Aaron Wong is one of the most published and recognised underwater photographer in Asia. With almost 2 decades of field experience, Aaron’s images and his trademark lighting techniques have won him international acclaim. A Nikon and Seacam ambassador and memeber of the Ocean Artists Society, Aaron also serves as the field editor for ScubaDiver and the official ADEX Ambassador of Photography (International).
Ace Wu was born in Taiwan and currently lives in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Specialising in black background and wide-angle underwater photography, he is entirely self-taught. From a curious novice, he is now an experienced photographer. As such, when introducing underwater photography to beginners, he uses simple methods, ensuring the theory is easy to understand. His goal is to show the breathtaking beauty of the underwater world through his images.
Alan Lo is a commercial photographer based in Hong Kong and a scuba diving aficionado. He has been selected as one of the world’s top 50 underwater photographers under Blancpain’s Fifty Fathoms. Alan is the only spokesperson for Seacam Hong Kong, one of the World’s top underwater housing brands.
Award winning Underwater Photographer and Expedition Leader Amanda Cotton melds the human element with the beauty hidden within our oceans in an effort to educate and empower others to become personally involved in the fight to maintain our precious, yet highly fragile aquatic ecosystems.
Andrew Lim published his first underwater photography book, Silhouette of Serenity, at age 21. Having donated part of the proceeds to charity, he was also invited to meet the (then) President of Singapore, Dr Tony Tan, in recognition for his work. The 26 year-old TEDx speaker and former national rock-climber strives to capture and unleash the incredible beauty of people that only underwater photography can provide.
Andrew is a long time diver, photographer and writer. His work has been published in a wide variety of media around the world, but his true love is writing books. The first of these was Legends Beneath the Waves: Truk Lagoon. This book was very well received and its success has led to an additional six books in that series being committed to, with the second book on Philippine wrecks being released at ADEX 2019. Aside from the shipwreck books, Andrew also writes dive guides. His guides focus on small areas and seek to take the reader diving in that location in their mind. The first of these is Let’s Go Dive Guide to Anilao, which he created with partner Ram Yoro. Two more of these guides will released in 2019. Andrew lives in Beijing with his awesome wife Dalice and two daughters Elly and EJ “Doomy”.
Christian Vizl believes that photography is capable of real service to humanity, promoting empathy and initiating change, so my main purpose as a photographer is to create poetic images showing the incredible beauty of these animals knowing they carry the power of changing our perception and spark the love and empathy that we all have inside. First runner up of the International Photography Awards, Professional Nature Underwater category in 2017. Honorable Mention, International photography awards 2018, category nature underwater.
Ellen Cuylaerts relocated from Belgium to the Cayman Islands in 2009. Having a master’s degree in modern history and education but ended up working in IT until she decided to home school her 2 gifted teenagers, relocating and taking up scuba diving in June 2011. Soon she became a Master Scuba Diver and combined it with photographing the wonders of the underwater world.
Her main drive is shooting images that draw the viewer in so an emotional bond is established between marine life and people involved in protecting our blue planet. Ellen received many awards for her pictures and was the 2013 World Champion in the yearly online underwater photo competition underwaterphotography.com June 2014 & again 2015 she became first and second in the United Nations’ World Oceans Day Photo Competition (which she now curates). Those competitions have helped her to make her voice in conservation louder and also to mentor more people to use their images to contribute to education, preservation and awareness. Ellen’s work can be seen in exhibitions in Paris, St. Petersburg, Valencia, Marseille and New York. June 2017 she addressed heads of State on World Oceans Day at the General Assembly of the United Nations highlighting the plight of photographers and filmmakers engaging in protection of the oceans.
As a Fellow Explorer International Ellen became a member of the Flag & Honors Committee of the Explorers Club, hence having a front seat at future explorations! She try to bring people together to work in a constructive way to ‘be the change you want to see’.
Asia’s most internationally published underwater photographer, Imran Ahmad has been capturing the magnificence of life below and above the water’s surface for over 20 years. Known for his experimental photography with light and motion, Imran spends much of his time as a professional photographer giving presentations promoting photography in all its aspects. He leads exclusive photo trips, runs photo workshops on wildlife, creative, conservation, underwater and travel photography around the world.
Through her photography she hopes to share not just the beauty of the underwater world, but reflect the natural behaviour of marine creatures and raise awareness of how fragile the environment can be. Indra’s passion for her wildlife was ignited at an early age by Sir David Attenborough, who she finally got to meet in person when she won the underwater category of the BBC/Natural History Museum Wildlife Photographer of the Year.
At just 23 years old, Jade Hoksbergen, is an up-and-coming underwater photographer, model, and travel journalist from a highly international background. Her distinctive style of capturing the underwater macro world is largely influenced by her art and painting, and while she only started underwater photography in 2015, her work has already been honoured in several competitions including the prestigious UPY. Her work has also been internationally published. She is currently based in the Philippines and shares a love of the sea with her husband, Henley Spiers.
Jim loves extreme sports and underwater photography perfectly combines adventure and art creation. Since starting underwater photography in 2008, Jim strives to capture transient beautiful moments more precisely every time he dives. Up to now, his works have won 43 domestic and foreign awards and been published in magazines and newspapers. He has also been interviewed by notable publications such as British Daily Mail and Apple Daily.
A former TV Artiste, Kent in love with the ocean after his first dive. Quitting his job to focus on diving, he became a diving instructor and is now an underwater videographer and creative director. He plans to bring a creative underwater video production to the commercial market. He has collaborated with TV broadcasting companies and different media outlets to bring his creative vision to the public.
Laurent studied marine biology, which culminated in a Master’s degree. He discovered a species of fish hitherto unknown in the Western Mediterranean. Combining his passion for underwater photography with his work as a biologist, Laurent has won numerous awards, and has been featured in international publications.
His book, 700 Sharks Into The Dark, provide astonishing testimonies of life, death, innocence and violence in the heart of sharks packs in French Polynesia.
A trip to the Palau in 2006 triggered her passion for the underwater world. Following the oceans with her cameras, her passion for travel, diving and underwater photography, especially macro objects, has not abated and will be with her for the rest of life. Her works have won 53 domestic and foreign awards and have been published on German Hörzu Wissen magazine, American Nature’s Best Photography magazine, Daily Mail ,Taiwan Apple Daily, TVBS, Yahoo NEWS, Kairos NEWS among others. In the field of underwater photography, she hopes to capture more beautiful pictures and share her works with friends who love oceans.
Former Freediving champion Pepe Arcos is a full-time photographer and filmmaker. An award-winning, multitalented shooter, he captures unique images of ethereal calm that even the fastest scuba diver will fail to capture.
Growing up in archipelagic Philippines, Ram’s early love affair with the ocean led him to pursue a career as a scuba instructor and underwater photographer.Based in Anilao, Ram is a pioneer and proponent of Bonfire Diving as a tool for documenting plankton. Part of the renowned Filipino Cave Divers and PHILTECH Dive Team, he is active in shooting underwater cave systems and wrecks in the Philippines. Ram co-authored with Andrew Marriott the Guide to Anilao, a comprehensive guidebook about diving in the area.
Roger is a British, Emmy award-winning underwater cameraman, based in Sabah, Malaysia. Specialising in natural history filmmaking, Roger was one of the principal cameramen on the BBC’s recent Blue Planet II series. One of the notable sequences include a tusk fish exhibiting tool use. An underwater cameraman since 2001, Roger’s specialty is crafting complex, character-led stories .
Scott was first handed his underwater camera at the age of 16. Decades later, his passion for photography has brought him on amazing journeys. From throwing himself into a feeding frenzy to dangling off a line in open water at night, his photography has been recognised by the Palme D’or at Antibes festival for his book Anilao, which he co-authored in 2000. His latest books, Blackwater and Open Blue, have won awards and are sold out worldwide.
Stephen Frink is among the world’s most frequently published UW photographers, with a career spanning four decades. He arrived in Key Largo, Florida Keys in 1978 to open a small studio, primarily renting underwater cameras and processing E-6 slide film; but he soon began to receive assignments to photograph and write articles for the consumer dive publications of the day. He worked as a photojournalist for Skin Diver magazine for 17-years, covering much of the Caribbean, Bahamas, and Florida Keys for the publication. Subsequently he worked as the Director of Photography for Scuba Diving magazine. Most recently, and for the past 8 years, Stephen has been the publisher of Alert Diver Magazine, a beautiful coffee-table collectible magazine for the members of Divers Alert Network.
Stephen teaches a Master class in underwater photography each summer in his home waters of Key Largo, Florida. Clients for assignment photography over the past 3 decades have included Scubapro, Victoria’s Secret, Aqualung, Oceanic, Canon, Nikon, Mercury Marine, Jantzen, R.J. Reynolds, Henderson Aquatics, American Express, Hanes, and Club Med. Rolex Watch Company has also engaged Frink for both endorsement and product photography.
Other Frink enterprises include a dive travel company, WaterHouse Tours, and a stock photo agency, Stephen Frink Collection. Stephen Frink Photographic is the North American distributor for SEACAM underwater photo equipment. His studio and photo gallery are located at Mile Marker 101, Bayside, in Key Largo, Florida.
Steve Lewis is a best-selling author, expedition leader, and life coach. He has written several diving textbooks, has served as a training panel member for TDI and RAID, and is a product consultant for equipment manufacturers. A popular speaker and storyteller, this will be his first ADEX.
Sun Ping is an established photographer who has photographed celebrities such as Chen Weiting, Chen Xiao, Lily Yu and Zhang Xinyu. She has also shot for fashion magazines including Bazaar and Vogue. More recently, she ventured into underwater creative photography to express and share her love for the ocean.
Tobias Friedrich started taking pictures with a DSLR underwater in the year 2007. His Images have been published in prestigious scuba diving magazines and newspaper around the world. Several underwater photographic competitions, have honoured his work, resulting in over 50 awards with nearly 230 1st places. Lately he has been names “Underwater Photographer of the Year 2018” in the prestigious UPY London competition. He is SEACAM equipment for his Canon EOS 1DX Mark II and 5D Mark ll DSLR.
Y.Zin Kim is introducing high quality underwater photography and model training also working as commercial photographer. She has been working on photo shoots on TV shows, movies, advertisements, magazines over many years and she got World Records on First women SideMount Trimix 101m depth diving in 2015. Currently she is advertising and the East Sea of Korea and Jeju Island to abroad. and also promoting about culture of Hae-Nyeo (Sea women) worldwide from 2012. She was appointed Ambassador of the Year at the Asia Dive Expo in 2018. She is an influential artist who takes the lead in promoting Asia’s technical diving, marine conservation and maritime culture.
Yorko Summer is a well-known underwater photographer from Taiwan, with nearly 20 years of scuba diving experience. Multi-talented Yorko aside from being an underwater photographer, is also a travel journalist, photography lecturer and highly sought after as photo competition judge at international shows. He has collaborated with reputed brands, and has been invited by Marianas Visitors Authority as a Mariana Ocean Ambassador to promote these beautiful islands.
Yue Hong Jun began his journey into photography in 1984. He is currently a member of the Chinese Photographers Association, a member of the Royal Society of Photographers, and a deputy director of the Shenzhen City Entrepreneurs Photography Association. He has held several solo photography exhibitions in recent years, and many of his works have been nominated for and won awards at various national and international competitions.