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Photographer of the Week – Jade Hoksbergen
By Andrew Marriott, October 24, 2019 @ 06:00 AM (EST)

Ribbon eel in pink, Malé Atoll, Maldives

Very few underwater photographers would be recognized on sight, but if you are a connoisseur of dive magazines, then you will likely have seen Jade Hoksbergen. Jade is a very well-known model, and she has graced magazine covers and marketing images. Being an underwater model is not something that most of us could do, but this is not what is most impressive about Jade. No, it is her skill as a photographer that blows people away!

Growing up around Cebu in the Philippines, Jade has been able to hone her craft in some of the best dive sites on the planet. While she has many well-known shots, it is her creative work with little critters that stands out. She is not content to take well-framed shots. Jade constantly pushes the technical abilities of her camera and lights in an effort to come up with new and creative ways to shoot favorite subjects.

Jade is the kind of person that will constantly surprise you the more you get to know her. It turns out that she is not only a fantastic underwater model, world-class photographer, and all-around great person—she is also skillful with the pen, or keyboard as it may be these days. Jade is the co-author, with her husband Henley Spiers, of the forthcoming Let’s Go Dive Guide to Cebu, an extensive dive guide that features her home of Cebu and the surrounding islands. Be sure to check out this soon-to-be-released book, where you can appreciate her writing skills and photography. Oh, and yes, that is her shot on the cover!

This week I’m proud to introduce talented underwater photographer Jade Hoksbergen!

Yellow boxfish in motion, Malapascua, Cebu, Philippines

Pygmy yellow goby in San Miguel beer bottle, Anilao, Philippines

Anthia at the disco, Mactan, Cebu, Philippines

Anemonefish in anemone, Santander, Cebu, Philippines

Yellowline arrow crab in barrel sponge, Saint Lucia, West Indies, Caribbean

A top-down view of a map pufferfish, Cebu, Philippines

Idiomysis harem, Cebu, Philippines

Goby in motion, Cebu, Philippines

Red banner blenny on the lookout, Saint Lucia, West Indies, Caribbean

Bargibanti pgymy seahorse on fan coral, Misool, Southern Raja Ampat, Indonesia

Flatworm in the night, Moalboal, Cebu, Philippines

Larval tube anemone in the night, Anilao, Philippines

A pair of pygmy yellow gobies, Seraya, Bali, Indonesia

Hawkfish hiding in the pink, Cebu, Philippines

Jade Hoksbergen

For more of Jade’s exceptional images, check out her website, www.jadehoksbergen.com, or follow her work on Instagram. Also, be sure to check out Jade’s husband Henley Spiers’ forthcoming guidebook to Cebu (part of the Let’s Go Dive Series), which promises to be packed with useful information and spectacular images.


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