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Photographer of the Week – Chris Doherty
By Daniel Norwood, June 25, 2021 @ 06:00 AM (EST)

Striped marlin, Baja, Mexico
 

Many of us travel to specific destinations to capture images of sharks, whales and other iconic marine life, and this week’s featured photographer Chris Doherty has taken pictures of these animals and many more during his successful career as an award-winning and widely published underwater photographer.

Chris’s obsession with the ocean began when he was a young child and his family took a road trip all the way from Southern Illinois to the beaches in Florida. When he returned home to the corn fields, he would often daydream about being back close to the water, and after graduating college he decided to make his dreams come true by moving to the US Virgin Islands, where he began his career as a diver and underwater photographer. After spending time in the British Virgin Islands and then Hawaii, he eventually returned to where it all started and now lives in Jupiter, Florida.

As you can see, Chris has submitted an awesome selection of wide-angle images, one of the most diverse we have featured on DPG for some time. Every image features a famous marine creature making close eye contact with the camera, something that immediately engages the viewer and makes them feel part of the encounter. Chris also demonstrates great technical ability with split shots and camera pans that work perfectly on their chosen subjects.

With such an array of excellent images on display, it is hard to pick a favorite, but the beluga whales portrait stands out thanks to its stunning composition and special subject. I love the fact that the whales are clearly checking out Chris as he takes their photograph, and their inquisitive expressions demonstrate how awesome it must be to come face to face with such a rare and unique creature.
 

Beluga whales, Churchhill, Canada
 

Humpback whales, Niue, South Pacific
 

Tiger shark starry night, Bahamas
 

Green turtle split shot, Hawaii
 

Nemo portrait, Great Barrier Reef, Australia
 

Reef shark pan, Bahamas
 

Leafy seadragon, South Australia
 

Southern stingray split, Cayman Islands
 

Cuttlefish portrait, Philippines
 

Orca in the shallows, Norway
 

Thresher shark, Malapascua, Philippines
 

Whale shark, Isla Mujeres, Mexico
 

Stormy lemon shark split, Bahamas
 

Colorful coral reef, Fiji
 

Driven by his determination to protect the underwater world, Chris has made it his mission to capture the beauty of the ocean and believes it is his job to help educate others and use his images to inspire them to make change. You can see more of his awesome work on his website, www.dohertyphotography.com.

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