Snells Beach filmmaker Steve Hathaway has been recognised internationally for his contribution to the documentary Secrets of the Whales.
Secrets of the Whales won an Emmy for Outstanding Documentary and was also nominated for Outstanding Cinematography. Narrator Sigourney Weaver was also nominated for Outstanding Narrator.
Steve shot footage for a segment on orca whales in New Zealand and captured a moment when an orca became entangled in a cray pot line.
He and his fellow divers released the orca on camera, a sequence never filmed in documentary quality before.
The documentary was produced for National Geographic by director James Cameron and can be streamed on Disney+.
It was filmed over three years across 24 locations and documents the intricate social structures and communication skills of orca, humpback, beluga, narwhal and sperm whales.
Steve is still filming orca around the Mahurangi and Hibiscus Coasts, and is asking members of the public who see them to immediately call 0800 FILM UW.