Underwater Tour 2018, Australia

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Underwater Tour 2018, Australia

Fri, 02/02/2018 - 12:42
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Four world-class photographers. Four events. Four Australian cities. Underwater inspiration, adventure and discovery!

Australia (2 February 2018):  The Underwater Tour 2018 presents a stellar line-up of world-class underwater photographers, all hitting the road together across Australia for a series of evening events 9-12 May 2018.

The Underwater Tour is an Australian ‘first’.   ‘Our inspiring speakers are explorers, adventurers, ocean and wildlife ambassadors!’  says joint founder Juliette Myers. ‘Each photographer has their own specialist niche, and all will share their stories of discovery from behind the lens’.

Tim Hochgrebe, joint founder, adds, ‘With imagery depicting the tiniest residents of pristine coral reefs to majestic orcas and giant humpback whales, and everything in between, our audience will be immersed underwater in the comfort of their theatre seats.’

  • Jürgen Freund, a Senior Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers, will take us on his personal journey sharing stories of The Coral Triangle, The Great Barrier Reef and The Great Sea Reef.  

Jürgen’s imagery has brought recognition to the extraordinary marine biodiversity, unique cultures, and critical environmental challenges facing this region’s connected waters and has helped visualize the significant marine work of one of the world’s leading conservation organizations, The WWF which resulted in the coffee table book The Coral Triangle.

  • Jason Isley, based in Kota Kinabalu, has filmed all over the world on productions including the recent BBC Blue Planet 2 series, the Disney IMAX production Sacred Planet and the BBC’s Emmy award winning Life series.  Jason’s stories will cover his behind-the scenes view as an underwater cameraman, photographer and publisher of a collection of stunning books.  

With tales from ‘Small Blue World’ and his most recent leatherback turtle project, Jason will show us how, through his images and passion for marine conservation, he connects people with our underwater world.

  • Darren Jew is a five-time Winner of the Canon/AIPP Australian Science, Environment and Nature Photographer of the Year Award.  Darren has spent the last 30 years capturing imagery and sharing the marine environments of the world, partnering with WWF, Tourism Australia and more recently with Canon and National Geographic in an underwater episode Tales by Light.

From delightful, surprising underwater time-lapse photography in the warm waters and reefs off Lady Elliott Island, to cold water adventure, leading a photographic tour to Norway to swim with and photograph orcas, Darren will share with us his photography, inspiration and his journey toward developing his personal style.

  • Dr Richard Smith, a marine biologist by training, has pioneered research on the biology and conservation of pygmy seahorses, which led to the first PhD on these enigmatic fishes.   Richard is a well-known global conservation voice for syngnathids (seahorses, pipefishes and seadragons).

Flying in from the UK, Richard is an engaging speaker, and over the past decade his photographs and marine life focused features have appeared in a wide variety of publications around the world.  Richard leads marine life expeditions where the aim is for participants to get more from their diving and photography by learning about the marine environment.

Enjoy an incredible line-up of presentations and also the chance to meet and chat with the photographers themselves, and mix and mingle with representatives from our world-class aspirational touring partners: SEACAM, Wakatobi, Walindi, Solitude Liveaboards & Resorts, Christmas Island, and DAN Asia Pacific.


Brisbane Wednesday 9 May

Perth Thursday 10 May

Melbourne Friday 11 May

Sydney 12 May

Please visit www.underwatertour.com.au for detailed information on our speakers, venues, times and inclusions, and of course to buy tickets.

The Underwater Tour 2018 is a joint venture by IDM, and underwater.com.au.