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Photographer of the Week – Michel Lonfat
By Daniel Norwood, November 28, 2019 @ 05:00 PM (EST)

Mating toads, Switzerland
 

This week’s featured underwater photographer Michel Lonfat first learned to dive while visiting Papau New Guinea as a teenager way back in 1985. For years, his vacations were spent diving in exotic locations and tropical seas until one day he decided the lakes and rivers a bit closer to home may also be worth exploring.

In 1995, he took part in a special diving course in Switzerland and discovered he loved diving in fresh water just as much as he did in the ocean. By the time Michel decided to purchase an underwater camera in 2003, he was already a well-qualified and experienced diver, and it wasn’t long before he was taking great images, too.

Not many photographers have the skills or enthusiasm to explore so many different underwater environments and the result is a diverse portfolio of images containing many unique shots and unusual subjects. Michel clearly still loves to travel and take pictures of sharks and other ocean predators, but it’s his images of trout, salmon and other freshwater inhabitants that really stand out and impress me the most.

Bracing the freezing cold water and kitting up in a drysuit in the mountains is clearly worth the effort, and I love the fact that half of his portfolio features animals that most divers recognize and hope to encounter one day and the other half shows fish that we have all heard of but are more likely to encounter on our dinner plate than underwater!

The goal of Michel’s photography is to raise awareness and demonstrate that all marine environments contain beautiful subjects worthy of protection, and what better way to do that than by featuring a picture of a duck alongside a great white!
 

Pike, Switzerland
 

Wels catfish, Switzerland
 

Curious duck, Switzerland
 

Trout on the hunt, Switzerland
 

Mating tenches, Switzerland
 

Mating chum salmon, Canada
 

Sockeye salmon, Canada
 

Alligator, Florida, USA
 

Tiger shark, Bahamas
 

Hammerhead shark, Bimini, Bahamas
 

Lemon sharks, Bahamas
 

Nurse shark, Bahamas
 

White shark, Guadalupe Island, Mexico
 

Michel Lonfat
 

See more of Michel’s stunning work on his website, www.plongeur.ch, or follow him on Instagram or Facebook.

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caroline sennie
Nov 29, 2019 2:49 AM
caroline sennie wrote:
nice pic
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