Another successful mission to capture and surf some of the worlds best waves in the books….
From Ben Hicks on 05/03/12 at 8:19am

The crew As we ramped up to our last day on...read more

Exploring the people of the Mentawais
From Ben Hicks on 05/01/12 at 11:17am

Yesterday, was my first unplanned day off from shooting.  I...read more

Searching for waves, not too hard in Indo
From Ben Hicks on 04/30/12 at 5:23am

Lighthouse Rights pulsing. As we have passed our midway point on...read more

Barrels, Barrels, Barrels….
From Ben Hicks on 04/28/12 at 10:49pm

Nader getting his dose for the day. We all seemed to...read more

Pulse #2 – Mentawai surfing
From Ben Hicks on 04/27/12 at 10:13pm

Cappy in the Green Room at Sharkeys left. Every moment someone...read more

Sharkies Day 2 – Swell drops
From Ben Hicks on 04/26/12 at 1:21am

As we lift anchor in the early hours of the...read more

Remote Mentawai and surfing Sharkeys with no sharks
From Ben Hicks on 04/25/12 at 9:22am

Sharkeys Left As we all get into our groove on the...read more