Featured Photographers

Featured Underwater Photographer – Victor Huertas

One of the best ways to learn photography is to see other photographers’ work. We try to find 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 Victor Huertas!

About Victor

As a kid growing up in Barcelona, Spain, the Mediterranean Sea was my playground. I spent hours fishing and snorkelling, and knew that I wanted to dedicate my life to learning about the mysterious, beautiful world below the surface. Years later I graduated from college and my love for the sea took me on a remarkable journey from my native Mediterranean Sea to the Caribbean, and later to the remote shores of North Queensland where I currently live. Here, I fulfilled a life-long dream of diving on the Great Barrier Reef as I conducted research for my PhD.

Parallel to my research career, I have been developing my skills as an underwater photographer. My passion for shooting marine life was ignited by many hours spent in front of a TV watching Cousteau’s The Silent World and BBC documentaries. As a kid, I was also an avid reader of National Geographic magazines and this is how I learned of the inspiring work of Brian Skerry, David Doubilet, Paul Nicklen, Thomas Peschak and many others. Their stories, so beautifully captured, had a deep impact on me. I wanted to build and strengthen awareness of marine ecosystems: their importance, their diversity, and the problems underwater creatures face. So I picked up my first underwater housing and started shooting. Like most underwater photographers, I started off with a point and shoot camera and it took me years to be able to afford a (second-hand) DSLR with a (second-hand) housing. Today, I continue to learn by testing new angles, compositions, settings, and I always look forward to feedback from fellow underwater photographers. I hope my images bring you joy and spark in you a deep appreciation for the ocean. If you love the ocean like I do, get in touch!

Victor’s Gear

Camera body: Canon 5D mark II

Lenses: Sigma 15 mm f/2.8 Fisheye DX/DGCanon EF 100 mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM

Housing: Aquatica with 9.25 inch dome and flat port

Lighting: 2 x Ikelite DS161

Victor’s Work

A blacktip reef shark (Carcharhinus melanopterus) cruises below the surface on a sand bank in the north shore of Mo’orea, French Polynesia. This shot was taken during an assignment with Physioshark, a research group focusing on determining the effect of climate change on the physiology and behaviour of sharks.
A juvenile green turtle surfaces to take a breath of air on a beautiful sunny morning at Lizard island, Great Barrier Reef.
A school of painted sweetlips (Diagramma pictum) stick together during the day to rest on the sandy bottom near or between the rocky walls formed by corals.
A Coral Rabbitfish (Siganus corallinus) grazes on turf algae at Lizard Island, Great Barrier Reef.
A Honeyhead Damsel (Dischistodus prosopotaenia) makes eye contact with my lens. These territorial damselfishes are no pushover and will fiercely defend their home if any intruder gets too close, no matter the size.
A green turtle’s welcome to a stranger.
Curious sea turtle approaches my dome port.
Sharks, sea birds and trevallies in French Polynesia.
Portrait of a green sea turtle.
Coral reef in Tahiti, French Polynesia.

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