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Photographer of the Week – Laura King

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South Africa has incredible wildlife on land and also amazing underwater life. It’s the best of both worlds for me as an underwater wildlife photographer.

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We just did a dive trip to Menorca, Spain. Our last dive was a wreck dive called the Santa Clara, which was at 47 metres. We found some really beautiful flatworms down there that we photographed.

Who are your heroes?

As a big fan of doing split shots (under/over the water) I am a big fan of David Doubilet. I also have a lot of respect for Ellen Cuylaerts who I think is leading the way for female underwater photographers.

Best piece of advice

For underwater, I was told to always swim with my camera out ready to take the shot, so that I wouldn't have to scare any fish with sudden movements. Whenever I dive, I am always ready to shoot and am often able to get much closer without disturbing marine life. I was told early on not to waste money on cheap lenses.

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Favourite lens?

Canon 600mm f/4L IS II.

Most memorable moment?

One of my most memorable moments was arriving to the dock to go and photograph hammerheads for the day, only to find out that I would be joined by Jean-Michel Cousteau and his team who were shooting his 3D ocean special. The hammerheads were incredible that day and being able to watch Jean-Michel and his team filming was really quite spectacular.

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