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Featured Photographer | Charlie Sangchul Hwang

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I am an underwater photographer based in Seoul, Korea and mostly dive in Korea, esp. East sea and Southeast Asia such as Philippines, Thailand and Palau. I just started my diving only 7 years ago but I have dived over 1,000 times for about 7 years. Now I am a technical diver and an instructor with over 40 certificates for diving including commercial diving. Only several years ago I had a basic interest in underwater photography. But I needed to study by myself with some books of Martin Edge and Alex Mustard and websites because there is no proper underwater photography instructors for me in Korea.  Even though I just have very short experience for underwater photography, I have studied landscape photography for more than 20 years with film cameras since I was a college student. It was very helpful to develop my underwater photography skills in a short time. The reason why I've started underwater photography was to show this fascinating underworld to others and let them to think to protect this amazing and important environment. Ocean Environment protection is my major interest too.


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Jackfish - Sumilon, Philippines


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Dancing Octopus - Gosung, Gangwon-do, Korea


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Pink Anemone Fish  - Bohol, Philippines  


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Banded Sea Snake - Bohol, Philippines



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Under the Table Coral  - Tubbataha Reef, Philippines


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Barrel Sponges and a Diver - Tubbataha Reef, Philippines


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Big Eyes - Similans, Thailand


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Lighting Jellies - Jellyfish lake, Palau


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Uprising lights - Rota hole, Rota


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Natural beauty(Sponges and Corals) - Tubbataha Reef, Philippines 


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Jackfish schooling - Tubbataha Reef, Philippines


Find Charlie on Instagram @joyscuba  

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