Our guest today on the Outdoor Adventure Series is Matt McIntosh. In this episode, we continue our celebration of NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries’ 50th year of ocean conservation and stewardship.

Matt is a Visual Information Specialist at NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries via the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation. He provides graphic design, illustration, photography, video, and motion graphics expertise.

Aha Moment

After months of planning and design work, I traveled to Hawaii to assemble exhibits and interior elements for a new visitor center on the island of Kauai. We spent an extremely long week working from sun up to sun down, as you see on those home remodeling shows where they need everything to be done by the open house. I didn’t realize the power of my work until I got a surprise ovation the night before we opened from a room full of sanctuary stakeholders and volunteers, many of whom were native Hawaiians who were happy and relieved that my work visually portrayed their story, culture, and connection to the marine world accurately.


Ekhart Tolle’s book ‘A New Earth.’ It opened my eyes and taught me how to get out of my head and not let ego or past and/or future thoughts/concerns consume me.
Link: https://amzn.to/3e8OqCq

Questions we asked:

  1. How did you become an illustrator?
  2. How did you become a member of the video production crew?
  3. What project are you most proud of?

Articles & Stories

One of my photos was put on a postal stamp, and a story about it was in the news recently. https://marinesanctuary.org/blog/stories-behind-the-stamps/


Next Steps

To learn more about the NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, visit their website at https://sanctuaries.noaa.gov/.

You can also learn more about The Office of National Marine Sanctuaries on these social sites:


Click here to learn more about the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation.

You can also see more of Matt’s work on his website at https://mattmcintosh.com/

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