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Nick Zachar is an award-winning filmmaker currently working for NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries as a Producer/NOAA Diver. Through the Stories from the Blue series, he has the opportunity to find and share stories about America’s underwater treasures and, more importantly, the people who dedicate their lives to taking care of these special places. Alongside his team, he is directing, shooting, and editing virtual reality films for the office's Webby Award winning Sanctuaries 360° series. Previously, Nick was a Producer/Editor for National Geographic's Digital Team.


Nick spent his childhood exploring the coral reefs of the Caribbean. Two decades later, he has witnessed the dramatic decline of these important ecosystems, and many others around the world. Documenting and sharing these changes taking place in the natural world of which humans are inherently intertwined is what drives him each day.

During Nick's career he has had the opportunity to repel into crevasses of glaciers, chase the elusive light of the milky way, and swim alongside sea turtles and sharks, all in order to "get the shot".


Nick specializes in areas from field production, directing, and cinematography to story development and editing. He strives to discover and share compelling visual stories that shed light on the most important environmental and wildlife issues of our time.

His goal: inspire viewers to take action in protecting our

Blue Planet.

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