"I’ll never forget swimming for my life in pursuit of whale shark photos with my Canon DSLR in a large, heavy housing."

Underwater photography
Manta Ray, Mexico - “Using a fisheye lens and a strobe light helped me get close to this huge 8m creature and fit it into my camera frame” (Image credit: Maria Munn)

Our underwater world is unique, inspiring and bizarre. With over 30,000 known species of fish and over 6,000 different species of coral, the oceans are awe-inspiring havens for water-based wildlife. However, unlike on dry land, not everyone can access these areas nor get to shoot them without the right specialist equipment, both for the dive and the camera. 

Maria Munn first considered the idea of underwater photography when she was in hospital after sustaining life-threatening injuries in an accident in which she suffered 15 fractures. While in hospital, Maria watched a programme about whale sharks and decided that if she survived and could walk again, she wanted to learn to photograph them.

Underwater photography
Maria Munn

Maria Munn is an award-winning underwater photographer and a leader in teaching the genre with compact cameras, starting the UK’s first dedicated courses for beginners from her studio in Swanage, Dorset. Her first book, Underwater Photography for Compact Camera Users, is a best-seller, winning Book of the Year in the UK diving industry.


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Kim Bunermann
Technique Editor

Kim is the Technique Editor of Digital Photographer Magazine. She specializes in architecture, still life and product photography and has a Master's degree in Photography and Media with a distinction from the FH Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences in Germany. While studying, Kim came to the UK for an exchange term at the London College of Communication. She settled in the UK and began her career path by joining Future. Kim focuses on tutorials and creative techniques, and particularly enjoys interviewing inspiring photographers who concentrate on a range of fascinating subjects including women in photography, the climate crisis; the planet, its precious creatures and the environment.