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!
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
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