Featured Photographer | Philipp Stahr 

Featured Photographer Philipp



My name is Philipp Stahr, I am an underwater photographer currently living in Germany. During a trip around the world in 2010, I ended up in Thailand and tried scuba diving for the first time - since that day the underwater world became my second home, it was a turning point in my life.

At that time I had no friends who were into diving, and so I started travelling the world, scuba diving on my own. However, travelling alone as a diver always leads to finding new friends.  One introduced me to underwater photography that has become my new challenge and passion.

In recent years I have visited dive sites in Germany, the Red Sea in Egypt, Sinai and Israel, the Philippines, the Maldives, the Dutch Caribbean, Thailand and Indonesia.

My favourite destination is Indonesia with its countless number of islands. It gives me the opportunity to take wide-angle shots of colourful reefs and massive sea creatures.

If you are able to sharpen your eye and are a patient diver, the underwater world of Indonesia will also reward you with a never-ending option of fascinating macro life.  

My first underwater camera setup was a Canon G7X Mark II. I then upgraded to a Sony Alpha 6400, with Sigma 16mm f1.4 DC as my lens of choice for wide-angle or Sigma 10mm f2.8 EX DC HSM for fisheye. For macro, I use Canon EF-S 60mm F2.8 USM Macro. All this is protected in a Fantasea housing with INON ports.

Anemonefishs in an anemone south male atoll maldives

South Malé Atoll, Maldives


Coconut octopus lembeh indo

Coconut octopus,
Lembeh, Sulawesi, Indonesia


Costasiella kuroshimae tulamben bali imdo

Costasiella kuroshimae,
Tulamben, Bali, Indonesia

Cyerce Eleganse tulamben indo

Cyerce Eleganse,
Tulamben, Bali, Indonesia

Dugong Marsa Alam Egypt

Marsa Alam, Egypt 


Hairy frogfish Lembeh Indo

Hairy frogfish,
Lembeh, Sulawesi, Indonesia 

 Hippocampus pontohi bunaken indo

Pontoh's pygmy seahorse,
Bunaken, Sulawesi, Indonesia 

Hypselodoris infucata tulamben bali indo

Hypselodoris infucata,
Tulamben, Bali, Indonesia 


Lady bug padang bai bali indo

Ladybug amphipod,
Padang Bai, Bali, Indonesia  

Lion fish elphinstone reef Egypt

Elphinstone Reef, Egypt 


Lizzard fish bunaken indo

Bunaken, Sulawesi, Indonesia 

Pedersons shrimp curacao netherlnd antilles

Pederson's Shrimp, 
Curaçao, Dutch Caribbean 


Reef Manta at night ari Atoll Maldives

Reef manta, 
Ari Atoll, Maldives 

School of fish Curacao Netherland Atilles

Reef head,
Curaçao, Dutch Caribbean 


Skeleton shrimp Tulamben bali indo

Skeleton shrimp, 
Tulamben, Bali, Indonesia 

Sting ray male atoll maldives

Malé Atoll, Maldives 

Find Philipp on Instagram @philst.photo

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