Featured Photographer | JillAnne McCarty   

Featured Photographer JILL



Passionate to raise awareness of our incredible undersea world, I hope with my images to inspire awe and global efforts to protect our miraculous marine ecosystem. Raised in Santa Barbara, California, USA, I remember the joy of discovering and exploring tidepools as a child. Photography and scuba diving have been long-held interests – I was certified by NAUI in college (almost 50 years ago!) and took my first photography and marine biology courses at the same time.After a diving hiatus, while I raised a family and practised medicine, I was able to resume diving in earnest and began shooting with a GoPro in 2012. I took additional courses and was certified as a Master Diver. Even with those first images, I was hooked. My photography skills have progressed with lots of practice, underwater photography workshops, and travel expeditions. My camera investments also 'progressed': first a compact, then a mirrorless 4:3 camera; now I have been shooting with a full-frame SLR for the past three years. I have been fortunate to have the opportunity to dive and photograph undersea wonders all over the world, including Zanzibar, The Maldives, Solomon Islands, Indonesia, The Philippines, Tonga, Fiji, Cayman Islands, Bonaire, Cuba, Mexico, our own local Channel Islands National Park in California, Hawaii, and even Italy! Each location offers its own unique habitat and animals, making photography feel like a delightful treasure hunt. I love the idea that 'you never know what you’ll find' on a dive. I enjoy making portraits of animals that may be unfamiliar to non-divers, composing them in their natural habitats. I try to compel the viewer with nature’s beauty and to reveal a little of each animal’s personality. 

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Pygmy cuttlefish,
Ambon, Indonesia


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Gulf signal blenny,
Sea of Cortez, Mexico

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Golden fairy basslet,
Jardines de la Reina, Cuba

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Yellow pygmy gobies,
Anilao, Philippines


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Pink skunk clownfish,
Solomon Islands


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Flabellina eodinea nudibranch,
California, USA

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Brittle star field and urchins,
California, USA

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Fusilier school,
Raja Ampat, Indonesia


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Island and reef split with photographer,
Manuk, Indonesia


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Humpback Whale with calf,
Ha’apai, Tonga

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American saltwater crocodile,
Jardines de la Reina, Cuba


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Staghorn hermit crab,
Sea of Cortez, Mexico


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Longfin spadefish,
Raja Ampat, Indonesia


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Whale shark with remoras,
Sea of Cortez, Mexico


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Coconut octopus,
Lembeh Strait, Indonesia


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Tozeuma shrimp,
Ambon, Indonesia

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Hawksbill turtle,
Raja Ampat, Indonesia


Find JillAnne on her Instagram @jillmccartyimages and on her website 

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