James has lived close to Port Phillip Bay in Victoria all his life. As a child and into his teens he would regularly go snorkelling off the nearby rocky shores close to his home. His late Aunt and Uncle were avid scuba divers and underwater photographers. Their stories and images coupled with his growing interest in the marine world led James to be scuba certified in 1989. It wasn’t until 2005 however that he was able to begin putting together his own scuba gear kit and fully take the plunge.
In 2007 he bought a compact digital and joined a local UWP club to start recording the amazing things he was seeing. All of James’ diving to date has been around the south east of Australia from South Australia toNew South Wales, as well as Tasmania and his home state of Victoria.
Over the years James has built a large collection of images showcasing the endemic species of this temperate region. The waters of southern Australia are temperate and very rich in marine diversity. The often green and murky waters can make UW photography challenging at times but below the weed line the deep reefs of the region rival anything in the world for their colour and richness. Add in to this signature species like leafy seadragons and the region is a must-do location.