John Stoneman was an underwater cinematographer, who starred in a Canadian documentary, called "The Last Frontier" that covered the intentional sinking of the ship, Mercedes, to create an artificial reef.
A cinematographer is someone who photographs with motion picture cameras. It's usually equivalent to the director of photography, which is used to designate a chief over the camera and lighting crews working on a film or TV show.
John Stoneman also headed the "Foundation for Ocean Research." This was an organization that worked in the area of marine science and research. In 1979, they instituted an annual international award that recognized an individual or organization making a substantial contribution towards the better understanding and appreciate of the marine environment.
Over the next 25 years, the award was given to a wide range of people including scientists, artists, media, conservationists, filmmakers, and photographs. This award was actually was disbanded in 2004.