NJCS: Shark Portraits with Mike Coots

Class Code:
UUUCS8387
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From surviving a harrowing shark attack to becoming one of Earth's staunchest advocate for sharks, Mike Coots' journey is a testament to the indomitable human spirit and the power of turning tragedy into triumph.

Mike's stunning photography captures the raw beauty of the ocean and its inhabitants, often reflecting the vulnerable relationship between humans and nature. Through his artwork, he continues to spread his message of conservation, compelling viewers to appreciate and safeguard the wonders of the sea. Mike's remarkable journey has garnered widespread recognition and accolades. He has received numerous awards for his environmental efforts and bravery in the face of adversity. His story has been shared worldwide, reaching millions of people and leaving an indelible mark on their hearts. Mike's hope is to shift the narrative of the shark- that we need them for a healthy planet.

*Saturday, Dec 2nd (12pm - 12:30pm) & Sunday, Dec 3rd (1:45pm - 2:30pm): Mike will be signing copies of his new book, Shark: Portraits. Bring your own copy or purchase one in-store!

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Born and raised on the shores of Hawai’i, MIKE COOTS developed a deep connection with the ocean from an early age. He was drawn to the waves, captivated by the thrill of the surf, and quickly honed his skills both above and below the waterline. The ocean became his playground, and its rhythms would shape the course of his life. At 18 years of age, Mike experienced a life-altering event that would forever change him. While surfing off the coast of Kauai, he fell victim to a shark attack, losing his right leg. Instead of succumbing to fear and despair, Mike's tenacity and courage shone through. Determined to continue his passion for surfing, he adapted to his new circumstances, learning to ride the waves with a custom prosthetic leg.

The shark attack was a pivotal moment for Mike Coots. Instead of harboring resentment towards sharks, he found a way to empathize with these majestic creatures and advocate for their protection. Recognizing that humans are more of a threat to sharks than vice versa, Mike became an ardent supporter of shark conservation efforts. He used his story to raise awareness about the importance of understanding and respecting sharks and their role in maintaining the delicate balance of marine ecosystems. He became involved in various organizations and campaigns focused on ocean health, marine sanctuaries, and the preservation of biodiversity. Through public speaking engagements, educational expeditions, and social media, Mike has been instrumental in inspiring people worldwide to take action and protect our oceans for future generations.

Unique University® is the highly acclaimed education component of Unique Photo®, NJ’s only camera and video superstore. There is over 2000 sq. ft. of learning space, including our state-of-the art, 1000 sq. ft. main presentation hall. Unique University’s mission is to help our visitors “Create Better Pictures” by providing photography education for beginners to pros. With events daily, it is the place where photography groups such as local camera clubs, ASMP, PPA and others meet. We have a full curriculum of classes and seminars from world famous speakers such as Art Wolfe, Rick Sammon, Michael Yamashita, Tyler Stableford, Lindsay Adler, and Will Crockett. We offer photography experiences to such places as the Lakota Wolf Preserve, Wolf Conservation Center, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Rutgers Football, Longwood Gardens, Festival of Ballooning, and much more. Our technical classes include such topics as basic digital photography, lighting techniques, Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom, macro photography, composition, editing and printing, wedding photography, HDR photography, working with speedlights, how to use social media, digital organization, one-on-one instruction, and much, much more. 

FAQ UNIVERSITY

Where are classes held? 
Unless stated otherwise, most classes are held in the Unique University classroom within the Unique Photo Superstore (123 US Highway 46 West, Fairfield, NJ 07004). We also hold classes at our Philadelphia, PA location (28 South 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106). 

What should I bring to class? 
You're encouraged to bring your camera and a notebook and pen to most classes. Some classes will require additional equipment, so please check the class descriptions. 

Will lunch or refreshments be included? 
Lunch and refreshments are not provided for any classes under 6 hours unless noted. 

How do I register for a class? 
You can register online, in-store at the concierge, or by phone at either 973-377-6454 or 973-377-2007. Please note that you will need to provide payment information. 

Can I register at the door? 
For most classes, you're free to register at the concierge desk prior to the start of the class. Please note that there are some classes that offer "Early Bird Special" rates and others that have limited seating, so it would be in your best interest to register early for such classes. 

I wanted to register for ______ class, but it is now sold out. Is there a waiting list? 
Please contact us at 973-377-6454 or [email protected] with the following information: your name, phone number, email address, and the class name and date. 

My question has not been addressed here. Is there someone I can contact? 
Please contact us at 973-377-6454 or [email protected] with any additional inquiries.

Unique University Class Cancellation Policy
- Classes costing less than $99 may be canceled up to 48 hours in advance for a full refund. For classes costing $100 or more, advanced notice of seven days before the class is necessary for a full refund.
- Requests for cancellation made after these deadlines will be awarded store credit in the amount paid for registration towards a future Unique University seminar or workshop.
- Cancellations made within 24 hours of the beginning of a class will not be honored and no refund or credit will be given.
- Cancellations of any class utilizing models will be subject to a cancellation fee of 50% of the purchased price (up to $100).
- Cancellations of any class that includes an admission ticket (including, but not limited to: museums, gardens, shows, exhibits, and special events or locations) may be subject to forfeiture of the admission ticket fee.
** Attention American Express cardholders: If you cancel a registration for a class costing $100 or more, there will be a 3% cancellation fee deducted from your refund or store credit.

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