Blue-ringed octopus in the muck, Koh Tao, Thailand
Photographer of the Week Elisabeth Lauwerys is an award-winning photographer and filmmaker who has been shooting underwater for nearly two decades. Elisabeth began her career as an underwater camerman filming freedivers. And in 2004, she opened Oceans Below Underwater Video Productions, which provides professional-level video training courses in Koh Tao, Thailand. Elisabeth’s video courses have been recognized by many diver training organizations and she has provided her expertise to countless industry professionals. Elisabeth has also had the opportunity to work on various underwater films with big production houses like the BBC.
As such an accomplished camerman, Elisabeth also has a keen eye for photography, and the macro and wide-angle images that follow are testament to that. I particularly love the intimate critter portraits she has so thoughtfully constructed. Shot at eye level, the images boast beautifully blurred foregrounds and backgrounds, which emphasize the critters brilliantly, and draw the viewer’s eye into their fluid world.
One of many cowries found during a night dive on the reefs surrounding Pom Pom Island, Sabah, Malaysian Borneo
A tiny Doto nudibranch sitting on a hydroid in the current, shot during a night dive in Sabah, Malaysia
Bubble coral shrimp at Pom Pom Island, Sabah, Malaysian Borneo
Hammerhead on the sand, Tiger Beach: This image was the runner-up for the Ernie Brooks Award for Outstanding Achievement, the black-and-white category in the Ocean Geographic Pictures of the Year Awards 2017
A green turtle chilling out on the coral at Mataking Island, Sabah, Malaysia
Diving and snorkeling with curious false killer whales at Roca Partida, Revillagigedo Islands, Mexico
Hundreds of mobula rays fly by during a safety stop at Cabo Pulmo, Mexico
A fluorescing mushroom coral, Koh Tao, Thailand
Portrait of a shrimp at Timba Timba Island, Sabah, Malaysia
At night, a shrimp hitches a ride on a Spanish dancer, Pom Pom Island, Sabah, Malaysian Borneo
Elisabeth Lauwerys, at work
To see more of Elisabeth’s superb underwater still and film work, visit www.oceansbelow.net.
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