1st place Adventure Photographer of the Year
Jason Gulley Mexico
A freediving instructor waits for their student to return from a dive below Cenote Angelita’s microbial cloud – a cloud that separates the light-filled freshwater above and the dark saline water below. “The microbial cloud is so thick that it appears to be a floor,” says photographer Jason Gulley, “and visibility inside it is almost zero. Visibility improves a little as you re-emerge into the pitch black saline water below.”
BEHIND THE LENS
Jason Gulley United States (US)
ABOUT THE IMAGE
- Camera: Nikon Z6
- Housing: Nauticam with 230mm glass dome port
- Taken using ambient light
- Shot ay midday
Jason Gulley is a research geologist and photographer based in Tampa, Florida. Jason’s research and photography emphasise caves, glaciers and climate change. He has a PhD in geology from the University of Florida (2010) and is a technical diving and rebreather instructor. Jason first picked up a camera (a Pentax K1000) in high school and his first professional job was shooting news and sports photos for the Harrison Press, his hometown community newspaper, in the cornfields of southwest Ohio. Jason’s research and photography career has taken him on expeditions from underwater caves in Florida, the Caribbean and Africa as well as to glaciers in Alaska, the Arctic and the Mt Everest region of Nepal. When not on expeditions, Jason teaches courses in geology and scientific diving at the University of South Florida and spends time with his girlfriend, Pati, and their rescue dog, Peacock.
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