Supporting Photographers

Gunther Deichmann
 a well-known Australian photographer and author of 12 books including Australian Natural Wonders. He received an impressive 14 merit awards from the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP) and was featured in a documentary titled
Visions in the Making, broadcast on the ABC. 

His coverage about the killing of Australian wild horses for the German magazine, Stern helped stop the practice. The message of his 11-page photo essay in Stern found its way to other publications, and the images of carnage soon were seen worldwide, appearing not only in print but also on television, including CNN.

Professional Landscape Photographer of the Year in Australia; and his work has been published worldwide in books and magazines like: Time-Life, Reader's Digest, BBC, and magazines such as: Cover of Time Magazine, Stern Magazine (Germany) National Magazine (South Africa), National Geographic Traveler, New York Times (USA), Sued Deutsche Zeitung (Germany), Grand Reportage (France), VSD (France), GEO (France & Germany), Terre Savage (France), Figaro (France), Archaeology Magazine (USA) and many others. Guest Speaker for Apple Aperture in Thailand, Mumbai India and Jakarta Indonesia. Les Voyages de Gunther Deichmann : Solo Exposition - November 30, 2012 Paris, France

Gunther is a staunch advocate for all environment related issues above and below the waves and contributed to numerous international articles in support against the cruel practice of Shark finning.

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Michael Freeman needs little introduction; he is a well-known British author, photographer and journalist.

In 1978 Athens the first book giving him title-credit as a photographer, was published in a Time-Life series called The World’s Great Cities. This was followed by two other books, "Guardians of the North-West Frontier: The Pathans" in 1982 and "Wayfarers of the Thai Forest: The Akha" in 1982, both in the subsequent Time-Life series "Peoples of the Wild".

Freeman has had a long working relationship with the Smithsonian magazine, and has photographed 40 stories between 1978 and 2008. One of his main specializations has been Asian culture, architecture and archaeology, and he has photographed and written many books on these, including five on Angkor. The first of these, "Angkor: The Hidden Glories" was used in filming the 1992 non-verbal film Baraka, and Freeman is one of the 8 cast in the accompanying 2008 documentary "Baraka: A Closer Look".

He has written more than 40 books on the subject of photography, in particular its practice, and for two of these ("Light" and "Image", both published by Collins, now HarperCollins) he was awarded the Prix Louis Philippe Clerc in 1990 from the Musée Français de la Photographie in Bièvres, France. He has written and illustrated the photography course materials for the Open College of the Arts, an independent British distance learning college.

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James Whitlow Delano an American reportage photographer based in Tokyo, Japan. He has published several books of photography and is known for black and white long term projects based on human rights, the environment and culture. Delano’s work, mainly from Asia and Latin America, has received many honors internationally including the Alfred Eisenstadt Award, from Picture of the Year International, National Press Photographers Association (N.P.P.A.), Leica’s Oskar Barnack award, PX3 (Prix de la Photographie, Paris), Photo District News, American Photography, Communication Arts and others.

His photographs have shown in galleries and museums on five continents and are held in the permanent collections of La Triennale Museum of Art, and the Museo Fotografia Contemporanea both in Milan (Italy) and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas.

His latest book project, The Mercy Project / Inochi, which he created and curated was released in 2010 to help raise funds and awareness for hospice and palliative care in memory of his sister, Jeanne Louise Delano.

James, still using black and white film.

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John Stanmeyer
 is an American photojournalist based in Otis, Massachusetts.

He is best known for his contributions to TIME Magazine and National Geographic. His work centered on Asian and Middle-Eastern political and human rights issues for the past 11 years and more recently on the environment and susatainability. Stanmeyer has received many honors including the Robert Capa, Magazine Photographer of the Year, as well as numerous World Press and Picture of the Year awards. He won a 2008 National Magazine Award for Photojournalism.

His career began in Tampa, Florida at the Tampa Tribune where he began working on international assignments traveling to various African and European countries and India. He then shifted his focus to freelance work on Asian and Middle-Eastern events. His photographs are known for their powerful depictions of human suffering. His current project is a book on AIDS in Asia co-authored by his wife, Anastasia Stanmeyer.

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Michael Yamashita is an American photographer who was born in San FranciscoCalifornia to a Japanese family, but grew up in Montclair, New Jersey. In 1971 he graduated from the Wesleyan University with a degree in Asian studies and later went to Japan for seven years. He began working for the National Geographic in 1979 and since then traveled to SomaliaSudanEnglandIreland, and Papua New Guinea.

He is also an author of more than nine books about photography among which are 
Zheng He: Tracing the Epic Voyages of China’s Greatest ExplorerJapan: The Soul of a NationMarco Polo, A Photographer’s Journey, and many others. He has won numerous awards from the National Press Photographers Association and the Asian American Journalists Association.

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Bjorn Olesen
is based in Singapore and winner of the 10th annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo contest, which is one of the biggest and most prestigious in the world with entries from 112 countries.

He's often asked "what is the perfect picture". For him the perfect picture is the one that drives you forward to make an even better one, as each image should be viewed as the stepping stone to the next - and better one.

He tried to turn his camera into a tool to promote conservation awareness through photography, and he hopes that with these images he can do his part and make a small contribution in nature conservation, and hopefully stimulating us all to act in support.

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Rico Besserdich is an underwater photographer, journalist & artist who lives in the Republic of Turkey. Looking back to 35 years of photography, Rico became specialized in aquatic photography in 2000, working in his own unique visions to express his love to the element H2O through images and stories. His photographic and journalistic works are published in numerous magazines, books and online publications all around the world, translated into 6 different languages.

He is a member of the Ocean Artists Society, co-editor of the "Edition Fifty Fathoms", Author of the series "Creative underwater photography & composition", DIVEMASTER magazine, Member of the British Society of Underwater Photographers (BSoUP), 2011/12 World Champion of Underwater Photography.

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Imran Ahmad B Rayat Ahmad is a professional photographer and staunch environmentalist based in Singapore.  His work has been published in many different leading magazines worldwide including: Nikon Focus, Scuba diving magazine, Sport Diver (USA), Tauchen (Germany), Unterwasser (Germany), DAN (Asia Pacific) Scuba Diver Australasia, Scuba Diver, Hello Bali (Indonesia), Asian Diver, EZDive (Hong Kong), Scuba Diving (USA), CEO Magazine (Malaysia), Mediacorp's Slice of life (Singapore), Straits Times, Berita Harian just to name a few.

He is a member of the Ocean Artists Society and published his book titled "Hidden Sanctury" for Sipadan Mabul Resort & Sabah Tourism in 2011 followed by his latest well received book "Ocean Tapestry." Furthermore his photos are exhibited at DEEP (Jakarta), DRT (Hong Kong), MIDE (Malaysia), DEMA (USA) and ADEX (Singapore).   

As of 2012, Imran was appointed as President on the newly formed South East Asia Society of Underwater Photographers (SEASOUP). Through SEASOUP, he aspires to promote underwater photography in all its aspects, both as an art form and means of recording underwater observations with a strong aim towards marine conservation.

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Scott "Gutsy" Tuason has been diving and taking photographs underwater for three decades. His work has appeared in Asian Diver, Asian Geographic, Sport Diving, and National Geographic France, among others, and after helming Lonely Planet Magazine Philippines as Editor-in-Chief for two years, he is now the Travel Editor at Rogue Magazine.

He collaborated with the painter Rafael Cusi on the book Philippine Coral Reefs in Watercolor (1997), and co-authored with Eduardo Cu-Unjieng the coffee table book Anilao (2000), which won World Grand Prize for Books at the 27th World Festival of Underwater Images in Antibes, France. The Ultimate Orient: Philippine South Sea Pearls (2002), commissioned by Jewelmer International, tells the story of the pearl in pictures, while Bahura: A Passage Through Philippine Reefs (2004) documents an underwater journey from Luzon to Mindanao. He also shot the coral reef inhabitants of Bohol for the Houghton Mifflin-published book Project Seahorse (2010), a conservation-themed book for children.

Over the past several years Scott has partnered with WWF Philippines in awareness and conservation efforts for whale sharks and the coral reef triangle.

Scott lives in Manila with his daughter Antarctica and a menagerie of cats and dogs rescued from the streets.

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Bien S. Bautista, is a Filipino photographer/artist based in Manila, Philippines. His collection of photographs, comprising his second one-man exhibit MUY BIEN, a sequel to his first, ESTA BIEN, invites the viewer to a rare journey. The kind that transports him, pensive and unhurried, through black and white musings and colored dreams.

In 1980, Bien consolidated his expertise in all aspects of photography when he joined a professional photographic services group covering Advertising, Fashion, Industrial, Corporate, Travel, Documentary, Editorial, and Illustration. In 1987, he established Black & White Asia, Inc. with wife Remy and brother Floren as partners, and in 1989, added the Baby Sitter Portrait Studio to the business with his charming and talented wife, Remy, at the helm.

EXHIBITS One-Man Shows: "Esta Bien" Book Launch and Photo Exhibit Makati City, Philippines, February 2001 Conrad Hotel, Hongkong, June 2002 Manor Hotel, Camp John Hay, Baguio City, Philippines, November 2003 "Muy Bien" Photo Exhibit, Makati Shangri-la Hotel, Philippines April 2009 Camera Club of the Phil. Center, Makati City, 2010 and many others.

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Christian Vizl, was born in México City and dreams about what lie beneath the waves.

For Christian photography is all about light, and in his opinion, it is the single most important aspect when it comes to creating appealing, inspiring and touching images.

June, CAF Centro de Arte Fotográfico, Group Photographic Exhibition, México D.F. 2011 
Oct. 13, Group Fine Arts Exhibition MARVA casa de arte at hotel St. Regis, México D.F.

 15 feb. Photographic Group Exhibition, XEspacio de arte, Condesa, México D.F.
26 abr. Art group Exhibition, Colectiva A + B, Boca del Río Veracruz, Veracruz.
21 Nov. Art group Exhibition “La Magia de Oaxaca y Cuba”, México DF
24 Nov.

His work has been published in international publications like Ocean Geographic, Scuba Diving, Sport Diver, Asian Diver, Scuba Diving and the Undersea Journal, Scuba Diver Through The Lens, Dive Photo Guide, Plongee, Tauchen, Apnea, México Desconocido, The Times (UK), Daily Mail (UK), National Geographic photo of the day (website), and others.

"Delfiniti 9096" was elected by a jury for the special edition of Edition Fifty Fathoms “fifty finest”, publication that includes the best 50 fine art underwater black and whites photographs.
Winner in Scuba Diver Magazine 2012 underwater photo contest 
-Elected to participate in Edition Fifty Fathoms special edition on Macro photography
-Successfully auction of one of his works (60 x 45" fine art print) at the annual art auction of the National Museum of Anthropology "Arte Sana". July 2012.
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-selected “World Champion” 2012-2013 by

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Hubert Weber a Swiss national and a very passionate Photographer who made his home in Manila, Philippines. When Hubert heard about this project he did not hesitate and offered his help and support. Thanks to Hubert for his time, not only providing some of his very nice images but even more so for his inputs in this project to keep a good balance, hence the reason Hubert is an independent active administartor on this site. Whenever time permits Hubert likes to travel the world in search of new images. His main interest is in the protection and preservation of our environment.

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Arj Muñoz is a Filipino Photographer based in Manila, Philippines.

Special thanks to Arj Muñoz not only for his contribution of photos but providing his valuable time in working on this site. Arj is also a web designer, IT specialist and developer. He started his serious photography that became his passion when he meet Gunther Deichmann and under his wing he learned new techniques, but most important he discovered how to see things differently.

He loves to travel and supports all environmental related issues and working as an assistant for Gunther in photography and IT related subjects.

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Robert Humberson
- Robert volunteered to help this worthy cause and stated "My heart goes out to those affected by this tragedy. While the Filipino people have shown remarkable resilience, they need our help and they need it now." Robert primarily focusses on wildlife photography, above and below the water.
While primarily a passionate amateur, Robert's photos have appeared in various travel magazines, some dive site webs and in one dive book on Indonesia.
As the name of his website indicates, Robert is a fool for trekking, especially in out of the way places around the world. Robert does not take photos of animals in captivity and all his imagers are taken in the wild, at times taken calculated risks. 

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Jacob Maentz
is a freelance travel, culture and documentary photographer based in the Philippines.  His passion lies in creating images that communicate a strong sense of place and cultural awareness in unique, challenging situations.  His photographs often reflect his background in conservation and explore issues related to the human condition and natural world.
In 2003, he was brought to the Philippines when he joined the United States Peace Corps and returned a few years later to start a professional career in photography.
Jacob works primarily as a freelance photographer. He has been commissioned by corporations, private organizations, NGO’s, universities and independent writers and his images have appeared on everything from TV commercials and billboards to magazine and book covers. Most of his travel and documentary work is currently represented by Corbis Images.
When not working on photo assignments, Jacob can be found volunteering his time with conservation organizations and local NGO’s.  He is married with two children and currently resides in Cebu City, Philippines.

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