Sleeping Beauty: Whilst photographing two other New Zealand fur seals, I noticed this sea lion quickly “sleepwalking” towards me, Montague Island, New South Wales, Australia
Photographer of the week Brett Lobwein is a passionate and environmentally-minded photographer based in his homeland of Australia. Having grown up on the waterways of the Port Hacking River in the southern suburbs of Sydney, his love of scuba diving really took shape in the early 2000s while working in a local dive shop. By 2010, he had started to take a keen interest in underwater photography and purchased his first DSLR housing. From his first trip to swim with the humpback whales in Tonga, he was completely hooked. His passion for underwater photography is rivaled only by his wanderlust for exotic travel. These two interests complement each other perfectly, allowing Brett to capture compelling images around the world as well as in his own backyard.
Whether shooting silky sharks in Cuba’s Gardens of the Queen or sand tiger sharks and fur seals in his native New South Wales, Brett is always sure to represent marine life in their natural element, without demonizing or sensationalizing an animal to gain attention to an image for the wrong reasons.
Aligned with his love for the ocean and its inhabitants, Brett is also a strong advocate of protecting our oceans and environment by raising awareness around excessive use and demand for single-use plastics. Brett is an associate and resident photographer at Ocean Geographic, Isotta Professional Photographer, owner of a distributor of underwater photography equipment, and a winner of many international photography awards.
Silky Sunset: A silky shark swims into the sunset, Gardens of the Queen, Cuba
UFO: A lion’s mane jellyfish (Cyanea capillata) near the surface in the Arctic Circle, Greenland
Crocodile Waterline: The waterline runs along the teeth and then reveals the rest of the body, Gardens of the Queen, Cuba
Squid Portrait: This squid posed perfectly for this portrait photo, Solomon Islands
Silky sharks in the Gardens of the Queen, Cuba
Blenny Love: This blenny called this small hole in the coral home, Gardens of the Queen, Cuba
Looking Glass: A gray nurse shark (Carcharias taurus), also known as a sand tiger shark in other parts of the world, swims above a large school of fish, Broughton Island, New South Wales
A Caribbean reef shark patrolling the reef in Gardens of the Queen, Cuba
A male great white shark called “Cuddles” swims past the floor cage in Neptune Islands, South Australia
See more of Brett’s beautiful underwater imagery at www.brettlobwein.com.