An Inside Look at the Greenpeace Arctic Sunrise #Instameet

by Maïa Booker and Katie Camosy

October 26, 2017

We gave them behind-the-scenes access to the Arctic Sunrise ship and RHIBs (rigid-hulled inflatable boats). The ship’s first stop was in Brooklyn Bridge Park.


Strong visuals have been important to Greenpeace since our inception. So when we learned that our ship the Arctic Sunrise would be returning to the US, we decided to invite six photographers on board for an #Instameet.

We gave them behind-the-scenes access to the Arctic Sunrise ship and RHIBs (rigid-hulled inflatable boats). The ship’s first stop was in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

The Instameet began with a private tour of the ship, from the bridge, to the galley, to the ‘poop deck’.


Photographers shooting on deck and on the helipad, during our first ship Instameet.


Photographers capturing the hold and the crews’ lounge during the Arctic Sunrise Instameet.

Michaela making a portrait of one of the crew during the Instameet.

After the tour, the Greenpeace USA Actions team took the photographers out on a RHIB around New York Harbor. In addition to shots of the ship, they got a close-up look at the Statue of Liberty, Roosevelt Island, and Lower Manhattan.

The Greenpeace USA Actions team and the Instameet photographers riding one of the RHIBs.

Heading back to the ship onboard the RHIB at the end of the day.

The New York stop kicked off a month-long tour along the Atlantic Coast to highlight threats to the oceans and climate and impacts to our communities. The ship tour is focusing on the urgent issue of single-use plastics and microplastics in our waters, and the need to protect our coasts and climate from seismic blasting and offshore oil drilling. You can find out more about where the ship is headed to and what it’s doing next,  here.

For a more behind-the-scenes look at the Arctic Sunrise, check out @greenpeaceships and @greenpeaceusa

You can also follow the photographers at the Instagram handles below—

Michaela Skovranova @mishkusk

Michaela is an Australian based photographer and filmmaker, focused on capturing the duality between beauty and power that exists in ocean and nature.

Joe Carrotta @joe_carrotta

Joe is a documentary and portrait photographer based on Long Island, US. His curiosity to discover interesting people and their passions is what drives him to create work.

Meg Wachter @gotagirlcrush

Meg is a photographer and bosslady-in-chief of Got a Girl Crush (a blog and annual independently printed magazine about women, by women, for everyone)

Q Sakamaki @qsakamaki

Raised in Japan, Q moved to New York in 1986. He is an award-winning documentary photographer whose work has appeared in books and magazines worldwide and has been the subject of solo shows in New York and Tokyo.

Sarah Blesener @sarahblesener

Sarah is a documentary photographer based in New York. Her latest work revolves around youth movements and culture, in Russia, Eastern Europe, and the United States.

Matt Borowick @mborowick

Matt is a versatile, award-winning photographer based in New York. His style blends elements of fine art and photojournalism, and his work spans portraiture, editorial, travel and drone photography.

By Maïa Booker and Katie Camosy

Maïa Booker is a Multimedia Editor for the Americas at Greenpeace.

Katie Camosy is a Senior Video Producer for Greenpeace USA.

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