In a clutter of nurse sharks, a single shark emerges
For over 15 years, Photographer of the Week Peter de Maagt has been diving and photographing the biodiversity in our world’s oceans—from the frigid polar regions to the tropics. Peter has been fortunate enough to be able to combine his love for shark conservation with his day job as an antenna engineer at the European Space Agency. It is there that he has worked on designing innovative shark tagging technology.
Peter believes in creating images that inspire change and promote conservation of our fragile oceans. He certainly knows his way around a camera and strobes and I think his imagery speaks for itself. The thoughtful compositions, use of creative lighting, and peak-of-the-action shots he has captured are simply lovely. This collection of images really showcases Peter's underwater photography skills—and while wrecks don’t usually excite me, I particularly like the the artistic use of lighting in that image.
When Peter isn't working, he holds lectures on underwater photography to beginners and advanced photographers and has been published in various scuba diving publications such as Duiken, Onderwater Sport, Shark Diver, Diver UK, Asian Diver, and Scuba Diving Magazine—as well as in newspapers and online publications.
The sardine run in South Africa is one of nature’s greatest events
The frigid Antarctic waters are a dream destination for adventurous divers
Raja Ampat is difficult to beat in terms of the dazzling pristine reef with its visual overload of corals
The secretary blenny, one of Peter’s favorite photographic subjects
Endemic to the waters of Tasmania, weedy seadragons are closely related to seahorses
Bimini, Bahamas is one of the few places you can get up close and personal with great hammerheads
This jellyfish was shot against a black background in order to show its beautiful shape
A cargo bay on the Kittiwake wreck in Cayman offers the opportunity to take an underwater “split shot”
At Tubbataha—a protected area of the Philippines—one can encounter schooling bigeye jack
A great hammerhead emerges from the dark showing off its iconic protrusion
Peter de Maagt and a saltwater crocodile