Blog: Meet underwater photography greats at the Underwater Tour 2018

Saltwater crocodile split level in sandy shallows with island

Four of the world’s best underwater photographers share their underwater stories and secrets LIVE at the Underwater Tour 2018

‘Each photographer has their own specialist niche, and all will share enriching stories of exploration and discovery from behind the lens’ according to co-founder Tim Hochgrebe.

“It’s a stellar line-up of photographers hitting the road together across Australia for a series of entertaining, inspiring evening events” says joint founder Juliette Myers.

Dugong (Dugong dugon)  surfacing to take a breath of air. Dimakya Island, Palawan, Philippines

Dugong (Dugong dugon) surfacing to take a breath of air. Dimakya Island, Palawan, Philippines. Image (c) Jurgen Freund

Jürgen Freund, a Senior Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers, will take us on his personal journey sharing stories of The Coral Triangle, The Great Barrier Reef and The Great Sea Reef.

Jürgen’s imagery has brought recognition to the extraordinary biodiversity, unique cultures, and environmental challenges facing our connected waters and has helped visualize the significant marine work of one of the world’s leading conservation organisations, the WWF resulting in the book The Coral Triangle.

Saltwater crocodile split level in sandy shallows with island

Saltwater crocodile, crocodylus porosus is the largest of all living crocodilians and reptiles. It is found in suitable habitat throughout Southeast Asia, Northern Australia, and the surrounding waters. Saltwater crocodiles are known in the Northern Territory of Australia as “salties”. Image (c) Jurgen Freund

Jason Isley, based in Kota Kinabalu, has filmed across the globe on productions including the recent BBC Blue Planet 2 series, Emmy award winning Life series and the Disney IMAX production Sacred Planet.  Jason’s stories will cover his behind-the scenes view as an underwater cameraman, photographer and publisher of a collection of stunning books.

Underwater Tour 2018 (c) Jason Isley whale shark and freediver

Whale shark and freediver. Image (c) Jason Isley

With tales from ‘Small Blue World’ and his most recent leatherback turtle project, Jason will show us how, through his images and passion for marine conservation, he connects people with our underwater world.

Underwater Tour 2018 (c) Darren Jew. Humpback Heat Run, Tonga

Humpback Heat Run, Tonga. Image (c) Darren Jew

Darren Jew is a five-time Winner of the Canon/AIPP Australian Science, Environment and Nature Photographer of the Year Award.  Darren has spent the last 30 years capturing imagery and sharing the marine environments of the world, partnering with WWF, Tourism Australia and more recently with Canon and National Geographic in an underwater episode Tales by Light.

Underwater Tour 2018 (c) Darren Jew. Turtles feeding

Turtles feeding. Image (c) Darren Jew

From delightful, surprising underwater time-lapse photography in the warm waters and reefs off Lady Elliott Island, to cold water adventure with orcas in Norway, Darren will co-present with Jasmine Carey to share with us their photography, inspiration and journey towards developing a personal style.

Dr Richard Smith, flying in from London, is a marine biologist by training with a PhD in sygnathids.  Richard is recognised as a global voice for these enigmatic fishes through international organisation the IUCN Seahorse, Pipefish Stickleback Specialist Group and is the appointed global pygmy seahorse expert for citizen group iSeahorse.

Bargibant's Pygmy Seahorse

Bargibant’s pygmy seahorses (Hippocampus bargibanti) inhabiting a gorgonian (Muricella sp), adult Bargibant’s pygmy seahorses reach a maximum size of 2.6 cm, southeast Sulawesi, Indonesia. Image (c) Rich Smith

Combining science and photography, Richard will talk about his marine discoveries and provide insights into how learning about the underwater environment can greatly improve a photographer’s experience. His zoological perspective, as well as tips and tricks, will show you how to see the underwater world in a whole new light.

Mixed sessile invertebrate coral reef, Komodo, Indonesia.

Mixed sessile invertebrate coral reef, Komodo, Indonesia. Image (c) Rich Smith

Meet and chat with the photographers. Mix and mingle with representatives from our world-class touring partners, SEACAM, Wakatobi, Walindi, Solitude Liveaboards & Resorts, Christmas Island, Tourism Malaysia and DAN Asia Pacific and like-minded ocean lovers.

TOUR DATES

  • Brisbane Wednesday 9 May
  • Perth Thursday 10 May
  • Melbourne Friday 11 May
  • Sydney 12 May
  • For more information on speakers, tour partners, venues and to buy tickets, head to: www.underwatertour.com.au