Underwater photographers

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  1. Leni Riefenstahl

    Leni Riefenstahl


    Helene Bertha Amalie "Leni" Riefenstahl (22 August 1902 – 8 September 2003) was a German film director, producer, screenwriter, editor, photographer, actress and dancer widely known for directing the Nazi propaganda film Triumph of the Will. Riefenstahl’s prominence in the Third Reich, along with her personal association with Adolf Hitler, destroyed her film career following Germany's defeat in World War II, after which she was arrested but released without any charges.

  2. Hans Hass

    Hans Hass


    Hans Hass (23 January 1919 – 16 June 2013) was an Austrian biologist and diving pioneer. He was known mainly for being among the first scientists to popularize coral reefs, stingrays and sharks. He pioneered the making of documentaries filmed underwater. He led development of the aqualung and of a make of rebreather. He is known, too, for his energon theory and his commitment to protecting the environment.

  3. Jacques-Yves Cousteau

    Jacques-Yves Cousteau


    Jacques-Yves Cousteau AC (commonly known in English as Jacques Cousteau; 11 June 1910 – 25 June 1997) was a French naval officer, explorer, conservationist, filmmaker, innovator, scientist, photographer, author and researcher who studied the sea and all forms of life in water. He co-developed the Aqua-Lung, pioneered marine conservation and was a member of the Académie française.

  4. Agnes Milowka

    Agnes Milowka


    Agnes Milowka (23 December 1981 – 27 February 2011) was an Australian technical diver, underwater photographer, author, maritime archaeologist and cave explorer. She gained international recognition for penetrating deeper than previous explorers into cave systems across Australia and Florida, and as a public speaker and author on the subjects of diving and maritime archaeology. She died aged 29 while diving in a confined space.

  5. Zale Parry

    Zale Parry


    Zale Parry is an American pioneer scuba diver, underwater photographer and actress. She lives in Tillamook, Oregon.

  6. Alberto Korda

    Alberto Korda


    Alberto Díaz Gutiérrez, better known as Alberto Korda or simply Korda (September 14, 1928 – May 25, 2001) was a Cuban photographer, remembered for his famous image Guerrillero Heroico of Argentine Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara.

  7. Bernard Delemotte

    Bernard Delemotte


    Bernard Delemotte is a member of the oceanographic research team of the Cousteau Society, founded by Jacques-Yves Cousteau. He has participated as a diver, underwater cameraman and expedition team leader in various Cousteau Society's projects such as the ones featured in television series The Cousteau Odyssey filmed between 1977 and 1982.

  8. Adrian Biddle

    Adrian Biddle


    Adrian Biddle, (20 July 1952, Woolwich, London – 7 December 2005, London), was an English cinematographer.

  9. Folco Quilici

    Folco Quilici


    Folco Quilici (born 9 April 1930) is an Italian film director and screenwriter. He directed 22 films between 1952 and 2005.

  10. Innes McCartney

    Innes McCartney


    Dr. Innes J. McCartney is a British nautical archaeologist, explorer, historian and author.

  11. E. Lee Spence

    E. Lee Spence


    Edward Lee Spence (born 1947 in Germany) is a pioneer in underwater archaeology who studies shipwrecks and sunken treasure. He is also a published editor and author of non-fiction reference books; a magazine editor (Diving World, Atlantic Coastal Diver, Treasure, Treasure Diver, and Treasure Quest), and magazine publisher (ShipWrecks, Wreck Diver); and a published photographer. Spence was twelve years old when he found his first five shipwrecks.

  12. Henry Way Kendall

    Henry Way Kendall


    Henry Way Kendall (December 9, 1926 – February 15, 1999) was an American particle physicist who won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1990 jointly with Jerome Isaac Friedman and Richard E. Taylor "for their pioneering investigations concerning deep inelastic scattering of electrons on protons and bound neutrons, which have been of essential importance for the development of the quark model in particle physics."

  13. Howard Schatz

    Howard Schatz


    Howard Schatz (born 1940) is an American ophthalmologist and photographer. After an academic career as a retina specialist, primarily in the San Francisco area, he turned his photography hobby into a successful second career. The photographs of Howard Schatz are exhibited in museums and photography galleries internationally and are included in innumerable private collections. He has received international acclaim for his work.

  14. John D. Craig

    John D. Craig


    John D. Craig (1903–1997) was an American businessman, writer, soldier, deep-sea diver, Hollywood stunt man, film producer, and television host. He pioneered deep-sea diving as a profession and as an industry from the 1930s on, and filmed aerial combat over Europe during World War II. He is best known for using film and television to show the United States public the beauties and dangers of Earth's underwater worlds.

  15. Monty Halls

    Monty Halls


    Monty Halls (born 5 November 1966, England) is a TV broadcaster, explorer and marine biologist. He is most well known for his BBC Great Escape series (Monty Halls' Great Escape, Monty Halls' Great Hebridean Escape and Monty Halls' Great Irish Escape) in which he lived and worked in remote parts of the UK and Ireland with his dog-and-best-friend Reuben. Halls' other TV programmes include Great Ocean Adventures, Scubazoo, Animal Planet and Perfect Weapon. He has also led a number of diving expeditions. He was an expedition leader for the marine conservation charity Coral Cay Conservation.

  16. Ron & Valerie Taylor

    Ron & Valerie Taylor


    Ron Josiah Taylor, AM (8 March 1934 – 9 September 2012) was a prominent Australian shark expert, as is his wife, Valerie May Taylor née Heighes, AM (born 9 November 1935). Their expertise has been called upon for films such as Jaws, Orca and Sky Pirates.

  17. Luis Marden

    Luis Marden


    Luis Marden (born Annibale Luigi Paragallo) (January 25, 1913 – March 3, 2003) was an American photographer, explorer, writer, filmmaker, diver, navigator, and linguist who worked for National Geographic Magazine. He worked as a photographer and reporter before serving as chief of the National Geographic foreign editorial staff. He was a pioneer in the use of color photography, both on land and underwater, and also made many discoveries in the world of science.

  18. Joseph MacInnis

    Joseph MacInnis


    Dr. Joseph Beverly MacInnis, CM (born in Barrie, Ontario, Canada on 2 March 1937) is a Canadian physician, author, poet, underwater diver and aquanaut. In 1974, MacInnis was the first scientist to dive beneath the North Pole. In 1976 he became a member of the Order of Canada.

  19. Paul Auerbach

    Paul Auerbach


    Paul Stuart Auerbach (born January 4, 1951) is an American physician and author in the discipline, wilderness medicine. He is a founder and past president of the Wilderness Medical Society. Auerbach was the editor for the Journal of Wilderness Medicine (currently Wilderness and Environmental Medicine) published by the Wilderness Medical Society from 1990 to 1995. Auerbach is the author of a number of articles and books on topics such as emergency medicine, hazardous marine animals, and scuba diving, including two books of underwater photography.

  20. Fiona Ayerst

    Fiona Ayerst


    Fiona Ayerst is a wildlife photographer based in South Africa notable for underwater photography. She has swum with many species of shark, photographed them, including the macropredator Tiger shark and the massive but tamer whale shark. Her images have won awards in numerous photo competitions. She writes for several magazines, and works as an editor for Beyond Blue magazine. She is a proponent of protecting sharks and ocean environments. Her images have appeared in magazines and newspapers worldwide, such as Time magazine, as well as on magazine covers and Coffee table books featuring wildlife photography. She won South Africa's 2003 Wildlife Photographer of the Year. She gave a TED talk in 2012 titled My journey into water. She is a director of Africa Media.

  21. Eric Cheng

    Eric Cheng


    Eric Cheng is a professional photographer specializing in underwater photography. He owns and publishes Wetpixel, an underwater photography website, and is the editor and publisher of Wetpixel Quarterly, a quarterly print magazine dedicated to underwater photography and conservation.

  22. Philippe Tailliez

    Philippe Tailliez


    Philippe Tailliez (15 June 1905, Malo-les-Bains – 26 September 2002, Toulon, France) was a friend and colleague of Jacques Cousteau. He was an underwater pioneer, who had been diving since the 1930s.

  23. John Christopher Fine

    John Christopher Fine


    John Christopher Fine of Scarsdale, New York is a marine biologist with a doctor of jurisprudence degree and has dived on shipwrecks all over the world. He is a Master Scuba Instructor and Instructor Trainer, and the author of over two dozen books on almost as many topics, including award-winning books dealing with ocean pollution. He has authored both fiction and non-fiction books.

  24. Rudie Kuiter

    Rudie Kuiter


    Rudie Hermann Kuiter (born 1943) is an Australian underwater photographer, taxonomist, and marine biologist. He has described many new species of seahorse.

  25. Dermot FitzGerald

    Dermot FitzGerald


    Dermot FitzGerald (20 March 1935 – 5 February 2006) was a leading Irish businessman and philanthropist. A descendant of the aristocratic Earls of Desmond, FitzGerald was born in Limerick, Ireland to a southern Irish Protestant family. His father, Gerald FitzGerald, was a bank manager. He attended Wesley College, a prestigious Dublin school run by his maternal uncle Gerald Myles. Upon graduating he joined a host of notable alumni such as playwright George Bernard Shaw and Chaim Herzog, the sixth President of Israel.

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