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17 Influential Underwater Photographers to Follow in 2021

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No matter if they are taken in the deepest ocean or in a swimming pool, underwater images are breathtaking.

Underwater photography is not the easiest niche to explore. It may require specialized equipment and knowledge of the underwater world. These challenges make underwater photography worth exploring as an art form.

The best thing about being an underwater photographer is knowing that your work has such a powerful effect on those who view it.

We’ve listed 17 underwater photographers working today who capture unique aspects of life below the surface. Believe us; they are worth checking out!

Underwater photography of a diver in the deep sea surrounded by magical creatures

Who Are The Most Influential Underwater Photographers?

Let’s take a look at the work of these fantastic underwater photographers that have inspired us recently.

Each of these photographers bring something special to the niche.

Thomas P. Peschak

Thomas P. Peschak is a wildlife photojournalist, conservationist and assignment photographer for National Geographic. His images often show us the unique character of the wildlife he shoots.

He is also a Founding/Associate Director of the Manta Trust. The organisation’s goal is to provide a sustainable future for the oceans.

 

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Brian Skerry

Brian Skerry is a photojournalist and conservationist, specializing in marine wildlife and underwater environments. His portfolio is full of impressive close-up portraits of whales, sharks and seals.

Brian is a photographer for National Geographic Magazine and has been awarded Wildlife Photographer of the Year an impressive 11 times.

 

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Juan Oliphant

Juan Oliphant grew up surfing and later got into diving. He is a passionate conservation photographer and shark photographer. His goal is to protect and save the oceans.

He uses his breathtaking shark photos to bring people closer to nature and show us what we can lose by not taking care of our planet.

David Doubilet

David Doubliet is also a National Geographic photographer. He is the partner of Jennifer Hayes – another amazing underwater photographer on our list.

His mission is to give a voice to the ocean through his images. Also, to connect people to this mysterious world, and raise awareness of its devastation.

 

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Elena Kalis

Elena is a photographer based in the Bahamas, who brings attention to the Bahamas National Trust’s conservation work.

She mostly works with models and gymnasts to create spectacular underwater images in natural environments.

 

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Shawn Heinrichs

Shawn is an Emmy-award winning cinematographer, photographer and conservationist with a strong passion to protect the oceans. He recognised that people only protect what they love, so he inspires people to act, and he does it with his stunning images.

The mysteries of the deep are highlighted by Shawn’s unique use of light in his underwater shots.

 

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Craig Parry

Craig is a self-taught oceanic and nature photographer, based in Australia. His work focuses on marine and landscape photography, and his aim is to connect the viewers with the environment.

He travels the world and creates engaging images that make us wish to see these scenes with our own eyes.

 

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Seth Casteel

Seth Casteel is a self-taught photographer from the US. He became world-famous when his playful series of underwater dog portraits became an internet sensation. You can’t hold back a smile when viewing these diving dogs!

Seth is also an animal activist and hosts a TV series about dog adoption.

Jason Washington

Jason Washington is a diver who has a passion for the undiscovered underwater worlds. Shipwrecks provide a haunting backdrop to his unique underwater images of wildlife and gymnasts.

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Jennifer Hayes

Jennifer is an aquatic biologist, ocean advocate and a contributing photographer and speaker for National Geographic Partners. Her images show different species and underwater scenes from everywhere around the globe.

 

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Andrey Savin

Andrey Savin is an underwater photographer and videographer. He is a certified diver and he spends a lot of time underwater. His unique set of skills allows him to take outstanding macro photos that you don’t get to see very often.

He travels a lot and he has guided tours and workshops where you can go with Andrey to take as vibrant and diverse images as him.

Jorge Cervera Hauser

Jorge is an underwater photographer, award-winning film producer and eco-tourism activist. He shares his love for the oceans through his work, and he has documented some never-seen-before marine behaviour.

His images show all kinds of beautiful creatures from the deep.

 

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Irina Kazakova

Irina Kazakova is a Russian rhythmic gymnast who started her underwater photography career as a model. Photography became one of the mediums through which she expresses her creativity, and now she takes stunning underwater portraits.

Scott Wilson

Scott Wilson is an underwater photographer and cinematographer from Australia. He focuses on encounters with the giants of the ocean, only using natural light. He dives on a single breath and takes fine-art images.

Looking at his breathtaking photos, we start feeling small!

 

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Tom Cannon

Tom Cannon enjoys surfing, connecting with nature and taking amazing underwater photographs. He is a co-founder of Protect What You Love, a clothing line with a mission to protect different marine species.

Greg Lecoeur

If you would like to see some breathtaking underwater images, take a look at Greg’s work. He is committed to the preservation of the oceans, and his images present the underwater biodiversity and our environmental heritage.

Tom St George

Tom St George has two passion, diving and photography, and he combines the two in his stunning underwater photos. He loves photographing underwater caverns, caves, and marine wildlife.

His photos show magical and unknown worlds to the viewer.

 

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Conclusion

It’s always a good idea to get inspiration from other artists’ work. As you can see, underwater photography can have a lot of forms, and you can surely find a genre you enjoy.

Do you agree with our list? Drop us a comment with your favourite underwater photographers under this post!

We are always on the lookout for exciting new underwater photographers. If you are an underwater photographer, and you feel like you should be considered for this list, make sure to drop us an email at emma@expertphotography.com with your bio, website, and Instagram link!

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