During April and May 2016, we are hosting “Cape Town’s Underwater Wilderness”, an underwater photography exhibition featuring spectacular images, by nine of South Africa’s top photographers, dedicated to the marine world found off the coast of the Western Cape. Eighty of the photos will be sold at R1 000 each and each photographer’s top photo will be offered up on auction. All funds raised will be donated to Shark Spotters and will be used for a shark research project.

Kate Jonker

Kate Jonker is an underwater photographer from Gordon’s Bay who specialises in macro photography. Visit her website here.

“I live in Gordon’s Bay, 45km outside Cape Town, and much of my local diving is done here too,” says Kate. “Diving in Gordon’s Bay is Cape Town diving at its best - incredibly unspoilt, with colourful, marine-rich reefs and kelp forests that hug the rugged eastern coastline of False Bay.

“I first started taking underwater photographs in 2012 as I wanted to show others how beautiful and unique the diving in my home town of Gordon’s Bay really is.

“My passion is macro photography as I love to highlight the beauty, colours and textures of our marine creatures – many of which are very small and tend to get overlooked by divers. I also believe that all fish have their own individual personalities and I try to bring these out in my fish portraits.

“Photography is a fantastic medium in which to highlight the beauty – and plight – of our oceans." 

“Images can stir many emotions and we, as underwater photographers, have the opportunity to tell visual stories about our underwater world.”

“Cape Town offers some of the best diving in the world – from sharks, seals, wrecks, kelp forests and vibrant reefs, there is so much to experience.”

Be sure to check out Kate's photography, along with the work of eight other photographers when you visit the Aquarium in April and May! If you are interested in purchasing any of the prints, please email members@aquarium.co.za.

The exhibition is co-sponsored by Orms Print Room & Framing, Nauticam and Dive Action.

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