copyright Shawn Heinrichs

Flight of the Humpback Whales

© Shawn Heinrichs, @shawnheinrichs



2022 AWARE, PADI® Certification Card

This limited-edition certification card image is expected to be available to PADI Members in July 2022

“Flight of the Humpback Whales” was captured in the Kingdom of Tonga and is part of Shawn Heinrichs’ Artist Collection. This limited-edition certification card image is available to PADI Members from November 2021 and then available to student divers from January 2022.

Shawn Heinrichs is an artist and Emmy-award winning cinematographer, photographer and marine conservationist. His stunning and often stark artwork is fueled by his passion to protect the oceans, and the profound recognition that people only protect what they love. His images have transformed communities, and he hopes his work will inspire people to act before it is too late. A renowned expert on oceans and tireless activist, Shawn is a major force in the global fight to protect endangered marine species and habitats. His work takes him undercover to some of the most remote corners of the globe, providing a rare view of the people and circumstances surrounding the endangered species trade. He was one of the lead activists and co-creators of the Emmy-nominated film, “Racing Extinction”, one of the most watched environmental documentaries of our time.

“Our oceans once teamed with whales, so much so that in some locations, ships had difficulty navigating through them. Today their numbers are still only a shadow of their former glory, and it is our duty to do all we can to protect these sentient, intelligent and critically important species.”

                    - Shawn Heinrichs

Flight of the Whales, copyright Shawn Heinrichs


The PADI AWARE FoundationTM edition of the PADI Certification card is available for a minimum donation of $10 at the time of a PADI diver certification. 100% of the donation benefits the PADI AWARE Foundation, a non-profit public charity that drives local action for global ocean conservation. Backed by the power of the PADI brand and supported by the world’s largest global network of 6,600 dive centers and resorts and more than 128,000 professional members worldwide, PADI AWARE Foundation leverages the collective influence of divers and the dive industry to address key threats facing the marine environment including climate change, marine habitat loss and vulnerable species protection.
Image © Shawn Heinrichs, @shawnheinrichs,