Snoot-lit skunk anemonefish with parasite and host anemone, Komodo National Park, Indonesia
For the last 20 years, Photographer of the Week Martyn Guess has extensively traveled the globe with his underwater camera gear in tow—continuously learning and perfecting his craft. Throughout his saturated journey, Martyn has experimented with a Nikonas V film camera and has had several well-renowned underwater photography mentors, such as Martin Edge, Cathy Church, and Alex Mustard—from whom he credits for having learnt a great deal.
A perfectionist at his core, Martyn strives for precision in every image he creates. Whether through backlighting his subjects or accentuating them with a snoot, his watery captures are the quintessential illustration of what my mind imagines when it drifts off to the sea—radiant, enthralling, fragile beauty.
Martyn’s skills transfer viewers into a marvelous dimension full of creatures most people don’t know exist and remind us of the magic that still exists in the world. His unrelenting effort to create each thoughtful work of art makes him a real friend of the ocean. He is truly someone to emulate. Having received many awards and recognition for his underwater photography, today Martyn runs travel workshops in some enviable dive locations.
After winning a battle for a mate, this common octopus reaches out to start the mating process, The Barge, Red Sea, Egypt
Backlit moray eel, Raja Ampat, Indonesia
Mantis shrimp with eggs a day before they hatched, Seraya Secrets, Bali, Indonesia
Backlit weedy Rhinopias with a tiny bit of front lighting, Bethlehem, Anilao, Philippines
Backlit hedgehog seahorse with a small amount of front light, Dauin, Philippines
Shortly after a storm at dusk, a great hammerhead comes out of the gloom, Bimini, Bahamas
Vibrant sea fans at Amed, Jabuluk Bay, Bali, Indonesia
Durban dancing shrimp aka hinge-beak shrimp in the snoot light, Seraya, Bali, Indonesia
Mating mandarinfish emerge from the coral rubble, hovering for a few seconds belly to belly, before releasing the fertilized eggs, Dumaguete, Philippines
Caribbean reef shark shot in the late afternoon with slow shutter speed whilst panning, Nassau, Bahamas