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Photographer of the Week – Jørgen Rasmussen
By Matt Sullivan, February 3, 2023 @ 05:00 AM (EST)

Humpback whale mother, calf and escort, Tonga

Hailing from Denmark, our latest Photographer of the Week has a portfolio that takes us from the tiny, weird world of blackwater diving, all the way to the opposite end of the spectrum with the apex predator of the frigid Antarctic. Jørgen Rasmussen’s first experience with scuba diving was on the world-famous Great Barrier Reef. There, he got certified, became a divemaster, and shortly after acquired his first underwater camera. And as with so many others who followed a similar path, underwater image-making became his passion.

Jørgen says that it is only a privileged few of us that get to experience the underwater world firsthand and as such, it is our duty as photographers and ambassadors for the natural world to help foster an appreciation for the oceans on a larger scale. His portfolio does an exceptional job of this. Intimate looks at sharks, blanket octopuses and leopard seals give the viewer pictures to keep coming back to. Jørgen’s approach to macro photography is one of patient, quiet, and in-depth observation of behaviors and interesting moments to capture compelling images. When it comes to big animals, he prefers to ditch the scuba gear altogether and freedive instead. This has become a trend in recent years, with many of the most spectacular big animal photography being done with only a mask, snorkel, and fins. 

Since picking up that first underwater camera, Jørgen’s imagery has come a long way, and he has now been recognized internationally in several major photo competitions as well as being a photographer-in-residence at Ocean Geographic. His current rig consists of a Nikon D850, and the two lenses most featured in this portfolio are the Nikon 60mm and the venerable Nikonos 13mm RS. These days, Jørgen splits his time between Singapore and Australia. When Down Under, he can often be found exploring the coast in his custom-built catamaran.

Female blanket octopus, Philippines

Atlantic spotted dolphins, The Bahamas

Male paper nautilus hitchhiking on jellyfish, Philippines

Whale shark sunburst, Indonesia

Leopard seal showing off its 900lb frame, Antarctica

Juvenile diamond squid displaying its vivid colors, Philippines

Striped marlin POV, Mexico

Squid scores a meal, Philippines

Humpback whale calf and freediver Amber Bourke, Tonga

Leopard seal showing off its impressive jaws, Antarctica

Sailfish grabbing sardine snacks, Mexico

Moray or ribbon eel larva, Philippines

Jørgen Rasmussen

To see more of Jørgen’s excellent images, check out his Instagram page or website www.jorgenrasmussen.com.



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