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Photographer of the Week – Jacob Guy
By Matthew Sullivan, February 16, 2023 @ 06:00 AM (EST)

Lemon goby sitting on the mouth of a bottle, Lembeh Strait, Indonesia

Our newest Photographer of the Week is Jacob Guy. Jacob is a 22-year-old photographer and filmmaker who grew up near the water on the south coast of the United Kingdom. Since a young age, he was always in or on the ocean. Jacob began shooting pictures during his teenage years, but it was not underwater photography that came first. It was a big passion for surf photography that started it all. A passion for capturing images of the natural world followed next.

Jacob actually has a degree in Marine and Natural History Photography and Film, and it was this schooling that introduced him to the underwater world. Since having some early success in the youth category of the British Wildlife Photography Awards, he has continued to develop a passion and talent for capturing compelling images of marine life. He has since been able to work as the underwater camera operator on several conservation documentaries in the UK, mostly concerning kelp forests, kelp farms, and protected marine areas throughout the country.

Jacob now has a job that we wager many of us would love to have! Several years ago, he interned at the world famous Lembeh Resort in North Sulawesi, Indonesia, and has since returned to work there as the photo pro and video specialist. His portfolio here shows off the spectacular diversity of Lembeh’s critters. Jacob is now focusing on his videography work with the goal of a full-time career in underwater natural history filmmaking. There aren’t many places on Earth better to pursue that goal and hone underwater imagery skills than one of the muck diving capitals of the world, Lembeh. Jacob hopes, as many of us do, to be able to produce pictures and films that will promote conservation and protection of our oceans and its inhabitants.

A diminutive flamboyant cuttlefish developing inside the egg, Lembeh Strait, Indonesia

A giant frogfish yawning, Lembeh Strait, Indonesia

High key image of a juvenile ribbon eel, Lembeh Strait, Indonesia

A pregnant ornate ghost pipefish backlit with colored light, Lembeh Strait, Indonesia

An octopus photographed with fluorescent light, Lembeh Strait, Indonesia

A dreamy anemonefish, photographed with slow shutter, Lembeh Strait, Indonesia

Blue-ringed octopus going for a stroll, Lembeh Strait, Indonesia

Eye contact with a pygmy seahorse, Lembeh Strait, Indonesia

A small nudibranch crawling over the eggs of another species, Lembeh Strait, Indonesia

One of the critters that put Lembeh on the map, the mimic octopus, Lembeh Strait, Indonesia

The world’s cutest nudibranch, Shawn the Sheep, Lembeh Strait, Indonesia

Thorny seahorse shutter drag, Lembeh Strait, Indonesia

Portrait of a broadclub cuttlefish, Lembeh Strait, Indonesia

Coconut octopus taking its home for a walk, Lembeh Strait, Indonesia

To see more of Jacob’s photography and film work, please visit his Instagram page or check out his website.


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