Master A.B. Lee has photographed UW for 30 years & have explored waters of most countries in South East Asia, including the dive sites of Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines and Maldives. Mr AB Lee's amazing underwater photographs have awed and inspiredmany. An entrant in many major photography competitions both locally and internationally, he has clocked thousands of hours in the ocean capturing photos that gives his viewers a mesmerizing & intoxicating feel. Its not the pursuit of fame and money that drives his passion, but the satisfaction of taking a "great shot" is what sends him down into the deep, camera in hand, time and time again.
Scuba diving educator who love to make friend with the sharks
Azua Shafii become the first SSI Freediving Instructor in Malaysia since 2013 and also competitive freediver. She currently focus in training Freediving Instructor to teach freediving and training freediving athletes to compete in freediving competition under Apnea Odyssey Freediving Centre. In her free time, you can find Azua in Mermaiding and also modeling in underwater photo or video shoot.
Sue Yee has been diving since she was in high school. She pursued a Bachelor degree in Marine Science from the University of Malaysia Sabah and a Master Degree in the same field from the National University of Malaysia. While studying she was involved in various community-centered marine education work, both in Malaysia and Indonesia, working with children from primary level to university students. She has been working with Reef Check Malaysia for the past 11 years. She is a Reef Check Course Director and a Green Fins Assessor Trainer. She is currently based in Tioman Island working on Reef Check Malaysia’s Cintai Tioman programme to promote co-management of coral reefs.
Eric Goh is a professional photographer who embarked on his underwater photography journey 2 decades ago. His underwater images often grace international magazines and newspapers. His work has been commissioned by major tourism campaigns, book publishers and Royal Foundation. When not traveling for his photoshoots, he is a frequent speaker in photography events and judges international photo competitions.
He spent much of his time overseas, in the Unites States and New Zealand till his early 20s, he is a PADI Divemaster with over 1800 tanks experience and a novice PADI TEC Diver. He is also a professional underwater photographer, who loves the Japanese ocean and are dedicated to introducing the wonderful Japanese Ocean to the world.
Ipah Uid is an underwater photographer and a Padi Instructor from Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. She has been photographing underwater for more than 15 years and travels the world in search of marine life from the smallest to the biggest animals. Her main aim is to showcase how beautiful the underwater world is. She Is an award-winning photographer and has won more than 25 international awards throughout the world and has participated in many international judging in her career as well as showcasing her works in private galleries. She shares her knowledge in hopes that the future generation will able to continue to take care of the ocean as well as telling stories of creative photography and her Photography journey from macro to Wide angle and sharing her favorite places to be.
John Low is a founder of Adventure with John Sdn Bhd. An entrepreneur holding an MBA from Australia’s Macquarie University, John is also certified Course Director under the National Dive League, and has certified more than 5000 divers over the years. He is passionate about educating others, especially the young generation on survival skills in the wild and always be PREPARED SAFETY FIRST!
Kalsitinoor Set is a senior lecturer in the Tourism Management Program and reports at the Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Development, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT). Kalsitinoor has been studying the progress of Malaysia's dive industry and community. She is focusing her research on the relationship between Malaysia's SME tourism enterprises (TSMEs) and the success of the thriving dive industry. Recently, her emphasis was in the areas of Scuba Diving Operators and competencies among dive professionals. She is also involved in knowledge transfer with communities, particularly hospitality management with TSME.
A Technical Underwater Cave Explorer who currently conducting an underwater cave and mines exploration project in Malaysia. Currently, he is working on a cave exploration project in Sg Lembing and Kinta Valley, Malaysia with his exploration Team. Sg Lembing Mines is one of the deepest tin mines in the world at about 700m depth. In 2021, he and his team discover new abandoned mines which flooded Perak. Which is considered one of the deepest mines discover so far at Kinta Valley, Perak.
More than 25 years of experience as a diver and 20 years of experience as a diving professional. He currently holds an Instructor Certifier rating from SSI. Aside from also being an SSI Extended Range Instructor, he is also a certified A.S.S.E.T technician, a Mares Lab Instructor Trainer, and has dived extensively around the region. He is also an avid underwater photographer with photos that have appeared in several notable publications. He continues to train divers in a wide range of programs with Siput Scuba, the training center he co-founded.
After giving the corporate world a try, I decided it was not for me and followed my dreams to become a professional diver. I worked on various paradise islands in Malaysia where I won multiple awards for my outstanding achievement as a PADI Instructor. At some point, I decided to pick up underwater photography as a new challenge and immediately fell in love with it. Fast forward 10 years, I have been featured in several diving magazines and websites and have won multiple awards for my work. I try my utmost to document and create stories through my photography. So whether I am swimming with sharks in the Bahamas or fighting against the strong currents in Indonesia, it is always with a camera in one hand and my eyes wide open. You never know what might pop up and surprise you.
Patrick is a Creative Director in the advertising field as well as a professional underwater photographer in Malaysia. His work has greatly influenced many underwater photographers. Besides being an established speaker in most South East Asia dive expos, he is also an award-winning underwater photographer and judges for several underwater photo competitions. In the year 2014, he published his very first underwater photography book named 'WaterColour". You will often see his work featured in some of the resorts, liveaboard, and dive magazines. He is also an examiner for Diving Instructor World Association (DIWA) Underwater Photography Training Courses. Very often he conducts underwater photography courses within South East Asia.
As an avid traveler, Robin fell in love with diving in Egypt. What started as a hobby turned into a passion he could not ignore. After over a decade later in the diving industry, he now fully focuses on marine conservation as the Operational Director of the Tropical Research and Conservation Centre (TRACC) at Pom Pom Island, Sabah. Seeing the destruction of coral reefs firsthand all over Asia made him realize we can’t wait for change, which sparked him to join TRACC in 2017. Whether it is rehabilitating coral reefs; protecting turtles; or volunteering; everyone can play their part. Robin is passionately educating the new generations of divers about what impact they can have to be more environmentally friendly. Currently, he tries to convey this message through his recently picked up hobby: (UW) Photography
Sherwin has always had a passion for the ocean, and exploring colourful reefs to the smallest critters made him pursue a career as a scuba diving instructor. Besides conducting diving courses, he also ventured into underwater photography. After 3 years of working as a scuba diving instructor in the Maldives. He returned to Semporna and continued his diving career as a Dive Centre Manager in Pom Pom island for 4 years. Today, he’s a Resort Manager of The Buwan Dive Resort in Semporna and continues to inspire others.
Captain Sim Yong Wah a retired airline pilot by profession and a diver by passion, is one of Malaysia's pioneer underwater explorer and photographer. He learned to SCUBA dive in the early 70's. In 1980 he qualified as the first PADI Open Water diving instructor in Malaysia and in the same year opened Malaysia's first dive shop and dive school. In 1982 he won his first award for underwater photography. In 1992 he published the book "Malaysia's Undersea Heritage". He has a deeply felt belief that stringent conservation is the only way to ensure that our World's Undersea Heritage will not be just a memory in the future.
James Tan is a marine biologist. He specializes in coral biology and ecology with a particular interest in coral reproduction. He has been investigating the timing of hard coral spawning around Malaysia for the past 18 years. His focus areas are islands around Terengganu and east Sabah. Currently, he lectures at the Faculty of Science and Marine Environment, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT). He is also the Head of the Research and Education on Environment for Future Sustainability (REEFS) Research Interest Group established in UMT.
Tiur Aldha is a Senior Consultant Geoscientist who has been working for 20 years in Oil & Gas Industry mostly in SE Asia and Middle East. She studied Geology and Geophysics until Master Degree (MSc) in Indonesia. She is from Jakarta, Indonesia then moved to Kuala Lumpur since 2008 as formerly working several years for Petronas Carigali Malaysia. After settled down in Malaysia, together with her husband Azman Kamaluddin started up their own Dive Centre and Operator of Scuba Network Tenggol since 2017 based in Dungun, Terengganu that also the first IANTD (International Association of Nitrox & Technical Divers) Facility in Malaysia. Her passion in scuba diving since 2010 has been motivated her to exploring underwater in Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Oman and Red Sea then until she reached her diving level as IANTD Professional. She will share her knowledge about Insights of Tenggol Island in east coast of Terengganu from geoscience point of view and its uniqueness from land to underwater.
Her disappointment of not seeing sharks in the wild in Peninsular Malaysia resulted in her resolve to do more to keep sharks in our oceans. Becoming a scuba diving instructor provided a platform for her to influence new divers to know more about marine life and ways to conserve it. Through volunteering with several marine conservation NGOs, she has had the privilege to meet and learn from many researchers about the pressing issues threatening Malaysian marine life. She doesn’t think that conservation requires “grand gestures and huge effort”, instead small initiatives that can be incorporated into your daily life will be more impactful in the long run.