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About Me

I am Dawn McDonald

An avid traveler, scuba diver and photographer for over 20 years, my mission is to bring the natural world, especially the mysterious beauty of the ocean depths, to people who might not have the opportunity to experience it firsthand.

I’ve seen dramatic changes to our environment in a relatively short amount of time, particularly in marine life. Much of my photography is inspired by my support for the advocacy and conservation of these amazingly unique and varied sea creatures. From the wide-angle of a whale shark, to the macro image of a pygmy seahorse, this passion informs my entire body of work. My happy place is under the sea, and I want to share its magnificence with as many people as I can so that they might learn to love and protect it as I do.

Above the water, I strive to photograph wildlife, landscapes and seascapes as fine art. I love exploring the interplay of light and shadow, and am especially drawn to stormy skies and crashing waves, capturing the impact of nature and the elements all along the coast.  Calmer weather lends itself to long exposures, peaceful scenes, and starry skies.

My photography has been featured in various exhibits throughout Massachusetts, and I’ve been honored to receive numerous awards, including Best in Show for Photography from the Newburyport Art Association and the Gerald R O’Brien Memorial Award for Excellence in Photography from the Rockport Art Association.  I was privileged to have my first solo show, Fisheye: My Under Water Vision, at the Rockport Art Association and Museum in October 2022.

My art business has been designated as a "Trusted Art Seller" with The Art Storefronts Organization, which means you can shop with confidence, and know that I stand behind the quality and value of my products.


Second Place, Wildlife Category, Newburyport Art Association--Capture the Moment Summer Show, 2023--Selene In The Sun

Curator's Choice Award~~Praxis Gallery International Photography Exhibit--Animal Beings~~Lion's Mane Jelly

Best in Photography for Excellence in Craft~~Newburyport Art Association Members Fall Juried Show 2022—Sunkissed Reef Shark

Juror’s Choice, Wildlife Category, Newburyport Art Association Through My Lens Summer Show, 2022—A Vibrant Home

Gerald R. O’Brien Memorial Award for Excellence in Photography~~Rockport Art Association & Museum, Sanctuary of Nature Show, 2022—Under the Jetty

Best in Show for Photography~~Newburyport Art Association, Fall Show 2021

Juror’s Choice, Wildlife Category, Newburyport Art Association, Music for the Eyes Summer Show 2021, Zebra

Gerald R. O’Brien Memorial Award for Excellence in Photography~~Rockport Art Association & Museum, Third Summer Show, 2021, Perfect Clownfish

Law Hamilton Award for Photographic Excellence~~Rockport Art Association and Museum, Second Summer Show, 2021, Lightning Over Thacher Island

3rd Place Rockport Art Association and Museum Grassroots Exhibition for Feather Dusters 2020 1st Place Aggressor Fleet Monthly Underwater Photo Competition, 2016 2nd Place Aggressor Fleet Annual Underwater Photo Competition 2011

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