If you want to have access to the most remote diving, without feeling like you’ve dropped off the face of the Earth, Guam is a good bet. This U.S. island territory in the middle of the Pacific serves as a launch point for marine photojournalist Tim Rock.
If you’ve ever read an article on Micronesia or picked up a Lonely Planet guide or even watched a TV program on the region, you’re likely to have already seen some of Tim’s splendid images. In fact, Tim has contributed to dozens of guides on the region’s destinations such as Chuuk-Pohnpei-Kosrae, Palau, Yap, and—of course—Guam. He has also traveled further afar to do guides such as South Africa & Mozambique, Belize, and Bali, and he is currently working on a Raja Ampat guide with Simon Pridmore that is due out very soon.
And that brings us to what makes Tim’s images so unique. Not any photographer can author and illustrate a guidebook successfully. Rather, it takes an eye for capturing photos that simultaneously inform the reader who already has a trip planned and—more importantly—urge a non-traveler to buy a ticket.
Model Yoko Higashide with a whale shark in Cenderawasih Bay, West Papua
Breaching humpback whale, Kona, Hawaii
Saltwater crocodile, Rock Islands, Palau
Manta ray at cleaning station, Yap, Micronesia
Humpback mother and calf, Ha’apai, Tonga
Model Elaine Kwok inside Senhanom Cave, Rota, Northern Mariana Islands
Collage of model Elaine Kwok doing an underwater ballet at Senhanom Cave, Rota, Northern Mariana Islands
Gray reef sharks at Vertigo Reef, Yap, Micronesia
To learn more about Tim’s work, stock images, and upcoming trips, make sure to check out his official website.
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