Cristina Mittermeier: Commitment to Conservation

Photographer Cristina Mittermeier’s social media posts have insightful captions that reveal her deep commitment to ocean ecology issues. Telling stories that inspire, engage and ultimately motivate action, she wants to show what’s beautiful and special but also what may be in dire peril. Perhaps most significantly, she wants to show her audience an opportunity to act positively and to possibly attain a solution, using her photography to shine a light and make a difference.

The fluke of a humpback whale lifts above the sea in the warm glow of dusk off the coast of the Antarctic Peninsula.

Dark Side of the Sun

The sun is a powerful light source and can be used to the advantage of an underwater photographer. Learn more about harnessing the power of the sun and getting fantastic photos.

Whitetip shark goes for a swim and sunrays are behind its head

Pro Tips for Shooting in Cold Water

Don’t let colder water temperatures freeze you up — you can take stellar photos regardless of the conditions. Read our best tips on capturing images in cold water.

Little brown fish on top of red sponges

Michael Aw Photo Gallery

Michael Aw, who has published several popular books of his photography, provides a bonus photo gallery of his images.

Shooter: Zena Holloway

Zena Holloway has evolved into one of the world’s top commercial underwater photographers in a circuitous and nontraditional fashion. Today she is one of the most creative and in-demand producers of underwater fantasy images in both stills and video. Her client list includes Nike, Speedo, Umbro, Sony, Jacuzzi as well as publications such as GQ, Observer Magazine and How To Spend It.

Zena Holloway (center) holds a baby in her right arm and a toddler in her left arm. All three are submerged underwater.

Shooter: Amos Nachoum

Amos Nachoum is an accomplished dive and marine photographer. Read more about how Nachoum became interested in the intersection of diving and photography.

The dark silhouette of a Great White Shark

Shooter: David Doubilet

Underwater photographer David Doubilet was inspired by the ocean at an early age. Now, he’s known for his experimental underwater shots. Learn more about Doubilet’s career and creative process.

A tiny green frog stuck to the dive mask of a diver. Just his eyes are seen above the water

Aw Inspired

Michael Aw’s early life while growing up in Singapore — he didn’t see the ocean until age 17 — gave few clues that he would one day become one of the most influential print journalists in destination diving and ocean conservation. The author of or major contributor to 43 books, Aw created Ocean Geographic magazine in 2007 and also leads expeditions, often to exotic regions. He now hopes to raise awareness of the folly of shark-finning and the overexploitation of our marine resources.

Silky sharks often congregate at the edge of the continental dropoff at Jardines de la Reina.

A Different Light

LED lighting can be used successfully for underwater still photography thanks to advancements in technology. Learn how to harness the power of LED lighting for great images.

Purple spanish shawl nudibranch

Celebrating Slow

A slow shutter speed underwater can help light appear brighter, bring more light into the background and creates intentional blurs. Read more about using a slow shutter speed.

Female diver, in yellow suit, holds two flares in each hand