Instructor and Underwater Artist Dray Van Beeck Dies After Contracting Dengue Fever

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Dray Van Beeck pictured recently in Bali (Photo: Bali Diving Academy/Facebook)

Dutch underwater photographer, artist, and scuba diving instructor Dray Van Beeck has passed away suddenly at the age of 60 after contracting Dengue fever.

Born in the Netherlands in 1961, art student and teacher Van Beeck learned to dive in 1997 and became a scuba diving professional a year later. He taught all over the world but spent much of his time in Egypt, where he worked as a liveaboard guide from 2003-2012, the last six years of which were with Blue O Two, where he also taught onboard photography courses.

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Van Beeck's 2020 Beneath the Sea competition winning entry (Photo: Dray Van Beeck/Beneath the Sea)

Van Beeck began his photographic career in 2002 with a Canon Powershot S40, but became as interested in the post-processing manipulation of photographs as much as he was taking them. As well as being published in a number of magazines and journals, Van Beeck's creative style won numerous awards. He took first place in the 2018 'Beneath the Sea' creative category; second place in 2019; and all three top places in 2020.

In recent years he and his wife have been managing the Pemuteran branch of Bali Dive Academy, where he taught diving and underwater photography and videography classes. A statement posted on Bali Diving Academy's Facebook page on 20 April announced Van Beeck's passing:

Yesterday night, our team suffered a terrible loss. One of our most valued members, Dray Van Beeck has passed away.
He will be deeply missed. Please keep Dray’s family, especially Karin, in your thoughts as they go through this difficult time.

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Dray Van Beeck 1961-2021 

To see some of Dray Van Beeck's incredible underwater artwork, visit  www.aqualifephotos.com, and also his fine art site at www.dray-vanbeeck.pixels.com

 

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