Ribbon eel in pink, Malé Atoll, Maldives
Very few underwater photographers would be recognized on sight, but if you are a connoisseur of dive magazines, then you will likely have seen Jade Hoksbergen. Jade is a very well-known model, and she has graced magazine covers and marketing images. Being an underwater model is not something that most of us could do, but this is not what is most impressive about Jade. No, it is her skill as a photographer that blows people away!
Growing up around Cebu in the Philippines, Jade has been able to hone her craft in some of the best dive sites on the planet. While she has many well-known shots, it is her creative work with little critters that stands out. She is not content to take well-framed shots. Jade constantly pushes the technical abilities of her camera and lights in an effort to come up with new and creative ways to shoot favorite subjects.
Jade is the kind of person that will constantly surprise you the more you get to know her. It turns out that she is not only a fantastic underwater model, world-class photographer, and all-around great person—she is also skillful with the pen, or keyboard as it may be these days. Jade is the co-author, with her husband Henley Spiers, of the forthcoming Let’s Go Dive Guide to Cebu, an extensive dive guide that features her home of Cebu and the surrounding islands. Be sure to check out this soon-to-be-released book, where you can appreciate her writing skills and photography. Oh, and yes, that is her shot on the cover!
This week I’m proud to introduce talented underwater photographer Jade Hoksbergen!
Yellow boxfish in motion, Malapascua, Cebu, Philippines
Pygmy yellow goby in San Miguel beer bottle, Anilao, Philippines
Anthia at the disco, Mactan, Cebu, Philippines
Anemonefish in anemone, Santander, Cebu, Philippines
Yellowline arrow crab in barrel sponge, Saint Lucia, West Indies, Caribbean
A top-down view of a map pufferfish, Cebu, Philippines
Idiomysis harem, Cebu, Philippines
Goby in motion, Cebu, Philippines
Red banner blenny on the lookout, Saint Lucia, West Indies, Caribbean
Bargibanti pgymy seahorse on fan coral, Misool, Southern Raja Ampat, Indonesia
Flatworm in the night, Moalboal, Cebu, Philippines
Larval tube anemone in the night, Anilao, Philippines
A pair of pygmy yellow gobies, Seraya, Bali, Indonesia
Hawkfish hiding in the pink, Cebu, Philippines
For more of Jade’s exceptional images, check out her website, www.jadehoksbergen.com, or follow her work on Instagram. Also, be sure to check out Jade’s husband Henley Spiers’ forthcoming guidebook to Cebu (part of the Let’s Go Dive Series), which promises to be packed with useful information and spectacular images.
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