Featured Photographer | Arkadii Almendieiev  

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Arkadii is an underwater photographer and dive instructor from Ukraine. As a child, he would spend hours in the rivers and lakes in his country, and, occasionally, its seas. He recalls watching Costeau documentaries every Saturday and being in awe, promising himself he would learn to dive one day.

After getting certified in 2006 in Bali, it wasn’t until a few years later Arkadii tried a rental compact camera to take underwater photographs, during a trip to Southeast Asia. Needless to say, the results did not turn out great and he quickly realised he needed to upgrade his kit. Today he rarely goes underwater without a DSLR in a housing.

Arkadii and his wife Victoria live in Asia with their son, working as dive instructors. In2015 they started and developed an award-winning dive resort on Nusa Ceningan and by 2019 they had sold half of the Ceningan resort and started Pure Dive Resort on Nusa Penida. While they manage their own dive operation, they still try to travel throughout Southeast Asia as much as they can. Indonesia remains their favourite dive destination, especially the house reef on Nusa Penida. Their diving dream is to go to the Galápagos.

Making pictures underwater, comparing the 'mental image' of what he had in his head with the results on a laptop, selecting and editing the images is what gives him a thrill. A tiny shrimp or, even better, a cephalopod of any kind can easily give him as much adrenaline on a dive as a manta train going over his head or a sunfish on a cleaning station two metres away.

To keep sane during lockdown they shore dived their house reef at slack. 

 


 

Bumphead parrotfish in the shallows
  Bumphead parrotfish in the shallows
Tulamben, Bali, Indonesia 

 

 

Clown fish close up

Clownfish closeup Philippines 

 

 

Flamboyant cuttle fish hunting

Flamboyant cuttlefish hunting Lembeh Strait, Indonesia 

 

 

Giant moray eel

Giant moray eel Toyapakeh Wall, Nusa Penida, Indonesia 

 

 

Hawksbill with 2 remoras

Hawksbill with two remoras Menjangan Island, Indonesia 

 

 

hermit crab with a decorated shell

 Hermit crab with a decorated shell Nusa Penida, Indonesia 

 

 

Mandarine fish

Mandarinfish Lembeh Strait, Indonesia 

 

 

Oceanic sunfish on a cleaning station

Oceanic sunfish on a cleaning station Bali, Indonesia 

 

 

Peacock shrimps on an anemone

Peacock shrimps on an anemone Indonesia 

 

 

Reef manta feeding

Reef manta feeding Nusa Penida, Indonesia 

 

 

Reef manta from down under

Reef manta from down under Manta Point, Nusa Penida, Indonesia 

 

 

Sepia

Sepia cuttlefish - Nusa Penida, Indonesia

 

 

 Squid with its prey

Bigfin reef squid with prey Indonesia 

 

 

Wharty frogfish

Warty frogfish Lembeh Strait, Indonesia 

 

Stargazer portartit

 Stargazer portrait Indonesia 

 

 

Clown with a background

Clownfish Perhentian Island, Malaysia 

 

 

Find Arkadii on Instagram @uwphoto.addict


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