Featured Photographer | Jim Catlin   

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I first became interested in marine photography over 18 years ago when working as a volunteer on a marine expedition to Fiji, over the last decade this passion has grown into a profession. 

After completing an MSc in marine science in 2008 studying the endangered bumphead parrotfish, I worked in the Caribbean and Egypt for various marine conservation NGOs, carrying out marine surveys and training graduates and volunteers in marine flora and fauna identification. I soon began taking photos for ID purposes and in 2010, I set up www.freeunderwaterimages.com, a website promoting marine awareness and conservation through photography. 

My introduction to professional underwater photography came in Thailand in 2012 working the dive and liveaboard boats on Koh Lipe. From 2013 I spent six years working as a photographer and photography instructor in the Cayman Islands. The majority of this time at Cathy Church's Photo Centre learning from one of the pioneers of underwater photography as well as honing my skills as a real estate photographer and drone pilot. After recently becoming a father I returned to the UK earlier this year.




A struggle of two worlds

A Struggle of Two Worlds  - Green turtles mating in the shallow seas off Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman


Arrow Eyes

Arrow Eyes - The eyes of an arrowhead crabagainst an orange sponge. Shots with a wide aperture to create the shallow depth of field and capture only the eyes in focus


Gaudy clown crab

 Gaudy Clown Crab - A colourful gaudy clown crab clings to the edge of a vase sponge


Golden embrace

Golden Embrace - a gorgonian sea plume in a macro shot using a snoot


Fairy Basslet on yellow

Fairy Basslet on Yellow - A grumpy looking fairy basslet shot in front of a yellow sponge


Making waves

Making Waves - A windy day at Grand Cayman's Sting Ray City sandbar made for some great opportunities with waves and rays




Mantis - The elusive and colourful Havana mantis shrimp.


Mayan Skies                                                                  

Mayan Skies - Swimming in a Mexican jungle cenote


Nassua grouper in wreck

 Nassau Grouper in a Wreck - A Nassau grouper being cleaned inside the wreck on the Oro Verde, Grand Cayman



Open Wide

 Open Wide - Feeding whale shark, Isla Mujeres, Mexico



Flamingo perspective

 Flamingo Perspective - A close-focus wide-angle shot of a flamingo tongue sea snail


Sarah and the Starfish

 Sarah and the Starfish - Sunset starfish at Starfish Point, Grand Cayman



White spotted anemone shrimp

 White Spotted Shrimp - A white-spotted shrimp hides in a purple-tipped anemone



Lumo feathers

 Lumo Feathers - Social feather dusters photographed using a green backdrop



Whale Shark Sunburst

.Whale Shark Sunburst - A free diver swims alongside a feeding whale shark, Isla Mujeres, Mexico


Find Jim on Instagram @jimcatlinphotography or on his website @ Jimcatlinphotography.com


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