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Ken Thongpila
Australia
Founder and Editor http://www.aboutken.com

I live and work in Sydney. I started my underwater photography in 2004 and I bought my first Canon Compact camera after I finished my Advance Certificate. Since then I hardly dive without my camera. 

In October 2011 I created the UWMP group to share my knowledge with the members. Since then I have learnt from members and also helped members learn tips and tricks of underwater photography so we can all improve our skills faster. We can see the results on the group with more beautiful photos and not just green and blue photos anymore.

My favourite macro critter is the Nudibranch, they have many colours and details and I am always very happy every time I see a new species that I haven’t seen before. 

My favourite macro destination is Anilao, Philippines. This place is macro heaven, rich and rare critters and lots of different nudibranchs. 

Tammy Hauk
USA.
Admin Page https://www.facebook.com/tammy.hauk

I'm an accountant, living in the middle of the USA.  I got SCUBA certified in 2006, continued with Advanced and then Rescue certifications in 2009.  I purchased an underwater camera in 2010, because I could not find words to describe the underwater world to friends.  With a camera in hand I started diving slower, and began to see more - and smaller - sea creatures.  

I became fascinated with the tiny macro critters because of the challenge they are to photograph well.  I love to photograph tiny octopus, because of their funny behavior.  My favorite macro destination is the Philippines, because of the critters and it's fairly easy to get to.

Marjon Phur
Australia
Admin Page https://www.facebook.com/marjon.phur

To Say I love diving and underwater photography would be an understatement.  What started out as a try dive on the Great Barrier Reef has led me to dive in the most beautiful of destinations such as The Red Sea, Thailand, Sipidan, Raja Ampat, Komodo, Sulawesi, Ningaloo Reef & my favourite Tulamben in Bali. 

I am a member of the West Australian Underwater Photography Society in Perth where I have met many wonderful friends and we usually get out at least once a week for a dive to practice the passionate interest we all share. 

My favourite macro subject would be that I don’t have a favourite, there are so many and I love them all however I am quite partial to Frogfish.

I am very proud to be a part of the Underwater Macro Photographers Group and hope we can continue to appreciate, enjoy and learn from each other’s amazing photos.

Sue Myburgh
Australia
Admin Page https://www.facebook.com/sue.myburgh.73

I grew up in UK & scuba diving was something I always wanted to do but only saw on TV. I now live in Western Australia and I finally learnt to dive in 2004. A couple of years later went to a talk by Glen Cowans (a local West Australian Underwater Photographer) and knew instantly that this was what I wanted to do. I love Macro and abstract and all the colours and patterns I see whilst diving. I started with an Olympus point and shoot but realised quickly that I needed more control. I now use an Olympus Pen EPL 3.

I joined my local Underwater Photography Club about 5 years ago and have met some amazing friends and photographers through this and between them and UWMP my passion has become an obsession and now find I live, breath and sleep Underwater Photography.

My favourite destination is Indonesia and have dived in New Zealand, Sipadan, Thailand, Komodo, Sangeang, North Sulawesi and try to get to Tulamben area of Bali as often as I can.

Alex Tyrrell
Thailand
Monthly Judge http://www.Dive4photos.com

I started out taking underwater photos on a compact camera in 2003, getting more serious by 2006, when I upgraded to DSLR. After working as a dive instructor in Thailand and then spending a season on a live-aboard in Borneo, I worked as the Photo Pro at Atlantis Dive Resorts in the Philippines, spending nearly 4-years diving and shooting at the macro hot-spots of Puerto Galera and Dauin.

I have written articles on underwater photography techniques for DivePhotoGuide and UWP Magazine and had my images published in the dive media. I am now based in Thailand, operating Dive4Photos, providing underwater photography training and running photo trips and workshops throughout Asia. 

Iyad Suleyman
United Arab Emirates
Monthly Judge http://www.iyadphotography.com

I began diving in 2008 and at the same time I was amazed with the beauty of seascapes and underwater inhabitants. Short time after that I bought my first compact camera and UW photography became my passion. In a little while I switched to D-SLR cameras.

Several times a year I travels to different interesting dive destinations to take underwater pictures. The waters, where I dive, are at the different sides of our world (the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Jordan, Egypt, Djibouti, Ukraine etc.), but as he is based in Emirates - almost every week I dive and take UW pictures in Indian Ocean, UAE coast.

I like every kind of underwater photography, but especially I am carried away by the macro and super macro photography. I like to capture small subjects in details to show their hidden beauty and singularity. My favourite subject is Blenny and my collection of bellies’ portraits is quite big and impressive. 

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By:  Jason Cedric Apostol
Week No 38  :  18 Sep 2017
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By:  Brad Pryde‎
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