Jim first became interested in marine photography in 2000 when working as a volunteer on a marine expedition to Fiji, over the last decade this passion has grown into a profession.
After completing an MSc in marine science in 2008 studying the Bumphead Parrotfish, Jim worked in the Caribbean and Egypt for various marine conservation NGO’s, carrying out marine surveys and training graduates and volunteers in marine flora and fauna identification.
In 2010, Jim set up freeunderwaterimages.com, a website promoting marine awareness and conservation through photography. Contributors upload images for users to download in their original quality, free of charge. People from all over the world enjoy using the images for everything from web design to art classes.
As an experienced dive master, free diver and marine scientist, Jim’s understanding of marine ecosystems and habitats has provided an excellent foundation for his professional photography career. Jim currently works at Cathy Church's Photo Centre in the Cayman Islands as an underwater photographer and underwater photography instructor, as well as cameraman and videographer for Cayman Photographers and Cayfilm (Cayman Islands International Film Festival).
Underwater Jim shoots a Panasonic GX1 and Olympus OMD-EM5II in Nauticam housings with S&S YSD1 strobes. For event videography Jim shoots the Black Magic 4K Cinema camera as well as the Black Magic Pocket Production Camera.
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