Caterina Gennaro is a competitive gymnast and member of the U.S. Jr. Olympic team, an international model with the Ford and Elite agencies, an underwater photographer and television personality on Discovery’s Shark Week, a world-class wildlife photographer, and the mother of twins, Cat Gennaro leads a highly adventurous life filled with diversity and excitement.
Cat’s career as an underwater photographer began in Maui, where she became a dive master, boat captain and naturalist. At home in the water, Cat developed an affinity for marine life that led her to free-dive with great white sharks and become the first woman in the world to free-dive with a large mako shark. Cat’s diving and photography exploits have been featured in the Discovery Channel specials: Air Jaws, Air Jaws 2, Diary of a Shark Man (2003), Great White Shark: Uncaged (2004), Shark Hunter, (Biography of Frank Mundus), Expedition Shark (2008), Shark After Dark, and many more documentaries which she co-hosted, filmed, photographed, produced, and co-wrote.
Cat’s award-winning images have graced the pages of Popular Photography, Natural Geographic, Forbes, Ladies Home Journal, Access magazine, Shark Diver magazine, Scuba Diving Magazine, New York Times, LA Times, Chicago Tribune, and can be seen regularly on the Discovery Channel website, in commercials, billboards and in numerous other publications. Cat also co-wrote Tips for Filming Great White Sharks for the Field Guide to the Great White Shark. In addition to filming and photographing wildlife, Cat has worked as an animal handler training lions, tigers and chimps, and was a field producer, camera operator and still photographer on season #1 of the hit MTV series Wildboyz.
After giving birth to twins in 2004, Cat got back into shape by learning the art of aerial art exercise, and within a year had opened her own studio, Poleates in Westlake Village, CA. At 45, Cat has competed in world-class aerial arts competitions internationally. Her amazing agility and ballet-like grace have made her one of the sport’s true pioneers and most remarkable competitors. Cat’s vision and artistic composition of her work is her strength. Her knowledge of marine life and oceanography along with her confidence and ability in the water has enabled her to capture amazing images.