Blair Monk

Finalist, Protector of Paradise

Blair’s Bio

Growing up in Auckland I was surrounded by water from a young age and quickly found myself drawn to the ocean. I spent my summers surfing, diving and boating, which is where my initial love for the ocean stemmed from.

After university, I began my career as an aerial cameraman, working on films, commercials, and wildlife projects, which further ignited my passion for conservation. I saw first-hand the detrimental impact humans have had on the environment.

I have been coming to Fiji regularly over the last 20 years and it holds a special place in my heart. Through that time there has been a noticeable change when it comes to plastic pollution, declining fish stocks and the destruction of reefs. I feel it is our responsibility to help bring about a change through education and awareness so we protect our environment for future generations. This is why I am so excited to be a protector of paradise!

Blair’s Blog Posts

Swimming with Manta Rays

Out of the vast blue emerges the majestic shapes of three mantas. I dive down as they approach and watch them glide past me a couple of meters away, marvelling how peaceful they appear. Suddenly I hear a noise and splashes above catch my eye. I look up to a scene of carnage as human […]

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At first sight looking out from the Captain Cook cruise ship it is hard to believe the small township of Levuka used to be the capital of Fiji […]

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Blair’s Protector of Paradise video entry