Underwater Photography Internship in Paradise

For those interested in hearing more about the Underwater Photography Internship in Paradise, this is the final September 2016 report back.

By Ari Robinson

From amazing macro, mantas, turtles, schools of devil rays, close encounters with everything from humpback whales to whale sharks- this is what theUnderwater Photography Internship in Paradise, Mozambique, delivered in September 2016…The last two weeks of this program have been more than amazing. The ocean gave us gifts that we will never forget.The wide angle lessons started and everybody had this good energy and vibe. All the interns where excited to try these new settings for the first time so they put in a lot of effort and paid attention to understand how to take good wide angle shots. The first lesson was at the swimming pool and they practiced with models. Some of the interns were very creative and came up with artistic interpretations and ideas for their pictures

After the pool session they understood strobe positioning; how close you have to be to the subject and how to shoot objects in movement so they where ready to jump to the ocean to find some amazing megafauna!We all agreed that life  on this Underwater Photography Internship in Paradise at Guinjata was like the best dream ever, for us all; whenever we are not diving we exercise, play beach volleyball, climb the sand dunes, surf, go swimming, watch movies on the big outside screen, bake birthday cakes, organise card games on the weekends like Mexican Kings and learn photography at the same time. For me this is the best way to live life- surrounded with the perfect life adventure and amazing people.We dove all week at Manta Point, Extasy reef, Green Tree and Pandaine express. All these reefs are deep and we were lucky to find amazing marine life like friendly potato bass, loggerhead turtles, devil rays at our safety stops, beautiful schools of fish, huge stingrays and all this with great visibility.We also had the chance to do a night dive which was a lot of fun, we found many weird creatures, a green turtle sleeping on a cave and the best part is that we danced with our lights off surrounded by the bioluminescence of the plankton.

The best part of the Underwater Photography Internship in Paradise was yet to come when we got ready to do our first ocean safari. We asked the skipper Armando to go wherever he wanted to go because we trusted him and he said “ok I will find something nice for you”. We were sailing for about 20 minutes when in the distance I saw a couple of whales breaching so we went there to watch the show but when we arrived they were gone. 2 minutes later we saw a huge whale with her baby, we could tell that it was newly born as the colour of the skin was white and clean. We approached slowly and we saw that they were not moving a lot so Armando kept his distance but told us to get slowly in to the water without making any noise, to see if the whales would move towards us at all

We couldn’t see anything because we had been dropped far away from the pair but then we saw that they were coming directly towards us. We started swimming away from them, but they were still pretty close and some were able to take a shot before we got out of the water.This is my favourite picture which captured the best moment of that day, good job Kristin.


a mother humpback and her calf
a mother humpback and her calf

The next day on our Underwater Photography Internship in Paradise we were even happier when we came back from our dive and we heard on the radio that the skipper saw a whale shark so we jumped on board and went to find it. It was about 10 meters long and really beautiful, we had to swim hard to keep up with it but it was worth it! We couldn’t believe how lucky we were to have seen two such charismatic animals in such a short time- and all after the had brushed up on our wide angle skills. It was perfect timing.

On our last ocean safari  in our Underwater Photography Internship in Paradise we went to coral gardens, a beautiful shallow area full of life, perfect to play with the natural sunlight and some free diving models.On the way to the dive shop we swam with about 20 dolphins that were playing in the waves and we were thinking that this was one of the best weeks of our lives!The last days of the program we spent celebrating life and friendship, sharing the best pictures of the month and making plans to meet again somewhere else in the world.

Pepe and I want to thank  all that made this Underwater Photography Internship in Paradise a unique experience that (without a doubt) we will never forget.

Thank you Fiona Ayerst Underwater Photography, Africa Media and Guinjata Dive Centre for this opportunity.
Here are some of Fiona’s favourite photos from the wide angle gallery of September intern  Emmett O’cleireachain.

Bookings are now open for our Underwater Photography Internship in Paradise 2017 season which will run from 1 May until 15 October 2017. Mail info@fionaayerst.me or visit this page to apply