Colin has been passionate about the ocean since childhood be it catching waves, freediving for crayfish or collecting fish as a 12 year old for his saltwater marine aquarium. He regrets not having an underwater camera to capture life on earlier travels and dive trips to the Red Sea, South Africa's northeast coastline, the Mexican Caribbean, California and the South China Sea.

As a dive instructor he followed his interest in the underwater world and in 2001 he purchased his first underwater camera. His efforts were rewarded by winning a gold medal at OCEANZ with one of his first underwater images taken with the camera.

These days he spends little time diving for food and more time underwater behind a lens capturing marine life in images while it still exists. He has found the immediate survival rate of life he captures through the lens to be significantly higher than with his childhood attempts at preserving life in a fish tank.

Colin chairs SEAFANZ, an underwater photographic society of which he is a founding member. His aim is to promote an awareness of the underwater environment through his images many of which are displayed on his website, www.UnderwaterDisplay.net. He hopes to instil in people a greater consciousness for the importance and fragility of our oceans by providing a moment's escape and respite from busy life. Underwater photographic travels outside of his home country of New Zealand have taken him to the Galapagos Islands, the Solomons, many South Pacific destinations and the Malay Archipelago.

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