Tony Rath is a writer, photojournalist and commercial photographer based along the Caribbean Sea in the picturesque village of Dangriga, Belize.
Tony attended the United States Air Force Academy, where he flew gliders above the Rocky Mountains and trained with Navy SEALS in San Diego. After leaving the military he studied toward a marine biology degree, working as a technician, diver and underwater photographer for Scripps Institution of
Oceanography and the Smithsonian Institution’s marine research station in Belize. At 23, Tony took early retirement and for 7 years sailed as first mate or captain across the Atlantic (twice), Mediterranean, North Sea and the Caribbean. While sailing he visited over 35 countries, more than 250 ports of call, and sailed over 30,000 miles. Throughout his adventures, Tony always carried a camera, turning professional in the mid-1990s. While known for his natural history imagery, he also covers lifestyle, travel, portraits and culture throughout Belize and neighboring countries. His photography is on display at the Smithsonian Institution in Wash, D.C. and featured in the Minnesota Science Museum’s award-winning traveling Maya exhibit. His images have been published in 100’s of magazines and books, such as BBC Wildlife, National Geographic Traveler, Islands, and Smithsonian Magazine.
Clients include the United Nations, Government of Belize, and many international environmental NGO’s. He has published two photo books on Belize.
Living in Belize since 1988, he documents the natural environment and cultures of his adopted country, above and below water. He volunteers his skills and imagery to countless educational and NGOs to promote culture and conservation. In 2015 he presented one of the first TEDx Talks in Belize.