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Photographer of the Week – Rachel Moore
By Daniel Norwood, September 17, 2022 @ 11:00 AM (EST)

A lucky diver watches on as hundreds of sharks pass by in the blue

Born and raised by the sea, Rachel Moore’s first love was the ocean, and as a young child she knew she wanted to become a diver and explore the world hidden below the surface. When she was only 15 years old, she got her first job to raise funds to pay for her open water dive certification. She would later become a PADI Divemaster and log more than 2,000 dives. In college, she studied marine biology and marine field studies, and worked for several years as a research diver for the National Park Service in the Channel Islands, becoming the youngest diver to ever receive the Blue Card certification.

In 2014, Rachel decided to leave behind a lucrative career modeling in the city and buy a boat to sail around the world with her husband Josh. Her entire life since then has been spent at sea, allowing her ample time to focus on her new passion, underwater photography. She now works behind the lens taking pictures of sharks and whales, while also modeling for other photographers interacting with these iconic animals. As an ambassador for PADI, Cressi, Sea Legacy, and Only One, she hopes to use the imagery she captures on their voyage around the world to inspire others to protect our planet and ocean.

A friendly humpback whale performing for the camera in Mo’orea, French Polynesia

A healthy coral reef thriving at more than 100 feet below the surface

A freediver explores the gin clear water in the Tuamotus Islands, French Polynesia

Two manta rays pass by in perfect unison at an uninhabited atoll in the South Pacific

A freediver exploring a healthy coral reef close to the surface

A curious baby humpback whale comes to the surface to play

Capturing images beneath the waves in French Polynesia

Sharks fill the frame in the Tuamotus Islands, French Polynesia

Humpback whale mother and calf in Mo’orea, French Polynesia

To see more of Rachel’s work and read about her adventures on board her sailboat Agape, check out her Instagram page and website.


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