All styles of giving: Zachary Levitetz ’12

Close encounters

Zachary Levitetz swimming with sharks
Levitetz dives into danger to get the shot.

Zachary Levitetz is an artist, an athlete and a marine life fanatic. He is also a philanthropist.

As a board member of the Levitetz Family Foundation, Levitetz has been part of the team responsible for generous gifts to Lynn, including projects like the Remembrance Plaza. In the last five years, the Levitetz Family Scholarship has given $125,000 to 51 deserving Lynn students.

“It just makes sense to give back to a place that gave me so much,” he said. “Lynn creates such a great college experience for so many students.”

Zachary Levitetz checks out his camera
Zachary Levitetz

The Boca Raton native graduated with a bachelor’s degree in graphic design. He specializes in underwater wildlife photography, the more remote the location the better, like a shoot in west Florida.

“There was one day in the amazing Three Sisters Springs with about 100 manatees,” he said. “I was the only person in the springs at the time. It was an incredible experience.”

Levitetz credits graphic design professors Kip Miller and Mark Coné and photography professor Ellen Stern for his skill with Photoshop. “I use it on a daily basis,” he said.

Processing photos might be crucial to his art, but Levitetz, owner of Zachary Levitetz Photography LLC, would prefer to be deep under the waves. Or riding them on a surfboard. He is calmest shooting in high-adrenalin, adventure mode.

“I love the days I’m face-to-face—in open water—with sharks, manatees and whales,” he said.

Levitetz’s work has appeared in Luxe Interiors + Design, Artblend and Vero Beach Portfolio, where his piece—a baby sea turtle amidst a school of fish—landed the cover.

He’s a sea turtle nest monitor for the town of Gulf Stream, Brazilian jiu-jitsu competitor and, of course, proud Lynn alumnus.

“My definition of living a good life: be happy, take care of your family and give back to something you feel connected with.”

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