Underwater Photographer Alex Dawson Interview | Scuba Diving

Meet Underwater Photographer Alex Dawson

A Q&A with the Wide-Angle category winner of Scuba Diving's 2018 photo contest.

Alex Dawson

RO-24 wreck off Latvia

Alex Dawson

Age: 43 

Alex Dawson

1st Place Winner, Wide-Angle: Alex Dawson

Alex Dawson

How long have you been a shooter: 25 years, 19 professionally 

How long an ­underwater shooter: Same 

How long diving: 25 years 

Day job: Commercial ­photographer ­

Favorite ­underwater camera: Nikon — I love everything about them

Most unforgettable moment underwater with a camera: There are so many. One favorite is descending on the World War I ­steamer Aachen, a very deep (260-plus feet) and well-preserved wreck three hours from the closest shore in the Baltic Sea. It’s like diving in a fantastic museum that almost no one has visited.

Favorite place to be underwater with a camera, and why: Any place with good viz. I like big — think landscape photography underwater.

Next underwater photography trip: Next trip will be snorkeling in the Verzasca ­River in Switzerland; after that, joining a project in ­Croatia on a wreck named Rossarol, an Italian light scout cruiser sunk ­during WWI.

No. 1 bucket-list dive destination: Antarctica. I would love to dive where the ice is 30 feet thick — to drill a hole and dive under the ice where no one has been.

Underwater shooter you most admire: Zena Holloway has been an inspiration for many years for her skills in combining underwater and fashion.

Advice for shooters entering their first photo contest: Choose an image that makes a strong impact on first ­impression — don’t bother too much with the technical part.