31 Inspirational Underwater Images

31 Inspirational Underwater Images


An underwater camera or deep sea camera equipment captures photos of the amazing creatures that live beneath the surface of the water. This collection shows land dwellers, sea life and other sometimes odd creatures that penetrate the wet sanctuary boundaries. The idea is always to see what’s under there and how much imagination we can use while shooting fish, organisms and ourselves.

Deep Blue Dolphin Love - Copyright LaPrimaDonna

I see you - Copyright Hamed Saber

Toni Frissell Collection - Copyright trialsanderrors

Aquatic Necklace - Copyright Steve Jurvetson

Anemonemonemone - Copyright Matt Clark

Turtle on a mission - Copyright nosha

Star Attraction - Copyright LASZLO ILYES

Regal Queen - Copyright LASZLO ILYES

Underwater DIY - Copyright Sean McGrath

Caribbean Condylactis gigantae - Copyright LASZLO ILYES

Micro Cosmos - Copyright TANAKA Juuyoh

Cream Jellyfish - Copyright Chris Willis

Tiger Shark? - Copyright David Blaikie

Star - Copyright wrda

Curious Seal - Copyright Hugo

Ooooooooooo - Copyright LASZLO IYLES

Underwater flight - Copyright Bill Harrison

Protecting and Hiding - Copyright Jenny

Freediving fun: platform surfing - Copyright jayhem

Sponge Brittle Stars - Copyright LASZLO ILYES

Underwater life - Copyright glasseyes view

Octopod interference with expedition - Copyright NOAA Ocean Explorer

Juvenile Boxfish - Copyright NOAA Ocean Explorer

Bubble tip anemone - Copyright Ken Traub

Tripod the green sea turtle - Copyright Roy Niswanger

Jellyfish - Copyright Schristia

Sushi anyone? - Copyright Schristia

Crab sitting on a net - Copyright Tanaka Juuyoh

Underwater Glide - Copyright jayhem

Flamingo Tongue Snail in Profile - Copyright LASZLO ILYES

Stingray drive-by - Copyright Jenny


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Peter West Carey leads photo tours and workshops in Nepal, Bhutan, Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles and beyond. He is also the creator of Photography Basics - A 43 Day Adventure & 40 Photography Experiments, web-based tutorials taking curious photographers on a fun ride through the basics of learning photography.

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  • Paul March 9, 2012 04:35 am

    Awesome shots, love the black and white shot with the floating girl!

  • Robert October 21, 2011 02:11 am

    The "Crab sitting on a net" to me looks like a squat lobster sitting on a diver's glove - a big no-no!!

  • Jim October 14, 2011 07:30 pm

    For underwater photography, besides the camera you'll need a housing to protect it from the water and keep it at atmospheric pressure so the buttons continue to work. Some cameras allow their built in flash to be used but to get decent control of the lighting you're best advised to invest in an external strobe, plus the arms and a baseplate to attach them to the housing.

    For information on what housings are available for your camera check out http://www.digideep.com

  • Jarvis October 11, 2011 08:39 pm

    simply a beautiful collection

  • akim October 11, 2011 06:47 pm

    I really want to try this kind of angle, please advise me what gadget to use it, I use 450D canon right now, thanks

  • Minal J. October 8, 2011 04:50 pm

    What gears are necessary for taking underwater shots, also while shooting underwater and in rains what all precautions and equipments are needed.
    Kindly also post about tips for underwater shooting and shooting during rains and precautions for the camera\
    Thank you!

  • Jim October 7, 2011 03:16 pm

    Some great shots, the Tony Frissell one is inspired, but I have to agree with Kevin, there are a fair few average ones and a couple look like there has been manipulation of the crtitters which is a big no-no where it comes to marine photograhy. Also the last picture is an eagle ray, not a sting ray

    Anyways, some of my own here




    but no claims about them being inspirational, they're equally open to criticism, I just enjoyed taking them :)

  • Christina October 7, 2011 12:34 pm

    check out Elena Kalis , she is amazing:

  • Lucía October 7, 2011 03:26 am

    gorgeous!! i love them all!!

  • Kevin October 6, 2011 03:55 am

    As an experienced diver I can say that there are some superb shots here ; Tony Frissell, Bubbletip and especially 'Sushi' is fantastic, however there are quite a few distinctly average shots that any diver with a P&S (or non-diver at an aquarium) could have shot. I expected better from the title.

  • Kathy Detweiler October 5, 2011 12:01 am

    Love the photos. Here is one of mine taken at the National Aviary

  • luke condron October 4, 2011 11:57 pm

    wow fantastic pictures... good collection ONCE AGAIN FANTASTIC

  • Caitlin of Closet Confessions October 4, 2011 11:09 pm

    Have you seen the work of Damien Siviero? He has been featured in several magazines for his brilliant work. http://damiensiviero.com/

  • Jean-Pierre October 4, 2011 10:26 pm

    Whoa, those are some awesome photos. Here's one of mine:


  • Sergey Orlov October 4, 2011 04:05 am

    Maybe, it will be interesting for you to look at my freediving underwater pictures on www.SergeyOrlovPhoto.com

    Looks like a site advertising, but it is not - I really like both freediving and photography :)


  • Deirdre October 4, 2011 03:48 am

    There's a typo -- there are more than three photos.
    I bought an underwater film camera last summer and really enjoyed playing with it. It somehow feels like magic.

  • Zack Jones October 4, 2011 03:42 am

    Title says 3 but I think there's about 30 pictures posted. Hmmm :)

  • Jeff October 4, 2011 03:01 am

    Wow, fantastic shots!
    Here's my shot of clownfish and a bubble tip anemone: http://flic.kr/p/9WNd5t