A gray reef shark catches a parrotfish, Fakarava Atoll, French Polynesia
Now more than ever, our ability as underwater photographers to bring the magic and brilliance of the oceans to the terrestrial world is of paramount importance. Our oceans are in trouble, and it’s images like Photographer of the Week Vincent Truchet’s that truly engage the imagination and inspire the next generation to protect our oceans. The French photographer has documented some of our ocean’s most precious treasures and has done so in a way that perfectly communicates the splendor of our seas.
Vincent has been shooting underwater since 2006, and focuses most of his underwater work in the waters surrounding French Polynesia, where he has been based since 2010. His affinity for photography was formed at an early age from his father’s passion for wildlife photography. Vincent’s images have been widely published, and have led to various awards and assignments—even gracing the Polynesian postage stamp! Vincent is also the co-founder of Mokarran, a clothing line for ocean lovers—and also the scientific name for the great hammerhead shark. Whatever the medium, Vincent’s images are helping to spread a greater appreciation for our oceans at a time when so much is at stake.
Blacktip shark, Tikehau Atoll, French Polynesia
Spotted eagle ray aggregation, Rangiroa Atoll, French Polynesia
Freediver and humpback whale, Tahiti, French Polynesia
Fighting anthias, Alor archipelago, Indonesia
A blacktip shark cruises overhead, Fakarava Atoll, French Polynesia
Spinner and bottlenose dolphins, Fakarava Atoll, French Polynesia
A Napoleon wrasse eating a surgeonfish, Fakarava Atoll, French Polynesia
A clownfish tends to its eggs, Raja Ampat, Indonesia
Gray reef sharks on the hunt, Fakarava Atoll, French Polynesia
A mantis shrimp, Bali, Indonesia
A juvenile green sea turtle comes up for air, Tikehau Atoll, French Polynesia
To see more of Vincent’s work, head over to his website, www.vincent-truchet.com.