This forum will feature the underwater images of several prominent Australian underwater photographers and videographers. Each panel member will be invited to share a selection of their images and to discuss their journey, experiences, motivations, challenges and accomplishments in the realm of underwater image making. Whether you are an experienced photographer or new at it, this is your chance to discuss all aspects of underwater photography with the panellist of experts.
Underwater photographer/ videographer
Winner of the AIDE underwater photo competition in 2018, PT Hirschfield (aka Pink Tank Scuba) is an underwater photographer and monthly columnist for Dive Log Australasia magazine.
For 10 years, PT Hirschfield wrongly believed diving was only possible in the tropics. When she finally started exploring beneath the surface of Australia’s temperate waters, she encountered some of the most extraordinary marine life she’d encountered anywhere in the world.
Best known to her 75k Instagram followers as OneBreathDiver, Jules is a passionate marine videographer and photographer who started freedive training in Bali three years ago. Her fascination with the underwater world grew after she picked up a Gopro and started filming behavioural videos, where several of her videos even went viral on social media. More recently, Jules returned to scuba diving, taking her underwater adventures to another level.
Award winning photographer and wildlife tour leader with more than 10 years experience, Vanessa is known for her love for animals. She is passionate about sharing the beauty of the world around us and playing a part in protecting it. She hopes that her photography and experience sharing will increase people’s awareness of how diverse and beautiful nature is; and how important it is to protect it in every way possible.
Vanessa is a member of the Ocean Artists Society and an Ambassador for the Undersea Soft Encounter Alliance. In 2015, she was awarded the International Fund for Animal Welfare Animal Action Award as Marine Photographer of the Year.
Vanessa Torres Macho
Sydney based self-taught underwater photographer, Vanessa picked up a camera for the first time in 2011 and she has never looked back. After a decade of working around the globe as a dive instructor, she finally settled in Sydney where she keeps growing her fascination with deep wreck diving around NSW’s coast. Awarded in multiple photo competitions, Vanessa’s images have been featured in various magazines. She also participated in a collaborative exhibition at the Bondi Pavilion. Her focus is capturing the captivating wrecks and caves of the world.
Technical Diver & Underwater Photographer
After a childhood filled with swimming and lifesaving, Kerrie first started diving while living in Thailand in the mid-1990s, taking the sport up again years later on a trip with scientists tagging dwarf minke whales off the outer Great Barrier Reef – a journey filmed in a David Attenborough documentary.
Now a Global Underwater Explorers (GUE) technical diver and a multi-award winning underwater photographer, Kerrie continues to explore the world, photographing her underwater adventures in cold to temperate to tropical waters. She is particularly inspired by the people she meets who have made the ocean their life purpose.
Alison Perkins is a cave diver and technical diver who uses underwater photography and videography to document the world below from the secretive spawning of sundial snails to the sublime underwater caves of Mexico.
Alison is a contributing team member for the Mexico Cave Exploration Project (MCEP) and the Hoyo Negro Project. She is also one of the founding members of the GUE Project Baseline Tank Cave in Australia.
Living in Auckland, New Zealand, Alison’s photography and videography are hosted under the brand “Inspired To Dive”. Her work can be found on and her pages on Facebook and Instagram and www.InspiredToDive.com.
• Friday 31 July Halls 10am – 7pm • Marina 10am - 7pm
• Saturday 1 August Halls 10am – 7pm • Marina 10am - 7pm
• Sunday 2 August Halls 10am – 7pm • Marina 10am - 7pm
• Monday 3 August Halls 10am – 7pm • Marina 10am - 7pm