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Photographer of the Week – Jerome Israel
By Daniel Norwood, June 4, 2020 @ 06:00 AM (EST)

A magical mobula encounter in Mexico
 

A great way to discover new underwater photographers is by checking out the winning images in high profile photography contests that receive thousands of entries. That is how I first came across the work of this week’s featured photographer Jerome “Jack” Israel.

Jack won third place in the macro category of this year’s British Underwater Photographer of the Year competition for an image of three nudibranchs eating eggs, and with the assistance of Google and social media (he doesn’t yet have his own website but he’s working on it), I managed to find more of his awesome work and invited him to put together a portfolio of his favorite images. As you can see below, he is not just a one hit wonder, and his chosen selection features both excellent macro and wide-angle shots from a variety of different locations.

He currently works as a PADI dive instructor at Squalo Divers in Miami, and many of his best images were taken at well-known dive sites in South Florida. Thanks to his previous career working for the US government, Jack also speaks fluent Russian and specializes in teaching and leading Russian groups or individuals who want to learn to dive in the area. Anyone who has dived in this part of the world will know it has plenty to offer, including deep wrecks and sharks in West Palm Beach, and a world-class macro site at the famed Blue Heron Bridge, and Jack is a regular visitor to both of these locations. He also teaches underwater photography classes locally, and is a long-standing member of the South Florida Underwater Photography Society.

When he’s not diving in his home state, Jack travels often and has visited a number of destinations in the Caribbean, and further afield, to explore different underwater environments and photograph new subjects. He currently uses a Nikon D850 in an Ikelite housing, and credits much of his current knowledge and inspiration to British shooters Alex Mustard and Martin Edge, who have both written excellent books about creative underwater photography that he has studied and clearly learned from.

Don’t be surprised to see more of Jack’s work among the winners galleries of photography contests in the future.
 

Pink anemone shrimp, Curaçao
 

Yellowhead jawfish with eggs, Bonaire
 

Lookdown under the pier in South Florida, USA
 

A colorful barnacle blenny in Costa Rica
 

Candy crab pose, Bali, Indonesia
 

Tritonia nudibranch in the Florida Keys, USA
 

Grunts and porkfish under a South Florida pier, USA
 

Perfectly lit porcelain crab, South Florida, USA
 

Pink tube sponges, Curaçao
 

Phyllodesmium iriomotense nudibranch, Bali, Indonesia
 

Lettuce sea slug, Martinique
 

Favorinus mirabilis eating eggs, Bali, Indonesia
 

The Captain Dan wreck, South Florida, USA
 

Jack on his way out to take some awesome underwater images
 

See Jack’s latest images by following him on Instagram.

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Elmira Hall
Jun 8, 2020 4:09 AM
Elmira Hall wrote:
Keep up the good work, like it.
Lucy Hemen
Jul 10, 2020 2:31 AM
Lucy Hemen wrote:
nice pic
Adrien Padiolleau
Jul 13, 2020 2:45 AM
Adrien Padiolleau wrote:
Sea 2.0 ! Thanks
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