Silfra Cathedral is where you really get the benefit of the 300-foot underwater visibility, Thingvellir National Park, Iceland
A lot of underwater photographers enjoy the perks of tropical travel—the sun and the sand. But that’s not the case for underwater photographer Byron Conroy. Sure, he loves diving in the warm waters of the Indo-Pacific region as much as the next person, but Byron’s real love is clearly the cold.
His portfolio of cold-water images—from caves to intercontinental crevasses—is sure to give a bit of a shiver (of jealousy, that is). His impressive images from the famed Silfra Fissure will make you want to buy a ticket to Iceland right away. Meanwhile, the photos of massive icebergs in Greenland might make you keen to invest in a quality drysuit.
Byron has contributed his images to many international publications as well as PADI for their cold-water diving marketing campaign. Outside of the cold stuff, Byron thaws off by shooting macro, big animals and wrecks in warmer waters.
Strytan, a geothermal cone in northern Iceland
Silfra Hall at dawn: The sun rises at around 11.00am in winter and you get this effect for the next three hours before darkness returns
A flooded ice cave with a frozen waterfall deep inside Langjökull glacier, the second-largest ice cap in Iceland
An oceanic whitetip shark cruises by in Egypt’s waters
An orangutan crab in his bubble coral home, Lembeh, Indonesia
HMS Stubborn, a sunken submarine at 180 feet off the coast of Malta
A green turtle on its way back down after taking a breath
A crocodilefish opens its mouth just as the photographer gets into position
A wolffish flashes a smile, showing off the teeth it uses to break open shellfish
Davíðsgjá, a lesser-known crack in the lake to which the Silfra fissure leads
A lion’s mane jellyfish found in the cold waters of Northern Iceland
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