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Photographer of the Week – Beth Watson
By Joseph Tepper, April 5, 2018 @ 06:00 AM (EST)

Batfish in the Mangroves, Raja Ampat, Indonesia

Call her the Star of the Sphere, the Ruler of the Round, or the Overseer of the Oval—Beth Watson’s stunning images taken with a circular fisheye lens have transformed the way we look at, and photograph, underwater landscapes.

True, Beth’s most iconic images—and certainly those who have won her prestigious awards—highlight her wide-angle passion. But it’s her drive to constantly try to push the boundaries that makes her images refreshing. Beth has been known to stay up all night and tinker with different light filters, homemade snoots, and other optical accessories—all in pursuit of the perfect picture.

Such images have appeared in almost every format, from magazines and books to art exhibitions and even postcards. Recently, she has added another title to her impressive resume: judge. Beth has begun judging and presenting at prestigious dive events and underwater photo shootouts around the world, presumably in the hopes that her creativity is contagious. We think it is. 

Reef scene off Komodo, Indonesia, shot with the 8–15mm fisheye at 8mm

Chain moray eel, Bonaire

Mantis shrimp, Puerto Galera, Philippines

Schooling fusiliers, Raja Ampat, Indonesia

Frogfish, Anilao, Philippines

Anemonefish in its host anemone, Dumaguete, Philippines

Spinyhead blenny, Bonaire

Needlefish, Anilao, Philippines

Backlit seahorse, Puerto Galera, Philippines

Whip coral and juvenile fish, Lembeh, Indonesia

Blue-ring octopus, Lembeh, Indonesia

Buttercup coral, Puerto Galera, Philippines

Diver dwarfed by Sardines, Moalboal, Philippines, shot with the 8–15mm fisheye at 8mm

Beth Watson

Catch more of Beth’s stunning pictures on her website, www.bethwatsonimages.com.


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