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Jurgen Freund


United States
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Lured by the challenge of marine wildlife photography, Jurgen Freund acquired an underwater camera even before learning how to scuba-dive in 1981 in the cold lakes of Germany. He answered \"the call of the sea\" and became a full-time international freelance marine photographer in 1995. Jurgen travels all over the world, taking acclaimed pictures published in numerous international magazines and exhibitions worldwide. A storyteller at heart, Jurgen likes showing photo stories about animals and people, working slow and letting nature or events unfold and capturing these in its natural manner. His engineering background comes in handy whenever he has to make his own lenses & photo equipment to suit his needs when there are none available in the market. He is innovative in his photographic style and counts a lot in his engineering abilities to answer creative requirements. A constant for him is change as he now ventures into land and marine photography using panoramic format cameras - making underwater housings himself. After years of wandering, Yogi has finally found a home base in Australia and now lives in North Queensland with his wife, Stella. He works closely with World Wide Fund for Nature, and the organization uses his photographs in many of its conservation campaigns.

What I look for in a Dive Operator:
I look for experience & knowledge of the skipper and crew in the area. Important is the company being environmentally conscious and respectful of the sea and if there is research and science involved with the liveaboard, then my photographic output will be much better.

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