Bright colors, vivid fauna, rare vistas and the deep blue waters are artistic wonders of the ocean. With over 95 percent of the world’s oceans still unexplored, photographers have found a newer and more challenging underwater haven to represent. They tap into oceanic lives and bring fresher insight into the bioprocesses and beauty present in the Earth’s water bodies. Followers of the bold and dangerous that swim these waters and capture their essence find visual treats of the underworld in their raw, pristine ecosystem, all on their news feed.
The Instagram elite of India’s top underwater photographers showcase mysteries and treasures of our planet, providing us with the ideal lens to discover this world. For aquatic inspiration, here are some of the best underwater photographers to follow on Instagram.
- Sumer Verma (@luminousdeep)
One of those rare occasions as an underwater Photographer where everything is where it is supposed to be . 🙌 😰 #sumervermaphotography #uwphotography #whaleshark #onassignment #vogue #phillipines #silhouette #snorkeling #padi @vogueindia @discoverocean @discoversharks @paditv @ig_today @snorkel.around.the.world @earthpix @awesome.photographers @earthfocus @natgeo @anaitashroffadajania @vogueindia
From swimming with sharks to diving with cuttlefish, Verma’s profile transports you into the heart of the wonder. Visit the oceans of Bali, Malaysia, Goa, the Andamans, Hungary and numerous other places rich in sea creatures, coral reefs and endemic species. With more than over 50 shades of blue alone, his work captures barracuda fish, whale sharks, box fish, porcelain crabs, ghost pipefish, blue spotted sting rays and the most adorable swimming elephants.
- Digant Desai (@scubadiggy)
Seascape. #colurs underwater rival those on land and it's an amazing feeling to showcase the same so that this wonderful marine world is preserved, nurtured and looked after for future generations. #oceana #reefscape #scubadive #natgeowild #paditv #scuba #natgeoyourshot #padi #canon #underwaterphoto #nature #sea #scubadive #ocean #marinelife #natgeo #divetravel #photography #colours #scubadiggy #water #greatdivepics #padi #canonphotography #natgeotravel # #wideangle #scubapics #wildplanet #seascape #painting #cntravellerindia
Master at capturing rare sea animals up close and personal, Desai’s photography is a unique insight to the details and patterns of the ocean. Amber seahorses, cheery Blennies, striped circus clown fishes and hypnotizing angelfishes stare at you through his profile. A true exploration of the color palette, his pictures also come with a detailed explanation of the animal, its behavior and history for avid sea lovers.
- Umeed Mistry (@umeed.mistry)
Too big to haul on board, a manta ray gets dragged behind a boat to a fish landing site. Less than 4 days until #COP17 The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora #cites Voting YES!! for sharks and rays at COP16 helped increase international protection for manta rays. This year, the Convention will review proposals to add devil rays, thresher sharks and silky sharks to the list, to implement controls on international trade. Learn more @projectaware #divers4sharksnrays #projectaware #rays #mantaray #underwaterphotography #cites #overunder #umeedmistry #oceanlove #sea #saveourseas
From the expanse of Serengeti and topography of Pereybere to the coral reefs of Mauritius and humpback whales in Iceland, beauty is captured in Mistry’s profile. A mélange of land, air and sea creatures, shot in global prime spots of rare flora and fauna are seen in their element. Fit for a NatGeo photographer, his travels and unique eye for the story behind each creature makes his viewers wanderlust for adventure.
- Anup J Kat (@anupjkat)
This is why I love it !! It still fascinates me how light plays underwater and by the evening light everything it touches turns to gold. Ha! Trust me even the camera can’t do justice to it. Diving with my favourite underwater muse / buddy. @oneoceanonelove Cruze director @milosdivingadventure Camera – @canonindia_ Housing – @ikelite Photographer – @anupjkat Dive gear @cressi1946 #underwater #travel #traveldiary #travelawesome #underwatermagic #eveningdive #boat #magic #light #lightmagic #scubadiving #divetrip #padi #scuba #divebuddy #beautiful #earthpix #Indonesia #alor #bali @underwaterwednesday @seashepherd @underwater_movement @angels.of.the.sea @underseahunter @freedivingart @paditv @beautifuldestinations @bestvacations @travelawesome @earthpix
A fun and enjoyable platform that underscores the human bond with nature, Anup’s profile is a symbiosis of our lives with Mother Earth’s. With pictures of vibrant schools of fish, spotted turtles and zippy Clown Jelly Fishes to solo manta rays, predator sharks and ship wrecks, his work plays on human emotions, making his stories new and fetching.
- Bhushan Bagadia (@bhushanbagadiapositives)
"I feel at ease and, in an indefinable way, at home, when dolphins are around. I now know when they are nearby before they appear. I dream after they leave." — Virginia Coyle . I love Dolphins. It's true. Finally seeing so many of them all around me was simply amazing. I have so many photos to edit. These are all just teasers for the main album. So yes, lots more spam coming your way. 🙂 . Thank you @rickykej, Walter (@africanwatersports), @jenni.whiteley, Danielle and @tyladup for everything… . . . . #bhushanbagadiapositives #bhushanbagadiaphotography #sardinerun #sardinerun2017 #southafrica #mbotyi #mbotyiriverlodge #dolphins #africanwatersports #indiaphotosociety #indiaphotoproject #indianshutterbugs #durban #durbandiving #ikelite @ikelite #underwater #underwaterwednesday @underwater.photo @underwaterwednesday #underwaterworld #scubadiver #scuba #scubadiverindia #paditv @paditv #phoi_international
Sharks dominate this daring profile, with images of zebra sharks, lemon sharks, nurse sharks, silky sharks, tiger sharks and myriad other magnificent beasts. Juxtaposed with endearing boxfishes and intricate coral, his work represents a wholesome underwater journey that will leave you longing for a deeper dive.
In exploring scuba diving and underwater photography in India, there is inspiration to be drawn in many places, from many people. Surrounded by water on three sides, the country’s coasts offer unending room for adventurous dives and stunning photography. For anyone waiting to go out there and explore their possibilities, the work of these photographers epitomizes the danger and hard work of underwater photography. But most of all, it epitomizes passion, dedication and true humility in the face of nature and its creatures.
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