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Featured Photographer | Pavel Chistyakov

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My name is Pavel Chistyakov. I started my career as an aerospace engineer - I always dreamt about space and travelling among the stars. But suddenly I discovered a completely alien universe just a few meters under my feet. When I started diving, I found the real beauty of the world - untouched and wild, strong and fragile, but at the same time pure and beautiful – virgin nature. It was a crime to leave my camera on the surface.

Previously, I was a studio and concert photographer; now I use this experience to create a portfolio of underwater creatures in the frame of my project “”. It encompasses every encounter with any underwater creature but is also a blog where people from all over the world can discover unknown facts about marine life.
My first dives took place in Qatar. The abundance and diversity of small living creatures, as well as generally low visibility on the local sites started my passion for macro photography. I now live in Mexico, and my wife Ekaterina shares my love to discover and capture the beauty of the world. We have built a strong buddy couple, and I’m proud to become an underwater photography teacher for the most important person in my life.



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Roughhead Blenny Acanthemblemaria aspera, Mexico


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Sea Urchin - Qatar.


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Honeycomb Cowfish Acanthostracion polygonius, Mexico


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 Aeolid Nudibranch Flabellina rubrolineata, Qatar



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Luther's Prawn-goby Cryptocentrus lutheri, Qatar


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Arrowtooth Lizardfish Synodus doaki, Mexico


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Octopus - Mexico 


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Tambja Abdere - Mexico


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Lizardfish - Qatar 


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Bearded Fireworm Hermodice carunculata, Mexico 


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Gulf Blenny - Qatar 


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