Featured Photographer | Joe Daniels
Joe is an award-winning underwater photographer and author. His passion for underwater photography developed through his love for the marine world which began from a very young age in Suffolk in the UK. In 2007 Joe volunteered on a marine conservation project in Seychelles. He then spent more than three years in New Zealand and Australia, a year of this was working with manta rays and whale sharks on the Ningaloo Reef off Western Australia. Joe returned to Seychelles as an intern on the Marine Conservation Society Seychelles (MCSS) Whale Shark Monitoring Project. After completing his dive instructor course in South Africa he then continued on in Seychelles as dive officer for Global Vision International, a marine conservation NGO.
In 2013 Joe and his wife Emily moved to Ambon, Indonesia where they managed Maluku Divers, a photography-focused dive resort.
In the clear waters of Australia and Seychelles Joe found free diving as his preferred method, shooting many of his wide-angle images with little other than a mask and fins. Now after his experience in Ambon, Indonesia has brought him to focus more on photography utilising his scuba diving skills in order to spend more time with each subject.
He has co-authored a photographic coffee table book called Underwater Eden - The Marine Life of Seychelles, won numerous awards and has been widely published and has started leading trips for Equator Dive Travel. Now based in the south of France, Joe is able to spend his time exploring the cooler (but no less fascinating) waters of Europe in-between photography trips further afield.
Joe currently shoots with a Canon 5D MKIII in Nauticam housing and Retra Flash strobes.
Anemonefish with eggs - Saddleback anemonefish, Ambon, Indonesia
Haunting hawkfish - Longnose hawkfish, Alor, Indonesia
Jetty residents - Batfish, Alor, Indonesia
Holy Grail frogfish - Psychedelic frogfish, Ambon, Indonesia
Doto drift - Donut nudbranch, Bali, Indonesia
Mother mantis - Peacock mantis shrimp, Lembeh Strait, Indonesia
Alor life - Alor, Indonesia
Another world - Jellyfish lake, East Kalimantan, Indonesia
Coleman shrimp - Ambon, Indonesia
Frogfish fantasy - Freckled frogfish, Alor, Indonesia
Denise's pygmy seahorse - Raja Ampat
Gaudy rhino - Popeyed scorpionfish, Ambon, Indonesia
Oxheart tunicate shrimp - Ambon, Indonesia
Cleaning manta - Reef manta, Nusa Penida, Bali, Indonesia
Sharks and snappers - Misool, Indonesia
Male Anthias - Red Sea