Featured Photographer | James Matthews

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James is a 22-year-old divemaster currently based in the UK. Some of his earliest underwater memories are with his dad as they would snorkel and explore the seas together. r. After qualifying as a diver when he was 12, he went on to study molecular biology at university and realised diving was his passion. Since then James has volunteered as a marine research assistant and divemaster with Operation Wallacea in Cuba, twice in Indonesia, and has worked at its site on Hoga Island in Wakatobi. Having spent time in Indonesia it quickly became his favourite place to dive, with the reefs in Wakatobi and Komodo being his favourite dive sites. 

Using a relatively simple set up, James started shooting with an IPhone X in a housing, but quickly wanted more creative freedom. He has since upgraded to a Canon G7XII in a Fantasea Housing, using various lenses.  Nudibranchs remain one of his favourite things to shoot. 

Aegires villosusNorse god Nudibranch Aegires villosus. Lembeh, Indonesia


Amphiprion ocellaris

False clownfish Wakatobi, Indonesia


Bigfin Reef Squid

Bigfin reef squid Lembeh, Indonesia


Broadclub cuttlefish

Broadclub cuttlefish Komodo, Indonesia 


Crocodile Fish

Crocodilefish Wakatobi, Indonesia 


Doto oken

Doto nudibranch Lembeh, Indonesia 


Pterois antennata

Spotfin lionfish Bali, Indonesia


Juvenile Hypselodoris iacula

Dorid nudibranch hypselodoris iacula. Komodo, Indonesia


Fluoro Red Nembrotha

Nembrotha nudibranch Lembeh, Indonesia  



Flabellina rubrolineata


Aeolid nudibranch Lembeh, Indonesia 


Stiliger sp 8 sacoglossa

Sarcoglossan sea slug  Lembeh, Indonesia 


Phyllodesmium sp

Phyllodesmium nudibranch Lembeh, Indonesia


Cute Broadclub Cuttlefish

Broadclub cuttlefish Komodo, Indonesia 


Hippocampus bhargibanti x2

Pygmy seahorse Lembeh, Indonesia


Juvenile Porcelain

Juvenile porcelain crab Lembeh, Indonesia 


Pteraeolidia ianthia

Pteraeolidia ianthina Lembeh, Indonesia 



Find James on Instagram@matthews_uw


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