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Alex

Underwater Photographer of the Year 2024

by Alex - 24th April 2024
One of the highlights of my year is chairing the judging panel and presenting the winners of the Underwater Photographer…
Ivana and Janez

Lightweight Kit for Video and Photography

by Ivana and Janez - 23rd January 2024
Most lovers of the underwater world like to share what they experience while diving. Even as a professional photographer, I…
Alex

Coral Connections – Awarded in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year

by Alex - 20th December 2023
I am enjoying a great run of success in the most prestigious nature photography contest of them all – the…
Alex

Photographing History

by Alex - 26th September 2023
Like many people, my highlight of a Red Sea trip is often diving on the wreck of SS Thistlegorm, with…
Franco and Sabrina

The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation Environmental Photography Award 2023

by Franco and Sabrina - 9th June 2023
Occasionally I enter prestigious international photo contests. The selected pictures have the power to leave a mark, spread knowledge, foster…
Dan

Get close and then get closer! Underwater photography tips with Dan

by Dan - 9th May 2023
Wide angle photography is difficult to master. Small details make all the difference, it can take years of practise, some…
Alex

Underwater Photographer of the Year 2023

by Alex - 24th February 2023
The winners have been announced for the 2023 edition of the Underwater Photographer of the Year contest, a competition that…
Alex

Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2022: Bootlace Barcode

by Alex - 28th October 2022
It is fantastic to be awarded in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest again, the premier contest in nature…
Alex

Underwater Photographer of the Year 2022

by Alex - 16th February 2022
These are a few of the stunning winners from the latest edition of the prestigious Underwater Photographer of the Year…
Ivana and Janez

Shark Behaviour on the Alimatha Reef – Capturing the photo

by Ivana and Janez - 10th February 2022
Nature’s behaviour surprises us every day... Alimatha reef, which is famous for the large number of sharks that live in…
Alex

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

by Alex - 20th October 2021
The Wildlife Photographer of the Year is regarded universally as the pinnacle of nature photography competitions. It is arguably the…
Alex

Scottish Freediving Photography

by Alex - 30th August 2021
The chilly waters of Scotland do not attract many visiting divers but they should. Scotland’s geologically splintered coastline means that…
Damir

8th Mares Underwater Photo Marathon 2020

by Damir - 3rd June 2020
Another very competitive Mares Underwater Photo Marathon has come to an end. We are proud to say that the 8th…
Mares

Davide Lombroso wins his 5th Italian Underwater Photography title!

by Mares - 16th October 2019
Incredible performances from the underwater photographers of Team Mares continue! Davide Lombroso of CI CA SUB Seatram in Bogliasco, Italy…
Marjan Radovic

Freediving – Marjan Radovic photographs Tijana Nikolic

by Marjan Radovic - 4th September 2019
Freediving is an activity as old as humanity itself. More than any other sport, freediving is based on subconscious reflexes…
Mares

Mares Interviews: Underwater Photographers Ivana Orlovic Kranjc and Janez Kranjc!

by Mares - 18th October 2018
Recently we caught up with photographers and Mares ambassadors Ivana Orlovic Kranjc and Janez Kranjc. They have been representing and…
b_rad

“Shark Splits” Photography Workshop in Yap, Micronesia

by b_rad - 13th April 2018
MantaFest photography workshop & image festival is going on it’s 11th year and ever-evolving with new advanced workshops and shooting…
b_rad

Photographer engulfed in manta ray mating dance in Yap, Micronesia

by b_rad - 12th February 2018
One of the greatest shows underwater is seeing Yap's resident manta ray population fully engaged in courtship - "dancing mantas".…
b_rad

Take part in the 11th Annual Manta Fest Photo Festival!

by b_rad - 2nd February 2018
Learn Pictorial Design in UW Photography Balance, harmony, pattern, unity, contrast, proportion, variety and movement in your image, is pictorial…
b_rad

The “Biggest” Little Photo Workshop in the Diving Industry

by b_rad - 6th September 2017
The biggest in prizes that is. This summer some photographers are going to win almost $10,000 in Mares gear along…
Franco and Sabrina

Fun, tech diving, photo pro, friends … what else?

by Franco and Sabrina - 25th July 2017
All over Croatia the sea is crystal clear with millions of shades, promising and seductive. It embraces a strip of…
Mares

Photo exhibition on ocean acidification opens at GEOMAR

by Mares - 27th September 2016
A new photo exhibition by two nature photographers centres on the organisms on which climate change research is currently focused…
b_rad

Unique Mares Photog Party, Micronesia

by b_rad - 8th July 2016
MantaFest is an annual international photography festival held in Yap at Manta Ray Bay Resort & Yap Divers that is known for being…
Mares

Photo mosaic marks successful end to expedition

by Mares - 22nd September 2015
Scientists return to ploughed seafloor to assess condition of terrain Imagine gigantic unmanned crawler vehicles moving along pre-programmed paths on…
Andi

Blue Whales in the Balance – Mirissa, Sri Lanka

by Andi - 28th May 2024
Off the coast of Mirissa, Sri Lanka, it felt like we had the whole ocean to ourselves. It was barely…
Ivana and Janez

A mysterious fleet at the bottom of Lake Ohrid

by Ivana and Janez - 20th May 2024
In North Macedonia, at the bottom of Lake Ohrid, there is a mysterious sunken fleet. The ships sank during World…
Alex

Exploring Raja Ampat

by Alex - 16th May 2024
I am fortunate to dive and travel widely while running underwater photography workshop trips. Everyone is always excited before these…
Kathryn

5 great reasons to go diving in Japan

by Kathryn - 9th May 2024
With its rich culture, stunning landscapes, and diverse underwater ecosystems, Japan offers an unparalleled diving experience that beckons adventurers from…
Andi

Shifting Baselines – Hong Kong, Sar

by Andi - 18th April 2024
The research team had warned us upfront about the perilous diving experience ahead. One not marked by surreal encounters with…
Ivana and Janez

Gobies – Small, cute and sneaky

by Ivana and Janez - 15th April 2024
There are more than 2000 species of gobies in one of the largest bony fish family, Gobiidae.  They can be found…
Andi

Our Encounter with the Ocean Tigers – Fiji

by Andi - 21st March 2024
As we descended into the dark and murky waters off the Fijian coast, the weight of anticipation settled in. Immediately…
Ivana and Janez

The master of camouflage – The prickly leather-jacket fish

by Ivana and Janez - 18th March 2024
When we saw the pictures that our photographer Janez Kranjc had taken, we joked that he had found a "hairy fish".…
Andi

Mares goes to the Edges of Earth to transform online discourse with ocean good news

by Andi - 14th March 2024
Love it or hate it, social media is here to stay. And unfortunately, its general discourse has become harder to…
Nik

Apnea Under Ice – The Ultimate Challenge

by Nik - 29th February 2024
Diving under ice is a huge challenge both for the diver and their equipment. This is the third time I have organized…
Alex

Diving with Dragons

by Alex - 15th February 2024
The northern islands of Wolf and Darwin are the most famous dive spots in Galapagos, but the highlight of my…
Ivana and Janez

Deepspot – The deepest pool in Europe

by Ivana and Janez - 8th February 2024
They say Warsaw is the most beautiful in December, when the Christmas and New Year atmosphere engulfs it. We had the…
Alex

Galapagos – Diving Turned Up To 11

by Alex - 5th February 2024
Ecuador’s Galapagos Islands are an archipelago consisting of 13 main islands (five of which are inhabited), seven minor islands and…
Kathryn

6 of the best shark diving experiences for new divers

by Kathryn - 1st February 2024
For many scuba divers, going diving with sharks is a bucket-list experience and it can easily turn into a lifelong…
Franco and Sabrina

Leatherback sea turtles

by Franco and Sabrina - 18th January 2024
A leatherback turtle swimming gracefully through the open ocean is arguably one of the most majestic sights in the natural…
Mares

The 10 most-read Mares blogs of 2023

by Mares - 28th December 2023
It's almost the end of 2023, and Mares would like to re-propose some of the most-read articles of the year from our blog...…
Alex

Blackwater in Anilao

by Alex - 26th December 2023
Anilao is a great muck diving destination, particularly famed for nudibranchs, frogfish, octopus and many more A-list critters. It is also…
Marjan Radovic

Finding an underwater archaeological site

by Marjan Radovic - 7th December 2023
Diving is not just a sport, but an adventure that opens up doors to an underwater world full of mysteries…
Franco and Sabrina

Baja California Sur Safari – 2023 season

by Franco and Sabrina - 28th November 2023
It’s easy to understand why we return to Mexico's Baja California Sur almost every year. The five destinations we visit…
Ivana and Janez

The submerged church of Saint Archangel Michael – Lake Rovni, Serbia

by Ivana and Janez - 17th November 2023
Not far from Valjevo, on the river Jablanica, near the villages of Stubo and Rovni, a dam was built for…
Ivana and Janez

Wreck Freediving

by Ivana and Janez - 9th November 2023
Freediving is exciting in itself, even more so on the wrecks of sunken ships. We recently had the opportunity to interview Nik…
Ivana and Janez

Diving the HTMS Sattakut wreck – Thailand

by Ivana and Janez - 17th October 2023
The Gulf of Thailand hides many interesting sites for divers beneath its surface. One of these world-class locations is the…
Alex

Little Cayman – A special diving adventure!

by Alex - 13th October 2023
As I’ve written before, Grand Cayman is one of my favourite places to teach underwater photography. The conditions are inviting…
Franco and Sabrina

Hanifaru Bay: In a flying vortex

by Franco and Sabrina - 10th October 2023
Are you looking to be enveloped in a flying vortex of Mantas? Get ready, it doesn't happen often. Have you ever…