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Underwater Photography

Learn vital skills for shooting under the waves. Led by a professional underwater photographer, students will be guided through the essential skills required to master both SCUBA diving and underwater photography.

Underwater Photography Training Program

Acquire the knowledge and practical skills required to master the art of underwater photography while exploring the fascinating diversity of the stunning coral reefs of the warm Indian Ocean. The underwater photography program uses DSLR cameras in Sea&Sea housings paired up with exceptional strobe lighting and other accessories.

Developed by internationally acclaimed underwater photographer, journalist and conservationist Fiona Ayerst, this course will empower students to see and explore the underwater realm in a totally new and intimate manner. Apart from the usual theory, you’ll learn how a deep understanding of, and connection to, the marine world helps you to capitalise on the natural curiosity of the marine inhabitants. Fiona’s team will teach you how to capture perfectly exposed and composed images. For more advanced students creativity flow and learning new techniques are key.

Pre-requisites 

The program involves extensive SCUBA based photography dives. To participate in these dives, participants must be a minimum of open-water SCUBA certified. We require that non-certified participants gain certification prior to the start of the program during either a 1 or 2-week intensive SCUBA diving training course. Book your certification course here

Flexi-booking special

Africa Media is offering a ‘Flexi-booking’ special during the challenges of Covid-19. When booking with Flexi-booking, you are able to secure your spot at a $250 discount and only choose which month you will attend when you are comfortable you can travel safely and securely.

Program Fees

$3350

$3600

Includes

28 day program

Underwater photography tuition

16 SCUBA / freedive trips

2 Terrestrial trips

Underwater DSLR camera kits

Accommodation

Meals

Internet

Local travel

Dates

Program dates

  • 1 – 28 May
  • 1 – 28 June
  • 1 – 28 July
  • 1 – 28 August
  • 1 – 28 September
  • 1 -28 October
  • 1 – 28 November

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Alumni Reviews

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Rating of Average of 9.5 on a total of 10 Ratings
Felicia Sutjahjo
December 12, 2019
The underwater photography internship is amazing!

Fiona is very knowledgeable, professional and has the patience of an angel. She genuinely wants you to excel as a student and takes your personal level and goals into consideration. I came as an amateur photographer and an amateur diver and can confidently say that I left better at both crafts. We were a group of 6 and Fiona observed and evaluated everyone individually, giving each of us personal assignments and advice. The program is well thought out and(...)

Kyra Kalageorgi
May 15, 2019
scuba diving isn’t just a sport– it’s a lifestyle

I’ve realized that every time I travel to an unfamiliar location, my perspective of the world warps and changes.  Africa, the Underwater Photography Internship led by Fiona Ayerst with the help of Shalini Tewari and Martin Totland, all of the people I’ve encountered on this internship, and just scuba diving in general has changed every previous plan I had lined up in my life. I soon began to realize that scuba diving isn’t just a sport– it’s a lifestyle. Follow my Blog and see my new life! 

Miguel Mercado
May 14, 2019
Underwater photography adventures

Hi, I took my UWP course in Mozambique, the experience is amazing. Theres so much to learn and so much biodiversity to see, that one month is not enough to enjoy that beautiful country. The UWP internship is ok for entry level UW Photographers or more advanced ones. Fi and her staff are the best teaching UWP. Guinjata's Dive Centre is the best Dive operator in Mozambique, all the staff are the best for making sure you have a great time on land and(...)

Rachel Price
May 14, 2019
It was a great experience

My month spent in Mozambique was truly one of the best of my life.

The program was well organised and structured, building from foundational skills to more advanced techniques as the weeks went by. I felt completely supported in my learning - I joined the program with no underwater photography experience, but quickly developed a deep passion, and I felt confident and skilled to take this forward at the completion of the course. The support to alumnis(...)

Jack Austin
August 5, 2018
An experience of a lifetime

Having the opportunity to spend a month in Mozambique, learning the art of Underwater Photography, was well and truly one of the most inspiring experiences I've ever had. Mentored from Fiona Ayerst, a world-renowned underwater photographer, I managed to cultivate the skills and understanding of Underwater Photography in a friendly and positive environment. The course is set in Guinjata Bay, a remote bay near the town of Inhambane, providing the perfect(...)

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SYLLABUS

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Discover the underwater adventures and expert tuition that our underwater photography training program includes.

PORTFOLIOS

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Take a look at the wonderful underwater and cultural photographic portfolios produced by our underwater photo interns.

PLATFORMS

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The program runs from Scottburgh, South Africa. Here we explore incredible dive sites of the world renowned Aliwal Shoal.

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