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Photographer of the Week – Katherine Lu
By Daniel Norwood, September 3, 2021 @ 06:00 AM (EST)

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 Lu

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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