Featured Photographer | Akira Nanjo 

Featured Photographer Akira Nanjo

 


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My name is Akira Nanjo. I am an underwater photographer who lives in Okinawa Japan. 
Since I was a young boy I have been in love with nature. I vividly remember pouring over the World Picture Book thinking about the different countries I could visit when I got older.

In 1992 I joined the Taiko Arts Group (KODO) and visited 24 countries in 12 years, travelling around the world to connect with people through music. When I visited Miyako Island, Okinawa in 1997, I was captivated by the rich colours of the coral that spread out under the sea. Later, when I dived in Sado Island, Japan, for the first time, I felt that my body was flying in an endless transparent expanse slowly blending into the blue of the ocean. It was a turning point for me, afterwards, I was determined to start diving in earnest.

The environment of Okinawa fascinates me, one so blessed by both sea and nature that it demands to be shared with the world. I moved to Okinawa to get my instructor’s qualification and to study underwater photography. After I got the certification, I started working for a diving shop as an underwater guide. I gave lectures on diving and sold cameras. Throughout these activities, I told people how wonderful underwater photography is.

While I was an instructor there for eight years, I was able to dive and take photos of wonderful underwater creatures in the Kerama Islands (Okinawa), Lembe (Indonesia), Bohol, Bali Kasag (Philippines), Simiran (Thailand), and North Male Atoll (Maldives). From starting underwater photography, I have gained experience in using a single-lens reflex camera, wide, macro, semi-water surface, and movie shooting. Currently, I use the OLYMPUS OM-D E-M1 Mark II as my main camera, with the M.Z.D ED 8mm F1.8 Fisheye PRO for wide, and the M.Z.D ED 60mm F2.8 Macro lens for macro. I also shoot macros and movies with the underwater light RGBlue SYSTEM 02,03. Whenever I shoot, I try to express the rich colours, expressions, and movements of the sea animals while taking care to maintain the beauty of the blue ocean.

In 2021, I started working as a freelance underwater photographer to seek more encounters in the world's oceans. I want to tell more people about the beauty of the underwater world and the joy of photography. My goal is to pursue this passion in a way that brings attention to the blessings the ocean has for us, and to inspire others to admire and protect its beauty for themselves and the next generation.
Now, the world is strongly influenced by COVID-19 and I hope I will be able to travel soon again soon. 


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Skylight of Happiness,
Similan Islands, Thailand

 

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 The Purple Light of Life,
Anemonefish, Kerama Islands, Okinawa

 

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 Momentary Break, 
Green turtle, Kerama Islands, Okinawa

 

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The Light of God,
Kerama Islands, Okinawa

 

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Jumping, Flying, Soaring, 
Green turtle, Kerama Islands, Okinawa

 

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Whereʼs Waldo?
Moorish idols, North Male Atoll, Maldives

 

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Growing up Fast,
Kerama Islands, Okinawa

 

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Kerama Parade,
Swallow-tail cardinalfish, Kerama Islands, Okinawa

 

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Passing Life to a New Generation,
Kerama Islands, Okinawa

 

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Crystal King, 
Rock shrimp, Kerama Islands, Okinawa

 

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Flower Viewing, 
Okinawa main island

 

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Shining at the End of Life,
Kerama Islands, Okinawa

 

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Lovely: Chura-san, 
Randallʼs prawn goby, Bohol Islands, Philippines

 

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Almost the Same,
Coleman shrimp, Lembeh Islands, Indonesia

 

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Young Beauty,
Baby purple queens, Kerama Islands, Okinawa

 

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Golden Angel,
Kerama Islands, Okinawa

 

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Young Noble, 
Anemone shrimp, Kerama Islands, Okinawa

 

Find Akira on Instagram @akira_nanjo_uwphoto


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