Scalloped hammerhead shark, Galápagos Islands, Ecuador
If you can bring yourself to quickly scroll down, past the awesome images in this portfolio, you’ll reach a photo that tells you most of what you need to know about our Photographer of the Week, Michael Gallagher: Here is a talented shooter with an infectious passion for exploring the underwater world—which has clearly already got his young daughter, Eli, hooked.
Born in Australia, in a small country town, Michael grew up with no shortage of land-dwelling creatures for company—rainbow lorikeets, green tree frogs, wandering echidnas, and (gulp!) redback spiders—but his fascination for the sea came from exploring beaches, rock pools, and grassy sand dunes during family seaside holidays. By the time he’d hit the age of 17, he was scuba certified and fully committed to his new hobby.
London-based for the last 20 years, Michael has racked up a substantial number of air miles over the years visiting some of the planet’s most envy-inducing dive destinations—Costa Rica, the Galápagos, South Africa, Seychelles, Maldives, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, among many others—and steadily amassed a fabulous collection of images (both above and below the waterline), just some of which you can enjoy here. From in-your-face big fish portraits to intimate studies of the smallest, most-delicate critters, Michael has captured his animal subjects in all their glory.
It’s this beauty that Michael hopes to continue sharing with his 10-year-old dive buddy: “I have been fortunate in my lifetime to be able to marvel at so many of the Earth’s natural wonders,” he says. “I only hope that when my beautiful daughter Eliane grows up, she will be able to do the same.”
French angelfish, Salt Pier, Bonaire
Powder-blue surgeonfish, Ari Atoll, Maldives
Pink anemonefish, Ngemelis, Palau
Hairy frogfish, Lembeh, Indonesia
Weedy seadragon, Sydney, Australia
Giant moray eel, Red Sea, Egypt
Gray seal, Lundy Island, England
Green sea turtle, Byron Bay, Australia
Stingray, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
Thresher shark, Malapascua, Philippines
Whale shark, Daymaniyat Islands, Oman
Brown booby, Socorro Islands, Mexico
Sargassum fish, Lembeh, Indonesia
Harlequin shrimp, Lembeh, Indonesia
Michael with daughter Eli
For more of Michael’s stunning images, check out his website, www.abovebelowbeyondimages.com.