Featured Photographer | Stefan Beskow
Stefan is a teacher of mathematics and natural science, from Varberg, Sweden. He has always been fascinated by what's hiding under the surface. As a young boy, he explored the seabed close to Varberg and learned how to dive more than 25 years ago. The moment he took a camera underwater he was hooked. With his motto 'You never know - if you never go', he is still eager to make the next dive. As a photographer, he is a regular contributor to the Scandinavian dive magazine DYK and has had his articles and pictures published in several international magazines. He is also an ambassador for Exposure underwater. Southeast Asia and Indonesia, in particular, is his favourite destination. He has made several trips to Bali and Sulawesi. On his bucket list is Raja Ampat and Komodo which he hopes to go to in the not too distant future.
Stefan also teaches underwater photographers. He made two instructional films for Moderskeppet, the largest producer of educational photographic films in Scandinavia. He does workshops about underwater photography and is a proud member of Naturfotograferna, a society of nature photographers in Sweden.
Pygmy seahorse Tulamben, Bali
Mantis shrimp Blue Lagoon dive site, Bali
'Normally shy but this little fellow was in a cheerful mood, making it possible to photograph!'
Soft coral & diver Tulamben, Bali
'We swam a little bit deeper outside the wreck and found this impressive soft coral in the black lava sand.'
Yawning rhinopias Tulamben, Bali
'I was struggling to take this photo for quite some time when suddenly the rhinopias opened its mouth!'
Squid at night Marsa Alam, Egypt
'The squid was just under the surface and quite approachable. Since the surface was so calm it was possible to catch the reflection and the squid.'
Pygmy seahorse Moalboal, Philippines
'My buddy was instructed to hold a torch for background lightning and the finally the seahorse turned to face the camera for a shot.'
Goatfish Marsa Alam, Egypt
'This little school was hanging around the house reef in Marsa Nakari dive camp. Since they are used to divers they were not shy at all.'
Oceanic whitetip Elphinstone Reef, Egypt
'We were swimming away from the reef in the hope of attracting some shark to us. We were lucky indeed! After 30 minutes we were surrounded by three oceanics! At first quite shy, but after a while, they got bolder and bolder and one even bumped into me!'
Needlefish Marsa Alam, Egypt
'We were finishing our dive and noticed these needlefish hunting just beneath the surface at very shallow depth. Since there was no wind I could compose the picture with the reflections.'
Spinner dolphins Shaab Samadai reef, Egypt
'We were fortunate to have this pod of playful spinner dolphins in the water when we were snorkelling. They were hanging around for more than an hour. It's a hard work trying to capture them on camera and a fantastic experience!'
Turtle at Lekuan wall Bunaken Island, Indonesia
'The Lekuan sites at Bunaken Island must have one of the highest concentration of green turtles in the world! At a typical dive here you will encounter at least 20 turtles! A beautiful dive site!'
Two lemon goby hiding in a bottle Lembeh Strait
'We were fortunate to dive with Oppo at Bastianos resort. A truly fantastic guide. I mentioned that I would like to photograph lemon gobies in a bottle and sure enough he pointed them out for me!'
Soft coral west coast of Sweden
'When people ask me why I dive in Sweden I show them this picture. Cold water diving is so vibrant and colourful! Very different from coral reefs but just as fantastic!'
Squid at night west coast of Sweden
'At night in the autumn, it's not uncommon to see this little squid. It is normally quite deep so it can be a little bit of a struggle to photograph it.'
Ghost shark Trondheim fiord, Norway
'In the autumn the ghost shark comes more shallow to play, during night time. In some places, they are quite plentiful. A beautiful animal!'
Find Stefan on Instagram @stefanbeskow