A blenny photographed off the northeastern tip of Long Dong, Taiwan
It may seem obvious, but a sure-fire way to produce an interesting portfolio of underwater images is to visit some of the world’s most famous dive destinations, and our latest Photographer of the week Yen-Yi Lee has most certainly done his fair share of traveling with a camera. Australia, Palau, the Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia are just a handful of the locations that feature on Yen’s gallery page, and the end result is a colorful collection of coral reef scenes and iconic marine megafauna that have won him a variety of awards and recognition in international underwater photography contests.
Looking through Yen-Yi’s favorites, it is clear that he prefers wide-angle work. I personally like his images that feature divers, as they give a sense of scale to the fish and corals and make you wish you were underwater with him. There are also a number of well-executed over-unders, which help non-divers to realize that some of the most fascinating creatures in our oceans are not always as far away from the surface as they might think.
As well as admiring the following images, I would suggest taking the time to head over to Yen-Yi’s website, where you can discover hundreds more pictures of marine life from all over the globe. Sharks, whales, rays, sea lions or manatees—name an underwater critter and it is highly likely Yen-Yi has taken a great photograph of it!
A barracuda cyclone swirls around a diver, Big Fish Country, Maratua, Indonesia
Cabbage coral adorns Ulong Channel in Palau
An Australian sea lion completes the perfect composition, Hopkins Island, South Australia
A humpback whale mother and calf cruise through the blue off Réunion Island
A freediver interacts with Moalboal’s huge sardine schools, Cebu, Philippines
The photogenic “Jake” seaplane off Koror, Palau
Color bursts forth in the mangroves of Raja Ampat, Indonesia
A group of snapper strike a pose among the corals, Raja Ampat, Indonesia
The namesake fish of Grand Cayman’s “Stingray City” position themselves for a sublime over-under
The enigmatic thresher shark makes an appearance off Malapascua Island in the Philippines
Fish gather in vast numbers at Summer Bay, Lang Tengah Island, Malaysia
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