How did you get started in underwater photography?
I started diving in the mid-1990s, mainly diving the Red Sea and the Caribbean. I bought a compact digital camera circa 2010 and got well and truly bitten by the underwater photography bug.
What came first – diving or photography?
Definitely diving. I’ve been diving for 25 years and my interest in photography is recent, although I’ve always enjoyed the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibitions over the years. I still get the thrill of diving every time I hit the water, even though I now concentrate on my photography.
What’s in your underwater photography kitbag?
For the past three and a half years, I’ve been shooting with a Nikon D500 in a Nauticam Housing. I just love it, it’s so fast and I know it like the back of my hand. My ‘go to’ lenses are the Nikon 10.5mm fisheye for wide-angle, and the Nikon 60mm paired with a Nauticam CMC-1 for the small stuff. I use Inon Z240 and 330 Strobes depending on what I’m shooting.
Favourite location for diving and underwater photography?
It has to be Lembeh, North Sulawesi, Indonesia. It is home to the most diverse set of wacky critters on the planet. It never gets boring – every trip, every dive even, throws up something new and unexpected. Get me back there tomorrow!
Most challenging dive?
Diving Tiger Beach with eight huge tigers is certainly a challenge. You need eyes in the back of your head. Great fun!
Who are your diving inspirations?
Paul ‘Duxy’ Duxfield taught me a lot. His ‘kooky’ take on life reflects in his photography and inspired me from the start. Alex Mustard then took my photography to another level. Alex always innovates and produces groundbreaking and beautiful images. I also have to mention Martin Edge, who has always supported me with encouraging words and advice. I was lucky enough to spend two weeks in Misool with Alex and Martin earlier this year.
Which underwater locations or species are still on your photography wish list and why?
Cocos and Galapagos are top of my list. I’m heading to Galapagos next summer. Great whites are the species I’d really like to see. I tried in South Africa a few years back but the weather defeated those plans. One day!
What advice do you wish you’d had as a novice underwater photographer?
Listen to the pros. Go on dedicated photo workshops. Don’t listen to crap advice on Facebook from people who have no clue what they’re talking about!
Hairiest moment when shooting underwater?
I’m lucky to have never had a real emergency underwater. I have been viciously attacked though, by mundane Bermuda chub in Grand Cayman and voracious remoras at Tiger Beach The saddleback anemone fish of Lembeh are also particularly depraved. Fingers crossed I stay safe!
What is your most memorable dive and why?
Wow! So many great dives. My first great hammerhead dive in Bimini does stand out. It was late in the day with very poor visibility. The vision of a huge cephalofoil cutting through the silt was amazing, unforgettable!
Nick lives in Exmouth, Devon with his wife Rachel, son Ben and Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Daisy and works as a dental surgeon. Nick has been diving since the mid-90s but only began taking underwater photography seriously over the past six years.
Nick concentrates on marine life portraiture and is best known for his images that incorporate motion blur. Nick is a successful competition entrant, having multiple winning shots in the Underwater Photographer of the Year, the British Wildlife Photography Awards and winning the BSoUP Print Competition back-to-back in 2016 & 2017.
To see more of Nick’s work, follow him on Instagram at @nicholasmoreuw