Beautiful manta rays off the Maldives.
Beautiful manta rays off the Maldives.

Underwater odyssey for Yamba photographer

IT'S hard to believe Yamba's award- winning underwater photographer Christine Hamilton has not long been involved in this photographic genre. And if these photos are anything to go by, she has a gift for capturing the underwater world.

Christine's passion for this submerged art form has taken her and her husband to some of the world's most remote and exotic places.

The Maldives, Solomon Islands and Indonesia are but a few of the places where she has recorded creatures no bigger than her little finger nail and others many times larger than herself - and in locations very few people would have ever seen.

"Most photos and locations have a story attached to them and make for a good conversation with friends around a dinner table, with a lot of these little creatures having interesting mating habits and sex lives," Christine said.

Clownfish (Mr and Mrs Nemo) look nervous as a large wrasse swims overhead – Solomon Islands.
Clownfish (Mr and Mrs Nemo) look nervous as a large wrasse swims overhead – Solomon Islands. Christine Hamilton

The Yamba-based photographer has always been a bit of a water baby, growing up around the beach and water in general and loved snorkelling.

But it was a trip to Fiji seven years ago that transformed her life. Seven years later and 700 dives under her belt, she says being below water is the most relaxing place to be in the world.

"When you are under water nothing else matters, something shifts within you, it is an alien world which is a privilege to view and record," she said.



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