Photography is a unique kind of art, indeed! It is a way that captures great moments on which you look back with nostalgia. You encounter a moment that passes swiftly, but you just wish that you could pause the world around you for a second to observe, live the moment and feel it. That’s what underwater photography is all about: seizing the moment and living it to the fullest.
If you wanted to embrace mother nature and marine life, you will regard underwater photography as a gift, as that pause for which you have always wished.
Here are 10 of the best underwater photographers whose talent and vision have gone beyond expectations.
10 Greg Amptman
Greg Amptman has been a professional photographer for 18 years now. As soon as he got his certificate, his career kicked off. Based in Idaho, Amptman was overwhelmed with the marine life and the ocean. However, he was rarely given the opportunity to view the ocean. After he earned his scuba diving certificate, the marine life got his jaws dropping, so the first step he took was booking himself a place at photography course with his former scuba diving course.
Based in Billings, Montana, Jenna Martin makes her dream as an underwater photographer come true. Leading a stable yet adventurous life with her husband and daughters, Martin took a quite drastic change when she took a major step in photography. Martin did not study photography and was not a fine art major; however, she mastered photography with much work and great efforts. Apparently, 2011 was certainly Martin’s year as she created her own underwater camera housing and set off to build a whole thriving career.
Shawn Heinrichs is a professional and talented photographer whose talent went beyond all the expectations, that’s why his name has been mentioned throughout his career multiple times in magazines. However, that’s not the primary reason behind the fame and the buzz that surrounds the photographer that he fully deserves; what made Heinrichs outshine and save himself a fully deserved spot among world famous photographers is his efforts to raise awareness regarding marine life and the dangers that threaten marine life and the environment.
Nadia Aly is your live version of the person who we thought we only see on TV; she is that person who would flee the cruel world and leave it all behind to find her soul and to reinforce the connection she has established with nature. Aly decided to take that major step in her life and make her dream as a scuba diver come true, she wanted to secure her life as an adventurer and keep a record of these compelling adventures and buzzing life on her website. Aly’s impressive work is not merely confined to underwater photography as she managed to create successful platforms that garnered over 1,000,000 in less than 4 years.
Moving back and forth between Tokyo and New York City, Jingna Zhang is a photographer that has been mentioned multiple times by Forbes as one of the best Asia fashion and fine art photographer. At the age of 18, Zhang’s love for photography bloomed and she worked on developing an eye for details which panned out in her career later. At the age of 20, Zhang handled heaps of projects with Mercedes Benz and Ogilvy & Mather, Harper’s Bazaar Singapore. Later on, after her career totally kicked off, she managed to undertake work with art exhibitions in Singapore, Lisbon. New York and Hong Kong.
Although our 46-year-old Mexican photographer Christian Vizl has earned a degree in business administration, he decided to break free what was expected of him as a business major and followed his dream, photography. Pursuing such a career was relatively related to Vizl’s other hobbies as sailing and cave diving. Vizl’s studying business has raised eyebrows as he has been deeply into photography since the tender age of 15. However, he has taken photography as a profession since 2010. He has devoted his life to what lies beneath the waves; he is passionate about whatever is directly or remotely related to marine life. He also believes that photography can make a wave as it elevates empathy and changes people’s perception. As a photographer, he should be able to capture a moment of an animal’s life that would summon love and empathy within our souls. This man’s philosophy demands a standing ovation, doesn’t it?
Daniel Botelho‘s love and passion for photography jack up with every passing day. Advertising campaigns have taken notice of his unparalleled talent and decided to cooperate with him so they can promote their projects through his art. Botelho’s history was the ocean and nature goes back to his childhood as he grew up in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Botelho opens up about his passion, stating “It is not about the eyes, camera or lenses; I take photos with my heart. I am in love with the subjects I capture and I want to spread that love through my images. I hope you all have a good time browsing my website and please, help me spread the love, it’s the only way to save our seas. Respect and love the oceans!”
Like all professional photographers, Hengki Koentjoro decided to have a signature of his own. He wanted a signature that would beam with his name and works even if his name was not craved on the picture. Remarkably, his signature was simplicity. Due to the fact the Koentjoro lives in Jakarta, he senses the dreamy nature of the ocean and the mesmerizing aura that surrounds the marine life apart from the hustle and bustle of the big cities.
Apparently, his professionalism had to be backed up with further education; he studied at Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, California.
“Photography can never be separated from the aspects of making the common things unusual, welcoming the unexpected, indulging and embracing ourselves with the joy of photography”—Hengki Koentjoro said in 2013
Sean Davey has been into viewing works by Max Dupain and Pete Turner, and he has wished to take a leaf of their book. Although Davey has been heavily influenced by them, he has his technique and vision and merely follows his passion and derive. His enthusiasm for shadows, silhouettes and bold colours have panned out; he started his major project the Shadowland collection. Remarkably, his magazine photography career kicked off with Australian magazines in the 1980s then jacked up as he had heaps of underwater shots for other magazines, Notably, his magazine photography career spanned the past 25-30 years.
We can simply state the art runs in this man’s blood, and there is nothing stopping it. Jason deCaires Taylor, ou 44-year-old underwater photographer, as we stated, has chosen art first and foremost as he is not only a professional photographer who has blown our minds with his beyond unbelievable talent and a second to none vision and imagination, but also he a sculpture who obtained a BA Honours in Sculpture from the London Institute of Arts in 1998. Taylor had taken his unbelievable talent to a whole new level when he handled major projects as Museo Atlantico, which aimed at photographing around 300 submerged sculptures in Lanzarote, Spain. The major project certainly proved that Taylor’s name should be carved on a stone where names of photographers of history were listed.