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Photographer of the Week – Tom Cannon
By Daniel Norwood, June 10, 2022 @ 06:00 AM (EST)

Two large female manta rays cross paths, Coral Bay, Western Australia

Tom Cannon is an underwater photographer, company director and content creator based on the Ningaloo Reef in Western Australia. He has been working in the tourism industry for over eight years both as a professional photographer and tour guide, and has quickly progressed from shooting the natural world that he loves as a hobby, to being recognized internationally for his images of marine megafauna above and below the surface.

Tom grew up on the south coast of England in the seaside town of Shoreham, and emigrated to Melbourne, Australia at a young age. After completing his divemaster certification in 2013, he soon landed his dream job working as a photographer on the Ningaloo Reef. His work is predominantly wide-angle images of big animals, and includes excellent shots of whale sharks, humpback whales, manta rays, and sea lions. He also mixes is a few nice topside images, concluding a great portfolio and showcase of some of Western Australia’s most iconic marine life.

Tom’s passion for the underwater world and his concern for its future led him to found the conservation movement Protect What You Love in 2017. The goal of the project is to help raise awareness and connect like-minded individuals on their quest to protect endangered wildlife. Later this year, he will act as the expedition leader on special photography safaris on the Ningaloo Reef, as well as traveling to South Africa to shoot the “sardine run” and the country’s many famous shark species. In his relatively short career so far, Tom has enjoyed working as a content creator for several companies, including Cressi, Tourism Australia, Western Australia Tourism, The Times, The Daily Mirror, The Sun, Inspired Ventures, Ningaloo Reef Dive and Ningaloo Coral Bay Boats.

Humpback whale flyby, Coral Bay, Western Australia

Whale shark over-under, Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia

Sea lion pup playing with kelp, Jurien Bay, Western Australia

Whale shark and pilot fish, Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia

Flying fish, Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia

Young loggerhead sea turtle, Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia

Whale shark swimming through a baitball, Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia

The Ningaloo Reef from the sky, Western Australia

Humpback whale breach, Coral Bay, Western Australia

Lion’s mane jellyfish, Coral Bay, Western Australia

Sea lion eating octopus, Jurien Bay, Western Australia

Whale shark feeding frenzy, Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia

Tom Cannon

To see more of Tom’s work or learn more about his future dive expeditions, check out his website and conservation project Protect What You Love.


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