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NewsNovember 2013: DIVER magazine cover. I have always found schools of fish an inspiring object for photography. This one was taken in Sodwana Bay, South Africa with help of Grant from Shark Life.
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NewsFront cover of Czech BUDDY magazine. This image of pigmy sea horse was waken back in 2008 in Bunaken national park, north Sulawesi. Surprising selection that refreshes memories on beautiful place.
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NewsSeptember 2013: DIVER magazine cover. I am pleased to say that one of the images from my may trip to Marsa Alam was selected for the front cover of UK DIVER. This was my third trip to Marsa Alam and I am already planning next one.
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NewsMy participation on the third world ShootOut were successful again. Playing with off-lighting caught judge's eyes in the portfolio category and scored second whereas images taken on Bahamas in April ranked first. I am so happy! :)
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NewsSalzkammergut, Austria 2013: This year the autumn brought mild wheater and vibrant colors to Salzkammergut. Small rivers near Traunsee and Attersee offer an opportunity to include lots of above water atmosphere in the underwater pictures.
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NewsBahamas - April 2013: It takes a few minutes to get oriented in the mill game. Once I have acquired the necessary self-confidence again, I approach the bait to capture an unusual moment. The technique of blind shooting is used the most. Just like shooting from waist from an assault rifle. Who would stick his head in the shark teeth? Such a remarkable moment is Smiley’s biting teeth when being hand fed. On her raid to bait she would hardly accept a failure. As she initially tears off no fish piece, with teeth rattling on all sides she tries to get anything. The bared teeth and expressive facial muscles that control the powerful jaws, very clearly demonstrate the animal strength. Not so pleasant is the idea how easily her teeth penetrate the human skin, muscles and bones.
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NewsBali, Komodo, Indonesia - April 2013: Again I had an opportunity to travel to my favourite diving destination on assignment for german Unterwasser. This time with help of Marc Crane and Orca Dive Clubs on a closed circuit rebreather. It turned into a fantastic experience not only because it opened the door to another diving/photography dimension, but it completely changed the diver's appearance underwater. So far only CCR allowed me to see what animals really do when they do not feel threatened.
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NewsBonaire, Dutch Antilles - November 2012: I confirm that Bonaire truely deserves titel of the best shore diving in the world destination. Imagine driving in a SUV across the island loaded with tanks and stopping for a dive where ever you like, staying under water as long as you air supply let you and come back to hotel after sunset for another dive. This is Bonaire.
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NewsVery pleasing news came out in November when the results of World ShootOut were announced. My portfolio series from Mexico combining images from Cenotes and Isla Mujeres whale shark congregation ranked third and a single wide angle entry from Chaac Mool landed second. :)
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NewsSardinia, Italy - October 2012: With Lars Brinkmann, the editor in chief of german premier diving Magazine, we enjoyed the true essence of Sardinia above and under water. Highlight of the trip were dives on Loredan, a metal beauty completely covered in gorgonian sea fans.
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NewsIsla Mujeres, Mexico - August 2012: An underwater whale shark sight is always a fascinating experience. As a rule, however, it usually comes for a brief moment only, followed by days, months, even years of waiting for the next one. But here it feels quite different. After the initial face to face encounter I look at the camera display to review the first shots when suddenly another giant is rushing straight at me. Again I try to get the best possible position to photograph when another shark is approaching me from behind. These are invasions from all sides.
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NewsTulum, Mexico - August 2012: Hard to find words to discribe my feelings when I first time saw the underwater structures submerged in clear warm water. The light play in caverns and huge spaces were most inspiring for my photography. WOW!
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NewsWorld ShootOut Winner in destination portfolio category. I am proud to announce that my trip to near Traun river was so successful. In destination portfolio of 5 images I placed first.
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NewsKomodo, Indonesia - May 2012: For long time Komodo counts to the most beautiful places I have been to. Always when an opportunity to return arises, I start counting days to go. This time with Alex Kassler from german Unterwasser we had wonderful time spending more days in nothern Komodo diving with fish schools, then moved down to Makassar to famous Manta point and finish the cruise in Nusa Kode bay. Once again an amazing trip with biodiverse and exciting dives.
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NewsTraun, Austria - August 2011: Upper Austria has some absolutely stunning nature wonders. Beautiful lakes connected with crystal clear rivers rich on trouts. In August I spent a few days discovering river Traun, photographing water cascades, waterfalls, trouts and pikes.
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NewsSeychelles - September 2011: In late September I had the chance to travel to Indian Ocean to discover underwater life around remote islands of Seychelles. On assignment for german magazine Unterwasser a comfortable Neptune Warrior became our home for a week. Beside rich underwater life the landscape is even more breathtaking. Idylic beaches, white sand and palms are among the most beautiful I have seen. Thanks to Wiro dive, Neptune Warrior and Unterwasser.
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NewsItaly, France - September 2011: Truly - I was amazed what Mediterranean has to offer. Long time I have been diving in tropics around the world and did not return to Mediterranean until 2008. In September I travelled back to Italy/France boarders to dive deeper dive sites around Menton as well as wreck of Haven. Thank to Luca and Manuela Coltri - www.pianetablu.com I had absolutely fantastic experience, which I never believed can happen in Mediterranean. Rich purple and yellow gorgonians, plenty of fish, morey eels and small animals. Wreck of Haven is simply out of this world!
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NewsSharm, Egypt - July 2011: Old good Sharm! I really enjoyed beeing back to Sharm in summer time and realizing that the diving here is still what it used to be. I also ejoyed shooting in clear water with my new Nikon D7000. Again lots of fish schooling around Ras Mohammed, fabulous corals and much more. I hope this place will resist the pressure it is facing and stays so lovely.
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NewsNuweiba, Egypt - July 2011: With African Divers Nuweiba we had wonderful 4 days of shore diving in very relaxed place. Diving in Nuweiba is different from other typical egyptian destinations. Lots of interesting small creatures, some of the best soft corals I have seen, the most beautiful salad coral with thousand of anthias and baslets and no divers around!!! Special thank belongs to Daniel and Sara - www.africandiversnuweiba.com for their assistance. They are both great guides with eccelent knowledge of local marine life.
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NewsSouth Africa - February 2011: South Africa is one of my favourite destinations. Untouched reefs, lots of colors and regular big animal encounters. Sodwana Bay is fabulous place for diving, but regular storms around Madagascar bring rough seas, bad visibility and make photography very challenging. It was no exceptions in February when 3 meter waves caused underwater sand storm. The water movement was swirling sand all over the shallow reefs as well as on the deepest reefs. Finally we got lucky and met a whale shark baitball. One of the most exciting experience I have had underwater. Thanks for this!
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NewsMay 2011: Cover page of czech diving magazine BUDDY Potápění. Czech diving magazine BUDDY Potápění chose for its May/June issue one of my wreck images from Liguria. Wreck of plane FIAT BR20 Cicogna was shot in Imperia, Italy.
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NewsBeauties of Iceland: During my second trip to Iceland we were lucky to have 6 days of sunshine and 22 hours of daylight. Plenty of time to visit volcanic cracks as well as interesting dive spots in the fjords. Water clearity in the cracks is simply out of this world. Water from melting glaciers gets filtered trough lava layers and comes out in the cracks. Nothing but pure purity. Some make vodka from it, some dive in it. Earthquakes, active volcanos, boiling underwater geysirs - things associated with volcanic activity are happening here concentrated at very small area. This makes Iceland experience absolutely unique.
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NewsSeptember 2010: Cover of BUDDY magazine. I am pleased that one of my photographs from Liguria, Italy appear on the front cover of czech diving magazine BUDDY. Photograph of Cristo degli abissi taken in Portofino national park is well associated with this issue content - history and archeology underwater.
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NewsCocos Island, Costa Rica - August 2010: More than one year we were waiting to get to the Island of Sharks. The crossing took 32 hours one way and cut 3 days off the trip. Nevertheless it was worth it! This wild sharks sanctuary is beeing constantly targeted by longline fisherman. However, thank to guys from Marviva and National Park patrol who try to keep fisherman as far from Coco as they can, the place is still paradise for sharks. We saw loads of hammerheads, white tips, couple of whale sharks and even pair of frogfish. Cocos Island is one of a very few places left, where the nature is very close to what it has been for thousands of years. Please, help to protect Cocos Island - donate on http://www.marviva.net .
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NewsIceland - March 2010: On assignemt for german Unterwasser magazine we travelled to Iceland to experience some real winter diving. And so it was - cold. Temperatures around freezing point, overcast, wind, snow and rain were the attributes of this trip. However, underwater beauty amazed me. Unique structures and never ending visibility. Iceland is a natural wonder above surface as well as under it.
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NewsSouth Africa - Fabruary 2010: This was simply an incredible experience. Dolphins, whale sharks, schools and all you can dream of. Visibility was the only thing that was not always playing along. Thank to Rob and Samantha we had some fantastic moments in theese truely wild waters. Do I have to say where are we heading next year?
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NewsThailand, Burma - January 2010: We just returned from a fantastic trip in Andaman sea. On board of Giamani (www.diving-thailand-phuket.com) we travelled from northern islands Ko Bon and Ko Tachai up to Black Rock, where a half dozen of manta rays stayed with us entire diving day. Another highlight of the trip was Richelieu Rock with its unbelievable coral growth, schools of fish and small stuff. Special thank belongs to Colona Liveaboards for great service on board of wonderful Giamani vessel.
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NewsNovember 2009: Cover page of american Sport Diver. Another cover page for US diving magazine this year. I am very very pleased, because the contributors competition in this magazine is enormous. The photograph captured in Philippines, Puerto Gallera.
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NewsOctober 2009: Cover page of BUDDY diving magazine. I am pleased to say that this month czech diving magazine decided to have one of my sea cow images on the cover. Beside that the story about Gulf Fleet 31, deep wreck near Hurghada, is inside this issue.
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NewsMarsa Alam - September 2009: Just returned from my favourite destination in Red Sea, Marsa Alam. Once again I focused on the bay of Abu Dabbab to capture variety of animals living in theese grass fields. Turtles, dugong, rays. I dived with Orca Abu Dabbab, which delivered absolutely superb service. Theese guys managed to get things working accurately and on time. Great diving center!
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NewsJuly 2009: Cover page of BUDDY magazine. I am pleased that one of my green sea turtle images appeared this month on cover page of czech diving magazine BUDDY. Another successful image from Marsa Alam trip.
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NewsSafaga, Hurghada, Egypt - July 2009: On assignment for german magazine Unterwasser we discovered coral reefs around Safaga with Orca dive center. Our main goal was capturing the wreck of Gulf Fleet 31 which lies in depth of 100 meters. Thanks to Orca Safaga dive center which delivered absolutely top notch service. Another thank to Marc Crane for his professional and friendly approach! If you plan to dive that area, dive with Orca.
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NewsSardine Run, Aliwal Shoal, South Africa - June 2009: 3 weeks trip started with observing of anual sardine migration along the Transkei coast. Sardines arrived late this season. Furthermore from the beginning we were dealing with bad visibility. However, we had nice time with observing whales, thousands of dolphins and birds patiently waiting for the day when sards come... Sardine Run really is about waiting for that one day!
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NewsJuly 2009: Cover of Sport Diver magazine. I am pleased that one of dugong shot appears on Sport Diver magazine. Actually I start to realize how productive that trip was. I took us quite long to find the sea cow but once we did it was worth the trip.
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NewsFebruary 2009: Cover of DIVER magazine. I am pleased that one of my turtle images from Marsa Alam appeared on the cover of february issue of british DIVER magazine.
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