Featured Photographers

Featured Underwater Photographer – Catherine Hoelzer

One of the best ways to learn photography is to see other photographers’ work. Mozaik looks for some of the best underwater photographers in the world, and showcase their work, along with the gear they use, to help other aspiring photographers improve, learn new skills and get inspired.

This week we will feature the talented Catherine Hoelzer!


About Catherine

I have always loved photography but never even thought I’d become an underwater photographer. I first started taking videos underwater with a GoPro and was content with that for years. But I decided to give underwater photography a try after my husband started the hobby. I took my first underwater photo in October 2019 and l thoroughly enjoy looking for beautiful marine life to photograph. I love seeing the amazing colors and the personalities of the marine life come to life in my photos! For the past two years, I’ve been using a Panasonic Lumix LX10 and was happy to get good photographs with a compact camera. I wanted to encourage others that they didn’t need to spend a lot of money to get amazing shots underwater. All it takes a good eye and a lot of practice. We just recently purchased new cameras (Olympus OM10 – IV) so I will have a steep learning curve with this new setup!

My husband and I are both divemasters working with a local dive shop in Aqaba, Jordan. We help Deep Blue Dive Center in Aqaba, Jordan with their social media, so it is our job to get good underwater images and videos. After serving many years overseas in war zones doing medical work, I love my new dream job of diving most days and photographing the beautiful underwater world. I hope that when people see my photos, they will become more ecology-minded and care more for the sea and our earth.

Catherine’s Gear

Panasonic Lumix LX10

Nauticam housing

Sea & Sea YS D2 Strobes

Kraken wide-angle lens

Bluewater 7 power macro wet lens

New Equipment:

Olympus OMD-E IV mirrorless

Nauticam EM10IV With Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 8mm F1.8 Fisheye PRO Lens with 4.5 inch dome port

Panasonic Lumix Professional 8-18mm Camera Lens, G LEICA DG VARIO-ELMARIT, F2.8-4.0 with 7 inch dome port

OLYMPUS M.Zuiko Digital ED 60mm F2.8 Macro Lens With port

Catherine’s Work

Anthias and corals

Aqaba seahorse closeup 1-500 sec at f-7.1 iso 125 10.2 mm

baby coconut octopus 

baby fish inside C130 cockpit

cuttlefish

Eels in coral 

lion on coral covered rope

lionfish and anthias under jetty

moray eel

pink leaf fish-Zanzibar

Polka-dot Chromodorid

sexy shrimp

starry pufferfish

tristar and barrel sponge

twin spotted wrasse

vehicle and clownfish @underwater military museum

yellow trumpet fish in rope corals

Follow Catherine

IG: @catherine_anne_uw_photography

FB: Catherine Anne UW Photography

Jill B

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