Underwater Photography

Learn vital skills for shooting under the waves. A hand-selected team personally trained by renowned uw photographer Fiona Ayerst will guide you through these essentials. Come to tropical Mozambique or adventurous Durban.

Acquire the knowledge and practical skills required to master the art of underwater photography and videography while exploring the incredible diversity of the stunning coral reefs of the warm Indian Ocean. The course uses  dSLR cameras in Sea&Sea housings; DSLR and panasonic video and GoPros together with exceptional LED lighting and 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. We focus on becoming part of the marine world; using specialised breathing techniques and capitalising on the natural curiosity of the marine inhabitants. Fiona’s team will teach you how to capture the perfectly exposed and composed images and film. Creativity and new techniques are key.

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Professional DSLR photo kit

Program tuition

20 Dive package

Dorm accommodation

Full meals

Local transport



Quick Info

Student portfolios

View all the videos, photographs, and stories of our alumni on the underwater photography program – VIEW PORTFOLIOS HERE

Program dates

  • 1 – 30 May (South Afr.)
  • 1 – 30 June (South Afr.)
  • 1 – 30 July (South Afr.)
  • 1 – 30 August (South Afr.)
  • 1 – 30 September (Moz.)
  • 1 -30 October (Moz.)
  • 1 – 30 November (Moz.)

Program syllabus

The program is structured around a 20 dive SCUBA package. the full syllabus can be viewed here – VIEW PROGRAM SYLLABUS

Program FAQ's

We have answered all the most common questions that student interns have here on the programs FAQ page. VIEW FAQ PAGE

Alumni Reviews

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Rating of Average of 9.44 on a total of 9 Ratings
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(...)

Amanda Kowalski
March 21, 2018
Highly recommend the underwater photography course

Loved loved LOVED every second I spent with Africa Media! I was blessed with an incredible group of people, one that I consider family forever, and learned about the South African culture, from braais to the language, to the people. Highly recommend the underwater photography course to ANYONE interested in spending a month diving with a camera in hand to capture all the magnificent creatures Africa has to offer.

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


The underwater photography internship runs out of two seperate locations: Guinjata Bay – Mozambique & Durban – SA.

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