Marine Mammal Conservation Through the Arts (MMCTA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to leverage the arts through powerful media as a means of influencing positive changes in marine conservation - from public perceptions to policy.

In 2006, MMCTA launched its pilot project to create life-size, high-resolution photographs of whales. Led by founder Bryant Austin, MMCTA achieved its goal in 2009 with the completion of the largest and highest detailed photographs of whales ever created. The resulting body of work was exhibited around the world, culminating in shows in Oslo, Norway and Tokyo, Japan.

MMCTA has been successful in proving that such photographs are possible to create. More importantly, the project has revealed powerful and overwhelmingly positive responses from the media and citizens living in countries that continue to hunt whales.

The time has now come for us to expand our creative vision and to forge paths to new and innovative ways of integrating cutting-edge science and technology with the artistic palette. Imagine bearing witness to the birth of a humpback whale…or interacting with 3D animated blue whales that cannot be distinguished from reality. This is what we envision, and much more.

As we imagine a more inspired and engaged world, our dream has outgrown MMCTA’s original vision. We are therefore very pleased and excited to announce that MMCTA has been re-launched as studio: cosmos. We invite you to visit our new website at:, where you’ll find stunning images, inspiring videos, and compelling articles featuring the work of Bryant Austin.

Our heartfelt gratitude goes out to all who have helped make MMCTA’s success a positive and joyful experience. Onward!

Reveal the unseen. Inspire humanity. Imagine a better world.