Our Motto: Equipment + Knowledge = Underwater Photography
Our Mission: To help underwater photographers across
the globe to fulfill their potential
To achieve our mission statement we take budding underwater photographers from newbie to pro by providing the advice on the equipment and knowledge how to use it (in our photo courses). We encourage new talent to come through (via our photo contest) with a little bit of guidance (from the pro’s in our forums and Photo Critique team).
We are by far the largest underwater photo site with a community of 20,000+ members (active members not expired, 2012 figures) and as many unique visitors as the leading scuba diving website. It wasn’t always this way...
Benny Sutton started UnderwaterPhotography.com in 1996. This was a time when the Internet was in its infancy; Google didn’t even exist then! The technology was limited and the site was largely static. In the early days the site consisted of Ben’s images and articles.
For years we were a voice in the wilderness. We still remain unsupported and unaffiliated to be the only independant u/w photo voice on the Net.
As technologies (and Ben’s coding skills) improved the site became more interactive. A database was hooked up and visitors were able to upload their images into the prototype photo contest early in 1998. The site grew exponentially, kick-starting the careers of many (now) famous underwater photographers along the way.
Nowadays we have more info on underwater photography, and more underwater photographs, than anywhere else on the Internet (and that probably means anywhere else, full stop).
Benny Sutton says... 'My biggest kick is when someone who bought a camera from us posts his (or her) first picture on our photo contest'
We are proud to have ‘broken’ underwater photography on the Internet. We are flattered by the many sites that have copied us. Underwater photography has room for many views (not just ours) and we relish competition – it keeps us all on our toes. We would be far more worried if we were the only one!
Due to the interactive features we pioneered, we can rightly claim to have been built by the thousands of underwater photographers who have uploaded images to the photo contest, chatted in our forums, and contributed with advice, articles, and support. That includes you too - so join in!
Sep1 2013, Update - UnderwaterPhotography.com was sold and acquired by Tal Mor
About Tal Mor
I am 31 years old, diving since I was 15 and shooting underwater in the last 6 years. I am the Co-Founder of Mozaik Underwater Cameras , one of the leading underwater photography stores in the world.
I am originally a web developer and programmer and specialize in Internet marketing.
When founding Mozaik in 2006 I combined my technical skills with my passion for diving and experience in photography and I am fortunate to say I am doing what I love on a daily basis.
In the past 6 years, I dived in many places: Red Sea, Mediterranean, Florida, Bahamas, Turks and Caicos and others.. I was lucky enough to dive with all the latest equipment, that includes high end compacts, Mirrorless, DSLR's, almost every strobe in the market and many different lenses and accessories.
I helped and advised thousands of underwater photographers from beginners to the most professional ones and am honored to be leading this great community at UnderwaterPhotography.com. I am looking forward to sharing my experience with others while also learning from some of the talented people whose work I now see here everyday..
My primary goal when taking over is to maintain and keep running the wonderful features you've been using in the past few years. My goal thereafter is to improve the site, socialize it, modernize it and grow it to a bigger community with more value to its members and premium features to its Pro members.
Your feedback, suggestions and comments are most welcome.
Ben is aided and abetted by a Motley Crew of accomplices known as moderators. Their main role is to police the site and judge the annual contest (amongst other things!).
Levent Albas, Karen Allgrove, Victor Amor, Doug Anderson, Steven Anderson, Kristin Anderson, Irwin Ang, Erika Antoniazzo, Yves Antoniazzo, Jorn Ari, Tom Ashton, Jeremy Axworthy, Fiona Ayerst, Roland Bach, Manfred Bail, Alp Baranok, Marco Bartolomucci, Marylin Batt, Dave Baxter, Donovan Benbrook, Dave Benz, Rico Besserdich, Steffen Binke, Nick Blake, Dorian Borcherds, Hans-Gert Broeder, Iman Brotoseno, André Bruchez, Melita Bubek, Jozef Butala, Sam Cahir, Jackie Campbell, Michael Canzoniero, Raoul Caprez, Marco Caraceni, Juan Cardona, Margo Cavis, Cenk Ceylanoglu, Jim Chambers, Andy Chan, Tony Cherbas, Johnny Christensen, Mike Clark, Julian Cohen, Paul Colley, Mathew Cook, Mikel Cortes, Miguel Cortes, Amanda Cotton, Jeri Curley, Ellen Cuylaerts, James Dally, Martin Dalsaso, Jean-Louis Danan, Alec Davies, Phil Davison, Andrew Dawson, John De Jong, Rob De Vries, Burak Dedeler, Len Deeley, Carlo Depaulis, Marcello Di Francesco, Mona Dienhart, Karl Dietz, Lucie Drlikova, Vittorio Durante, Ray Eccleston, Soren Egeberg, Mike Ellis, Edvin Eng, Marco Faimali (ismar-Cnr), Harald Fauske, Johannes Felten, Martin Ferak, Gurney Fermin, Sue Ferreira, Melissa Fiene, Matthew Fischbach, Paul Flandinette, Alison Forbis, Mathieu Foulquié, Valda Fraser, Tobias Friedrich, Kjeld Friis, Fabrizio Frixa, Alan Fryer, Ugo Gaggeri, Michael Gallagher, Stuart Ganz, Marco Gargiulo, Jim Garland, Armando Gasse, Cgz Gazi, Marchione Giacomo, Afflitti Gianluca, David Gilchrist, Sergiy Glushchenko, Richard Goluch, Cipriano (ripli) Gonzalez, William Goodwin, Mark Gray, Michael Grebler, Shane Gross, Ross Gudgeon, Christine Hamilton, Richard Harris, Helmy Hashim, Derek Haslam, Michael Henke, Debi Henshaw, David Henshaw, Gili Himmelhoch, Lisa Hinderlider, Tim Ho, Stephen Holinski, Zena Holloway, Chris Holman, Anouk Houben, Jeannette Howard, Christine Huffard, Dave Hunt, Salvatore Ianniello, Eunjae Im, Caroline Istas, Shawn Jackson, Henry Jager, Ben Joubert, Blaza Jovanovic, Istvan Juhasz, Becky Kagan, Volker Katzung, Grant Kennedy, Ken Keong, Ofer Ketter, Anna Kinnersly, Douglas Klug, Dale Kobetich, Levent Konuk, Jagwang Koo, Charly Kotnik, Girts Kravalis, Nadya Kulagina, Steve Kuo, Andreas Kutsch, Petra Kuzev, Yoav Lavi, Allen Lee, Melvin Lee, Andy Lerner, Vladimir Levantovsky, Jovin Lim, Eduardo Lima, Christian Loader, William Loke, Michel Lonfat, Sergio Loppel, Vito Lorusso, Thomas Lueken, Alan Lyall, John M Akar, Adolfo Maciocco, Andrew Macleod, Arun Madisetti, Isabella Maffei, Rafal Makiela, Tony Makin, James Mallard, Aleksandr Marinicev, Ran Marom, Abimael Márquez, Puddu Massimo, Veronika Matějková, Brian Mayes, Kyle Mcburnie, Andrew Mckaskle, Rand Mcmeins, Larry Medenilla, Suzan Meldonian, Ferdinando Meli, Jörg Menge, Cal Mero, Jan Messersmith, Gareth Millson, Todd Mintz, Oscar Miralpeix, Tom Moore, Terry Moore, Tal Mor, Tal Mor, Ran Mor, Jane Morgan, Mawi Mugen, Maria Munn, Penny Murphy, Francisco Nakahara, John Naylor, Kip Nead, Patrick Neumann, Paul Ng, Christian Nielsen, Ladislav Nogacek, Ximena Olds, Reidar Opem, Chad Ordelheide, George Ordenes, Rick Ouellette, Francesco Pacienza, Pedro Padilla, Paola Pallocci, Boris Pamikov, Marko Perisic, Andre Philip, Giuseppe Piccioli, Nonna Pokras, Miro Polensek, Robert Polo, Larry Polster, Umberto Pompilio, Glenn Poulain, Stéphane Primatesta, Norbert Probst, Hamid Rad, Tom Radio, Marjan Radovic, Henrik Gram Rasmussen, Patrick Reardon, Erich Reboucas, Tobias Reitmayr, John Roach, Luiz Rocha, Alberto Romeo, Larissa Roorda, Leena Roy, Brad Ryon, Nicholas Samaras, Javier Sandoval, Sangut Santoso, Dejan Sarman, Barbara Schilling, Christian Schlamann, Uwe Schmolke, Frank Schneider, Beate Seiler, Mauro Serafini, Michael Shope, José Augusto Silva, Jonny Simpson-Lee, Christian Skauge, Stew Smith, Matthew Smith, George Smorse, Jorge Sorial, Libor Spacek, Beverly Speed, Geoff Spiby, David Spiel, Martin Spragg, Ryan Stafford, Horen Stalbe, Susanne Stemmer, David Stephens, Claudio Stoppato, Sarena Straus, Daniel Strub, Iyad Suleyman, Heru Suryoko, Benny Sutton, Scott Sutton, Richard Swann, Victor Tabernero, Mick Tait, Alex Tattersall, Jason Decaires Taylor, Aza Taza, Andrey Tazba, Rick Tegeler, Arthur Telle Thiemann, Simon Theuma, Mark Thomas, Rodrigo Thome, Ken Thongpila, Teguh Tirtaputra, Windiarto Tjandra, Gleb Tolstov, Esteban Toré, Juan Torres, Sven Tramaux, Jean-Philippe Trenque, Frankie Tsen, Patrick Tutt, David Valencia, Dray Van Beeck, Goos Van Der Heide, Peet J Van Eeden, Bruno Van Saen, Marcel Van Schijndel, Nikki Van Veelen, Allan Vandeford, Alex Varani, Doris Vierkötter, Petteri Viljakainen, Dmitry Vinogradov, Christian Vizl, Viktor Vrbovský, Marco Waagmeester, Allen Walker, Beth Watson, Claudia Weber-Gebert, Brian Welman, Elaine White, Chris Wildblood, Tom Wilson, Richard Witmer, Andrew Woodburn, Marko Wramén, Charles Wright, Richard Wylie, Andre Yanco, Harry Yang, Tunc Yavuzdogan, Ahmet Yay, Greg Zagaglia, Gyula Zombor, Victor Zucker, Wolfgang Zwicknagl
326 moderators in total
An even more select group of moderators judge the weekly contest...
Kristin Anderson, Irwin Ang, Rico Besserdich, Jackie Campbell, Raoul Caprez, Marco Caraceni, Carlo Depaulis, Ray Eccleston, Kjeld Friis, Marco Gargiulo, Gili Himmelhoch, Arun Madisetti, Isabella Maffei, Tal Mor, Ran Mor, Tal Mor, Marko Perisic, Andre Philip, Marjan Radovic, Tobias Reitmayr, Stew Smith, Iyad Suleyman, Rick Tegeler, Mark Thomas, Dray Van Beeck, Peet J Van Eeden, Allan Vandeford, Petteri Viljakainen, Allen Walker, Tom Wilson, Charles Wright
The Photo Critique Team
Steven Anderson, Roland Bach, Rico Besserdich, Raoul Caprez, Mona Dienhart, Jim Garland, Henry Jager, Andrew Macleod, Tal Mor, Daniel Strub, Benny Sutton, Dray Van Beeck