Cameraman and director,
Former underwater fisherman, Patrick began proper scuba diving in 1982 in the Mediterranean Sea. He quickly swapped the spear gun for the camera and since then, he has enjoyed the exhilarating feeling of weightlessness and the ever-changing spectacle offered by the oceans.
Lighting and Assistant Director,
During a trip to la Reunion Island in 2000, Karine takes her first degree in scuba diving. It's a revelation. Since then, she has kept running the oceans back to forth, to meet the biggest predator sharks and the largest marine mammals.
Tobias Friedrich takes photos since 2007 and collected over 50 publications and some covers in national and international magazines. 20 first places in underwater photo contest are speaking for his creativity as well. He is a regular contributor to the famous german Unterwasser magazine. His main achievements are:
- 1st place "Animal Pairs" at Glanzlichter 2012- Fuerstenfelder Naturfototage
- 1st place "Sharks category" at HP Worldshootout 2012
- 3rd place "Portfolio" Festival International de l'image sous marine Marseille 2012
- 1st place "Duo Sea" at FestiSUB Neuchatel 2012
- "Best of Show" at Ocean Art Competition 2011
- "Best overall" at University Miami Rosenstiel contest 2011
- 1st place "Fish of the Year" at Epson Red Sea Eilat 2011
More can be found at www.below-surface.com
Frederic started diving when he was 12, in Corsica in the Med, but he developed a real passion for underwater photography much later. It really all began after he had already logged more than 10 000 dives and he had been running 2 dive centers for more than 15 years in New Caledonia, in the south Pacific. Thanks to his extended experience, it didn't take long for him to express a particular sensitivity for underwater lighting and animal framing.
For Frederic, photography is a mean of diving the other way, "just for himself". With 35 years spent underwater, he finds it difficult to get wet without his camera in hands...
Born in 1959, Antoine Louvel is a dentist in Lyon, France. He started underwater photography in 1996 with a Nikonos RS. He then went on to digital with the Nikon D300 and has now elected the famous D 800 E.
The walls of his practice are covered in more than 80 pictures and while lying on the dentist chair, his patients can watch pictures on a TV screen above their heads on the ceiling. This way even at work, Antoine is immersed in the underwater world.
Claude is a building engineer. His leisure is exclusively dedicated to his passion for underwater photography. Very young, he took on underwater fishing and then left his spear gun for a camera on his first scuba dive, at the age of 15. Later, he had his wife and 3 kids certified and most of the time, they are diving together around the world, looking especially for large pelagic species.
In 2012, Claude has participated for the first time in the “Festival Mondial de l'Image Sous-Marine » in Marseille. He ended up at the fifth place and first French photographer in the portfolio category. Now equipped with the Nikon D800, he intends to participate again in 2013 and is looking for a better ranking.
Originally an art director, Fabrice had the chance to meet many land and underwater images enthusiasts. Capturing nature in its pure state then became a leitmotif. Some short films, photos exhibitions and the creation of the association “Mille et Une Mers » made it possible to share these moments with nature lovers of all ages. Fabrice uses a Canon EOS 5D Mk II and shoots both photos and videos.
Steve De Neef specializes in conservation/documentary photography and videography. Since 2004 Steve has lived mainly in the Philippines, right in the heart of the coral triangle, an ideal base to explore the underwater world while aiming to conserve it. Through his job, Steve aims at helping local and international NGO’s, bridging the gap between science and the public and creating awareness. Currently Steve is the photographer for the Large Marine Vertebrate Project in the Philippines. He also works frequently with Greenpeace South East Asia on their Oceans Campaign and has worked with Save Our Seas, Save the Philippine Seas, The Thresher Shark Research and Conservation Project and numerous other NGO’s.
With modern DSLR’s capability of shooting stunning HD video Steve has embraced this technology since day one and shoots as much stills as he does video.
Steve’s images and video’s have won awards in competitions like Nature’s Best Ocean Views, Nature’s Best Winland Smith Rice, Ocean Art, Beneath the Sea, ADEX photographer of the year and more. He has been published worldwide in newspapers, online media sites and magazines like National Geographic Traveller, Asian Geographic, Asian Diver, Scuba Diver Australasia, Sportdiver, FOCUS, Nature’s Best Magazine, Smithsonian, Scuba Diver Through the Lens, DUIKEN, Daily Mail, Telegraph, Daily Star, 7107 Islands and more. As a videographer he has worked for multiple production companies and TV networks including BBC, GMA7 and ABS CBN.
For more of Steve’s work check out https://www.stevedeneef.com
Shawn is an Emmy Award winnng cinematographer, photographer, scuba diver, and marine conservationist. An independent filmmaker and founder of Blue Sphere Media, a production company specializing in underwater, adventure and conservation films, he has acquired considerable first-hand knowledge of the oceans most important marine areas. He has worked with leading film and journalist teams including CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Yann Arthus Bertrand, and National Geographic and delivered projects for many of the top marine conservation organizations including WildAid, Shark Savers, Conservation International, The Nature Conservancy and Pew Environment Group.
Key areas of Shawn’s conservation focus include ending the global slaughter of sharks, protecting manta and mobula rays, and establishing marine protected areas. He is a key member of team that has been creating marine protected areas in Raja Ampat, the heart of the Coral Triangle. As part of a special coalition, he is working to establish shark sanctuaries and shark fin legislation across the Pacific, Southeast Asia and the Caribbean. And as Project Lead for Manta Ray of Hope, the team has launched a global study, campaign, and documentary to address severe and escalating threat to manta and mobula rays. Shawn serves on the International Board of WildAid, on the Board of Shark Savers, and is an Associate Director of Manta Trust.
In recognition of Shawn’s hands-on approach to marine conservation, he was presented the 2011 Oris Sea Hero of the Year award.
Jean CASSOU was born in France in 1955. As soon as 1975, he learns the basics of scuba diving. His wife Catherine introduces him to the art of photography. In 1977, on a trip to the Maldives, he tries to shoot his first pictures with a rudimentary kit. The result is less than satisfying, but the souvenir of a beautiful dive holds in his head.
Jean’s job takes him to French remote overseas territories. Upon each trip, the fluorescent green of the Caribbean sea, of the pacific ocean or other costal seas open their arms.
In Tahiti, French Polynesia, he meets Eric LECOEDIC and Philippe BACHET. The first one is a scuba diving instructor. The latter is a professional underwater photographer. These 2 new friends give him the virus of ‘le monde du silence”. Soon, he becomes a scuba-diving instructor and produces his first photography in 1992.
When a new French magazine comes to life, the boss send him on a journalistic trip to Saint Eustatius in the Netherlands Caribbean’s. It’s the start of a new reporter job.
In 1999 at the international underwater film festival of Antibes, along with his friend Claude Nivet, he wins the second place with a set of pictures called “CAILLOU. DREHU. PILOU”.
Since then, his pictures are regularly published and sold in French or international publications.
He has started writing a book, which will be out shortly.
Since an early age, Vanessa has always been fascinated and captivated by the natural world and its wildlife. She has a special affinity with the oceans. Born in Brittany, in the West of France, she spent most of her childhood on the beaches of that wild coast. And, with her 2 grand fathers in the navy, she grew up listening to amazing travelling tales which captured her imagination. She became a diver in 2010 and immediately invested in underwater photographic equipement. Since then she has been fortunate to travel to remote locations and witness amazing wildlife spectacles. Vanessa became keen and focused on sharing the beauty of the world and hopefully playing a part in protecting it.
She hopes that her photography and experience sharing can increase people awareness of how diverse and beautiful nature is, and inspire them to conserve it.
Antoine METTRA embraced a professional scuba diver career in 2010. After he met Hughes Vitry back in 2004, he felt the need to share the wonders offered by Mother Nature. He became a scuba diving instructor right after finishing biology and project management studies. Then, he quickly developed an interest for underwater photography and video.
Antoine is a self-made photographer but before all, a teaching professional. But photography and video star taking more and more room in his life. He also writes for different magazines including the French “Plongée Magazine”. He owns a rebreather system names “Evolution plus ” and intend to spend long dives with humpback Whales and C Leucas, and of course take a few shot in the mean time.
DSLR in hand, Henri has travelled to as much as 140 countries across the 5 continents and has shot more than 500 000 photos. He is currently teaching photography with the french diving federation FFESSM. He has organized numerous underwater photo courses.
Hereafter are some of his acheivments and rewards :
- Championnat de France de photographies en piscine 1989.
- Festival Mondial d’Antibes 1989 : 2ème prix du reportage (+2003, 2007), 4ème prix en diaporama.
- Championnat de France de photographies sous-marines 1990, 1991 (Prix spécial du jury).
- « Les Rendez-Vous de l’Emotion »(Bonifacio 1991) :1er prix en série diapositives.
- Compétition de photographies en piscine (Pertuis 1992): 1er prix.
- Okéanos 1990 (deux médailles de bronze), 1992 (médaille de bronze).
- Concours de photographies sous-marines (Maison Blanche 1992): 1er prix de la créativité, 1er prix noir et blanc.
- Challenge de photographies sous-marines (Port-Barcarès 1992) : Prix de la meilleure photo, 1er prix (série faune).
- 6ème : Challenge de la mer (Menton 1992) – 1er prix Nikonos.
- 5ème : Concours « Méditerranée 2000″ (Antibes 1992).
- Concours de photographies (Marignane 1993) : 1er prix de photo animalière.
- Fête de l’image sous-marine (Illkirch 1995) : 2ème prix noir et blanc.
- Quadridia (Viry-Châtillon 1995) : 4ème prix.
- Primé au Festival Mondial de l’Image Sous-Marine (Antibes 1995).
- Primé à Méditerranéa (Antibes 2010).
- Prix Spécial du Jury, catégorie « Diaporamas » au Festival du Film (Toulon 2010)
Pour Olivier, tous a commencé un fabuleux jour de l’été 1999, lors duquel il a effectué son baptême de plongée sur la côte Méditerranéenne. Ce fut une véritable révélation, voire une obsession au point d’en rêver chaque nuit lors de ses débuts. Sa seconde révélation fut la photographie sous-marine au début 2003 ! Depuis, toutes ses vacances sont dédiées à cette passion dévorante mais ô combien captivante! Il adore passer du temps sous l’eau, prendre son temps, trouver le détail, «sentir» l’ambiance et de ressentir la scène. Olivier affectionne la macro-photographie rapprochée, discipline plutôt technique mais qui permet de révéler certains détails ou certaines espèces souvent mal-connues par bon nombre de plongeurs. Néanmoins, l’ambiance animalière reste pour lui la catégorie reine, la plus exigeante mais certainement la plus fascinante, la plus émotionnelle et la plus interactive avec le monde du Grand Bleu.
Shane Wasic hons a degree in Marine Biology
He is Commercial & Scientific Diver, Rebreather, Technical, Instr etc. 2000+ dives.
Past President and board member of NZ Underwater Association
Recipient of Wyland Award 2012
Images in numerous worldwide magazines, books, tv etc.
Santiago Cabral was born in 1992 in Uruguai. He undertook several courses among whitch the Wildlife Film Academy Course in South Africa, the Digital Photography Course in Maldonado, Uruguay and the Digital and Film Camera Assistant in Montevideo Uruguay. Despite his relatively young age, Santiago is a keen stills photographer and a natural digital videopher. Another huge asset is Santiago`s passion for the Environment and his extensive knowledge of Flora and Fauna. Scuba-Production deeply beleives that it is just a question of time before this young man makes his mark as a competent and talented Wildlife Filmaker.
With over 23 years experience as a professional photographer, Dan's career spans a variety of genres and specialties. His professional photographic qualifications and on-going experimental photography work is complemented by his additional skills as a highly proficient and experienced deep-sea technical diver, freediver and Paramotor pilot. This combination of skills has given Dan access to some of the most exciting and unusual photographic shoots ever seen. His work includes some early pioneering technical wreck dives, such as the recovery of US$50 million work of silver from the El Cazador at a depth of 300ft, and salvaging valuable artifacts from the thousand year old Intan Wreck in Indonesia. In the mid 90's he was part of the first (NOAA) tri-mix dive expedition to the USS Monitor. In 1997 he was invited to join an international team to photographer and film the HMHS Britannic - sister ship to the Titanic - resting at 380ft (120m) in the Aegean Sea. Over the last decade, he has been involved in the sport of freediving, and has worked with the top ranking athletes around the world, and has covered many freediving world records. He has worked with Tanya Streeter, Herbert Nitsch, Sara Campbell, Carlos Coste, Fred Buyle and many more. His photographs have been published in hundreds of books and magazines worldwide, with featured work in National Geographic, Scientific American, WIRED, BBC Wildlife, GQ, FHM, Mens Health, Titanic Society, Tauchen, AQUA, Illustreret Videnskab, Pour La Science, Geographical Magazine, Mercedes Magazine,L'Equipe Magazine,Geo, Playboy! etc. He has also been involved in a variety of film work, and has worked for the National Geographic Channel,BBC Coast,Save Our Sea Foundation,Discovery Channel, Wreck Detectives 2 and Trans World Sport & many more.
His images and video footage are held in photography libraries around the world, including Nature Pics, Alamy, Buzz Pictures, Wildlife GmbH, Robert Harding & Seapics.com
Publications et récompenses
Publication dans la revue Aquamonde n°19 rubrique choix photographique « une surprise instantanée ».
1er au Championnat régional de photographie sous-marine en Martinique.
Prix ambiance faune mobile
Prix macro non poisson
Prix au concours de « Images de l'eau delà »
1er au concours Macro Martinique, et Prix coquillage
Publication dans la revue Aquamonde n°24 rubrique choix photographique « trois couleurs »
1er au Championnat régional de photographie sous-marine en Martinique
Prix macro poisson
Prix macro non poisson
1er prix photo master au concours de « L'image de l'eau de la »
Publication dans la revue Aquamonde n°34 rubrique astuce « un détecteur d'eau pas cher ».
Publication dans la revue Aquamonde n°35 rubrique astuce « la photo panoramique sous marine ».
1er au Championnat régional de photographie sous-marine en Martinique
Prix ambiance faune mobile
Prix macro poisson
Prix macro non poisson.
vainqueur du concours imagesub sur le thème « tête de clown ».
1er prix au challenge animalier de Martinique
Publication dans la revue Aquamonde n°39 rubrique astuce « récupérer informatiquement une image ».
1er au Championnat régional de photographie sous-marine en Martinique.
Prix ambiance faune mobile.
Prix macro poisson
9ème au championnat de France.
Publication : photo en Page de couverture dans la revue Aquamonde n°49.
French underwater cameraman and director leaving in Egypt, Fred Di Girolamo has logged more than 10 years of field experiences.
He is a qualified CCR Diver.
He is currently using a camera Canon EOD 5D Mk III in a Nauticam housing
REPORTAGE et PRISE DE VUE SOUS-MARINE : Méditerranée - Atlantique - Mers tropicales, Collaborateur de la revue SUBAQUA
CRÉATEUR et ORGANISATEUR des "RENDEZ-VOUS DE L'EMOTION" : Concours International de prise de vue sous-marine Bonifacio (Iles Lavezzi)
CRÉATEUR et ORGANISATEUR des "DÉCLICS DE LA BIO": Concours de prise de vue sous-marine, St Cyr Sur Mer
ORGANISATEUR et ANIMATEUR de STAGES de FORMATION de PHOTOGRAPHES SOUS-MARIN (Piscine et mer)
INSTRUCTEUR FÉDÉRAL AUDIO-VISUEL (FFESSM) - 1995
INTERNATIONAL PHOTO INSTRUCTOR (CMAS) - 1998
PRIX DU REPORTAGE SOUS-MARIN 1991 - 1992 - 1994 au FESTIVAL MONDIAL DE L'IMAGE SOUS MARINE d'Antibes
LAURÉAT du CHALLENGE DE LA MER - Monaco - août 1993
PRIX CRÉATIVITÉ au Championnat Méditerranée à Marseille - juin 1994
GALET DE LA FÉDÉRATION PHOTOGRAPHIQUE DE FRANCE - Banyuls - septembre 1994
PRIX SPÉCIAL MACRO au Championnat Méditerranée à Golfe-Juan - juin 1995
PRIX YVES BRIZARD - Marseille septembre 1996
PRIX SPÉCIAL DU JURY - Cassis septembre 1996
PRIX SPÉCIAL AMBIANCE au Championnat Méditerranée à Galéria - mai 1997
PRIX MACRO ET AMBIANCE - Annecy - septembre 1997
PRIX SPECIAL CREATIVITÉ au Championnat Méditerrannée à Marseille - juin 1999
PRIX SPÉCIAL DU JURY - Master Fotosub Barcelone - juin 1999
CHAMPION DE FRANCE DE PHOTO SUBAQUATIQUE EN PISCINE 1996
CHAMPION DE FRANCE MÉDITERRANNÉE 1999
VICE CHAMPION DU MONDE 1997
SÉLECTIONS EN EQUIPE DE FRANCE
Rencontre France-Italie à Arbatax (Sardaigne) - septembre 1991
Capitaine de l'équipe de France au Championnat CORALIS à Tabarka (Tunisie) - juin 1994
Championnat du Monde de photographie en piscine (Paris) - mai 1997
Master Fotosub (Barcelone) - juin 1999
REPORTAGES dans SUBAQUA, APNEA MAGAZINE, OCÉANS, IMAGE DES FONDS, L'HIPPOCAMPE, Agence FUN & FLY, UCPA International
APNEA MAGAZINE, SUBAQUA, LE MONDE DE LA MER, SPORT DIVER (GB), PLONGÉE MAGAZINE, OCEANORAMA, CHASSEUR D'IMAGE, LYON MAG, UNDERWATER WORLD (CORÉE), PHOT'ARGUS, PECHE PRATIQUE
L'HIPPOCAMPE (BELGIQUE), AQUA PLAISIR, POISSONS PASSION
GUIDE SOUS MARIN DES ESPÈCES MÉDITERRANÉENNES. - Aqua-Sciences
LA VIE DANS LES OCÉANS - Sea Editions
VOTRE GUIDE SOUS-MARIN - Sea Editions
CARNET DE PLONGÉE MÉDITERRANÉE - Thierry ZYSMAN
GUIDE SOUS MARIN DES ESPÈCES ATLANTIQUES ET MANCHE. - Aqua-Sciences
LA PASSION DU BLEU - André LABAN
CARNET DE PLONGÉE - ATOLL
LES POISSONS D'AQUARIUM EN 1000 PHOTOS - Marie-Paule et Christian PIEDNOIR
MER HISTOIRES SI PARTICULIÈRES – Rémy MICHELIN
ATOLL Bonifacio - CPSM Scubapro,
Exposition André LABAN
Lecques Aquanaut Center - Sea Diving Center
SNCM FERRYTERRANNEE, Aquapassion
FUN & FLY Toulouse - AMV Voyages
OCTOPUSSY - UCPA International
Galerie SUNRISE Craponne - juin 1995
Médiathèque de Villefranche - déc 1996
Centre Culturel de Villeurbanne - juin 1997 - juin 2000
MARE NOSTRUM - Paris - décembre 1997
Expo internationale de Lisbonne, Pavillon de la France - septembre 1998
Centre de Rencontre de Saint Vulbas - Mai 2000
Le NAUTILE Villefranche - juin 2000
Vaugneray - juin 2000
Formule J, Villefranche - Juin 2000
Grezieu la Varenne - Avril 2010
Jean Christophe Grignard is a Belgium professional photographer. Attracted by the water for years, Jean Christophe spent part of its childhood in the south of France where he discovers the beauty of the Mediterranean Sea. Fascinated by the adventures of the famous Commandant Cousteau, he become deeply involved with le aquatic world and the marine life. In 1992, he obtains successfully two degrees, one in marine biology and the other in photography. In the year 2000, as a dive instructor, he enters into the fascinating world of underwater photography. Its photos translate into a feeling of fascination and freedom where each image is a moment loaded with personal emotion... Some of its work has been rewarded in international contests. In 2012, he publishes "Dour ou les Trésors du Lagon Bleu" first book of its kind in Belgium. Its work is regularly displayed including underwater! As a matter of fact he created a Belgium "premiere" in displaying its pictures in a submerged stone quarry. Jean Christophe regularly publishes articles and pictures in different magazines, both in Europe and abroad.
For Jean Christophe, photography is discovery, apprenticeship and sharing. Through its numerous photographic trips, he runs after a quest of new images
Nicolas has started underwater photography 5 years ago and shoots now with a full frame DSLR. Dive instructor from 2009, he has worked in Mexico, Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, and in the Bahamas... So far, he has not taken part in any shootout contest. He has not been published neither but it is a question of time before Nicolas will be known and renown...
Born on June the 2nd, 1983 at Cosne-cours-sur Loire (France), Gabby started scuba diving when he came back to settle at La Reunion Island. He soon bought his first compact camera after having passed successfully his second dive star. It was an eye opener. At last, he had found its passion.
From now on, everything flows smoothly. He soon masters his little camera and decides to change for a more suitable one. He buys a canon 5D Mk II in a Subal housing with 2 Subtronique flashlights. He is now well equipped to start the real adventure. His third stars in hand, and after hundreds of dive hours and thousands of underwater pictures, he decides to move further and buys a CCR system. He has been diving with its APD Evolution + for just over a year. Next step? Mixed gazes... He hopes his Subal is going to sustain the pressure.
You cannot talk of Gabriel without speaking of "Réunion Underwater Photography", a facebook page he has opened along with his friend Yann Oulia where you can find their most beautiful shots. Gaby and Yann have been published in numerous magazines around the world.
Gilles is found of scuba diving since his young age. He belongs to that kind of underwater photographers who are shooting as much as they can. Experienced diver, he shoots the smallest colorful nudibranchs as well as the deepest wrecks off the Mediterranean coast.
High-level competitor, he has been awarded 3 “French underwater animal photographer of the year” titles and has won competitions such as the Open Water at Estartit (Spain) or the Marseille Challenge. He has won twice the World Underwater Film Festival in Marseille.
He enjoys his passion fully, traveling around the world to bring back unforgettable images. He works with several magazines and he is the main photographer and cameraman for Mare Nostrum, the Aquarium of Montpelier in the south of France.
CCR instructor, he regularly shares his passion with his friends in the Montpelier area where he lives.
Gilles's motto: Photography is a combination of looking and loving to share emotion!
My name is Erwan Savin, I am 40 years old and born in Brittany. I live in the south of France. I am a 3 * CMAS diver, nitrox qualified and I am an underwater cameraman kin in traveling around the world. I started scuba-diving 10 years ago. Quickly, I went on shooting stills pictures then onto video in 2010. I am equipped with a Sony HXR-NX70, Subspace Mark 2000 housing, and 2 video lights Mangrove.
I really enjoy making films in order to share my passion for wrecks, ice and cave scuba-diving and bring public attention to ocean conservation.
I founded Air-One Productions, an NGO concerned with underwater shooting:
Here are different pages where you can learn more about me :
Facebook Erwan Savin
Facebook underwater videos
Elisa MATHON was born in the north of France in 1952. She discovers of Scuba Diving in 1989 on a trip to Santa Teresa in Sardinia. Very soon, she grows fascinated by the underwater world and starts shooting still pictures with a Motor Marine II.
She meets Daniel Blin, national underwater photo instructor and starts knowing more about this new environment, first as a model during national competitions, then, as an instructor in regional meetings.
For the last 2 years, Elisa has participated in the French national swimming pool photo contest and in 2014, she was ranked in 8th position.
Now that her camera has become a natural extension of her personality, she would like to share the beautiful biodiversity of Brittany and more specifically, the area of the Ria of Etel.
Citlali is a young and gifted Franco-Mexican photographer who is also an ocean passionaria. She shares with us her love for travels and blue oceans waters.
Born in the city,, Noémie discovered the underwater world and diving in Polynesia at a young age. She is a passionate in biology. After a degree in biology and ecology, she joined the Cousteau Society in order to develop applied research programs including monitoring the California Gulf Porpoise and the conservation of sharks and manta rays (Sudan).
Her trips led her to shhot her first underwater images. She discovered a passion for the "big" animals and especially sharks.
After 7 years of Cousteau Society office, the call of the sea was stronger: Noémie finally left Paris to become video operator on Shark Education cruises and diving trips (Egypt, Bahamas, Maldives, South Africa and Sudan in particular ).
Underwater more than 300 days a year, Noémie immortalizes his magical encounters and wishes to share them more by joining the team of Scuba-Production.
To say that I have followed the path less traveled might be a bit of an understatement. After moving back to Seattle for college, I fell hopelessly in love with deep shipwreck exploration. This infatuation led to opening a technical dive shop in the early 90’s.
By the late 90’s I found myself seeking something with a bit more stability whilst still maintaining a certain level of adventure. I returned to school and promptly found myself working as a Surgical Technologist at a busy level one Trauma Center. This course held for the ensuing decade, with the occasional overseas trip to help teach in developing counties.
Despite the comfort of a regular paycheck, the smell of the salt air and the siren song of the briny deep had refused to released its grip, and I never tired of regaling anyone who would listen with tales of shipwrecks full of wolf eels and octopus the size of a VW bug.
After a brief period of self-reflection, my path became clear, there was no choice but to re-embark upon the childhood dream of following in the footsteps of Cousteau, helping to connect next generation to our Oceans and lure them into exploring the wonders beyond the edge of the deep green sea.
I was born in Western Washington (yes a token native) with the skyline of Seattle veritably etched in my DNA. It is with this feeling of deep connection that I have devoted myself to a becoming an advocate for the health of Puget Sound. As a diver I feel I bring a unique insight to the problems facing our waterways, having seen firsthand the consequences of human carelessness. As a citizen scientist I hold the knowledge to support sustainable conservation programs. As a filmmaker I maintain the tools needed to support public awareness. And last but not least, as an environmental activist, I possess the enthusiasm needed to help shape public opinion. Combining this passion and my diverse talents make me uniquely qualified to promote the message that not only must be heard, but acted upon: “We MUST protect our Oceans”
Whether working with Pacific Marine Research or inspiring public action with videography via Beneath the Looking Glass Project, I am constantly searching for ways to support the health of the our oceans. I find myself equally at home entertaining residents of a retirement facility or sharing the wonders of a muddy tide flat with a troop of kindergarteners. In 2012 I was the recipient of a Cox Conservation Hero award, and have utilized that as a springboard as I continue to expand public awareness and help foreground the plight of our threatened ecosystems. By combining the sophistication of multimedia with the hands-on approach of public events, it is my hope that I can help invigorate local conservation initiatives and establish a very clear sense that we can all make a real difference.
My passion is shooting films that inspire people to care for their environment.
“People protect what they love, but they have to know it to love it…”
After 10 years of teaching diving, Adrienne Gittus found a new outlet for her love of the underwater world by capturing her surroundings in imagery, allowing her to share her passion with others. Traveling all over the world, from the Cayman Islands, to Fiji, Australia and Palau, and working as a self taught professional cinematographer since 2011, she founded Soulwater Productions in 2015. Adrienne established her market niche in the Gili Islands and Komodo, becoming the number one creator of diving promotional videos for a variety of operations, including high-end liveaboards. She has also supplied footage to CNN, Discovery and National Geographic. Adrienne’s latest passion is CCR, recently reaching the pinnacle of technical diving with a certification to 100m. Silent diving fits perfectly with underwater filming, allowing her to get up close and personal with hard-to-capture marine life. Adrienne’s most enduring passion is the desire to use imagery to preserve our oceans, specifically, the fight to save sharks and rays in her adopted home of Indonesia. Her most recent project is a feature length documentary about Tanjung Luar, Indonesia’s biggest fish market.