Craig Musburger- Ironman Emmy Nomination

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Local filmmaker and underwater cameraman, Craig Musburger, has received his second national Emmy Award nomination in the Outstanding Camera Work category for his work on the NBC Sports production of the Ford Ironman World Championship. For the past four years, Musburger has been the sole underwater cameraman for the NBC Sports national broadcast of the Kona race and received his previous nomination for his work on the 2010 telecast. The award ceremony takes place at Lincoln Center in New York City on April 30, 2012 and honors achievements in sports television for the past year.

With recent news of Lance Armstrong's participation in Ironman events in Kona and around the country, interest in next year's race is sure to draw more attention than ever.

Musburger, 37, is no stranger to the underwater world. A scuba diver since age 11, he has logged more than 5,000 hours of dive time throughout the world. His production company, HD Under H2O, has sustained him through graduate school at UH where he recently defended his PhD in marine zoology. As a biologist Musburger has worked for NOAA, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the University of Hawaii, the New England Aquarium, the Pacific Marine Resource Institute, the American Samoa Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources, NRAS, the Palau International Coral Reef Center, the Nature Conservancy, the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology, and more. He has a Master's Degree in Zoology from the University of Hawaii and recently defended his PhD in the same program where he investigated the biogeography of coral reef fishes throughout the Pacific. His expertise in fish taxonomy and ecology improves his underwater filming by ensuring an intimate understanding of his subjects.

HD Under H2O is a Hawaii-based production company that specializes in underwater film and video production for both commercial and documentary projects, possessing an extensive stock footage library of underwater images from all over the Pacific. The company's footage has aired on national outlets including NBC, ESPN, National Geographic, Spike TV, the Big 10 Network as well as numerous scientific and local media outlets. Their work has also been featured in commercials for K-Swiss and Real ID. They recently completed a highly acclaimed educational film entitled Micronesia's Changing Climate which highlights local efforts to mitigate the effects of climate change problems throughout Micronesia.

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