“Making Waves”: A windy day at Grand Cayman’s Stingray City sandbar made for some great opportunities with waves and rays
The more we give, the more we get. You can ask Jim Catlin: Donating his time as a volunteer on a marine research expedition to Fiji in 2000 led to a full-time career in underwater and lifestyle photography.
It was a long journey for Jim, with stops earning his MSc degree in marine science by studying bumphead parrotfish, working for NGOs in the Caribbean and Egypt, and as a pro shooter in Thailand. His final—and current—destination is Grand Cayman, where he has built up an impressive portfolio and awards list.
You’ve probably seen his images in large publications such as Diver magazine, The Telegraph and The Sun. Frequent flyers to the Cayman Islands have seen his articles in the Cayman Airways Magazine. Accolades include recognition by Ocean Art, Outdoor Photographer of the Year and Underwater Photographer of the Year competitions. His short film Dive Into the Dark also received a nomination from the 2017 Cayman Islands International Film Festival (Cayfilm). Currently, he has pivoted to real estate and aerial photography as part of his work for Deep Blue Images.
“Arrow Eyes”: The eyes of an arrow head crab stand out against an orange sponge. Jim captured the image with a wide aperture to create the shallow depth of field so that only the eyes remained in focus
“Crystal Clear”: Taken in the Sea of Cortez on an unusually clear day, this image shows a diver photographing the rock formation rising above the water
“Fairy Basslet on Yellow”: A grumpy-looking fairy basslet in front of a yellow sponge
“Flying”: A hawksbill turtle cruises through the shallows at Cemetery Reef, Grand Cayman
“Golden Embrace”: A macro image of a gorgonian sea plume taken using a snoot
“Join the Dots”: A whale shark photographed in the water off Island Mujeres, Mexico. The image was taken from above and converted to black and white to show off the incredible spots
“Light Extraordinary”: A diver hovers in the 100-foot light beam at “The Pit” Cenote in Mexico
“Stingray Sunrise”: An early morning sunrise session at Stingray City sandbar
“Sea Lion Silhouette”: A sea lion basks in the sunny shallows in the Sea of Cortez
“Whale Shark Sunburst”: A freediver swims alongside this majestic giant in Isla Mujeres, Mexico, silhouetted against the midday sun
Jim Catlin currently works at Deep Blue Images in Grand Cayman
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