Rhinopias, Ambon, Indonesia
Katherine is an American underwater photographer from Northern Virginia who is of Taiwanese descent. She started her diving journey more than two decades ago after receiving her Open Water certification in 1996, and since then has traveled to over 60 different countries.
Currently residing in Singapore—in close proximity to the Coral Triangle—she bought her first camera in 2014 to show friends and family the world beneath the sea. She soon developed a passion for underwater macro photography and spent many hours underwater in the Philippines and Indonesia taking pictures of psychedelic nudibranchs, cephalopods and other colorful critters. She also loves photographing sharks and other large pelagic animals when the travel opportunities arise, and her portfolio features some excellent shark images from the Bahamas to complement her macro work.
Completely self-taught, Katherine enjoys creating artistic expressions and visual stories that capture the beauty of the ocean, its inhabitants and fragility of ecosystems. Awareness and education are key to preserving and protecting the oceans, and she hopes her images can contribute in some way towards that goal.
Lemon sharks, Bahamas
Blue spotted stingray, Singapore
Hairy frogfish, Lembeh, Indonesia
Blanket octopus, Anilao, Philippines
Goby, Raja Ampat, Indonesia
Sleeping lemon shark, Bahamas
Shrimp on pyrosome, Anilao, Philippines
Santa Claus Denise’s pygmy seahorse, Raja Ampat, Indonesia
Juvenile fish hiding in a jelly, Anilao, Philippines
Whip goby, Singapore
Juvenile red-faced batfish, Anilao, Philippines
A huge school of sweetlips, Raja Ampat, Indonesia
Squid with ink, Anilao, Philippines
Tiger shark, Bahamas
Paper nautilus riding on a jellyfish, Anilao, Philippines
Cyerce nigricans nudibranch, Taiwan
Katherine has won international awards for her images and has been featured in both print and online magazines. Check out more of her work on Instagram and her website, www.katherineluphotography.com.
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