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Gabe Hearnshaw is a distinguished nature and conservation photographer with a specific affinity for the vast expanses of our oceans. A firm believer in the transformative power of the natural world, Gabe has dedicated the last few years to the exploration and preservation of our marine environments.

He is a seasoned photographer, a proficient free diver, a PADI-certified scuba diver, and a newly trained snorkelling instructor. Inspired by Ocean Ambassador Cal Major’s SUP adventures, Gabe has recently ventured into the realm of paddleboarding, further enhancing his relationship with the world’s waterways.

Gabe’s passion transcends the boundaries of exploration and conservation; he is also deeply committed to supporting individuals in their mental health journey. His past role as an on-call firefighter, where he served as a TRiM practitioner, has given him firsthand insight into the importance of mental well-being. Now, he uses his experiences as an Ambassador for Seaful Charity, using his mesmerising underwater photography as a therapeutic tool for managing his mental health and as a way for others to establish a deep connection with water.


Surfboard on beach

My training

Self trained photographer and cinematographer.

Qualified drone pilot.

PADI – Advanced Open Water, Nitrox, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Underwater Photographer.

BSAC – Snorkelling Instructor.

Former TRiM practitioner.

Former PHEM D first aider.

My kit

My standard kit consists of the following:

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Camera body

Canon R5, Canon 5D IV, Canon 1D IV

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Gitzo CF, Manfrotto CF

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Canon 400 f2.8 L IS, Canon 100-400 L IS, Canon 70-200 f2.8 L IS, Canon 16-35 f4, Canon 8-15 f4 fisheye, Canon 100 f2.8 macro, Canon 24-105 f4, Sigma 15 fisheye

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Other Equipment

Ikelite housings, Inon Z330 strobes, SUPE video lights, Mavic 3 drone

Many sharks photographed in black and white

My Features

Ocean Photographer of the Year – Instagram feature

Wildart Photographer of the Year – WET category – Top 100

Wildart Photographer of the Year – WET category – Highly Commended

Wildart Photographer of the Year – Airborne category – Top 100

Wildlife Photographer of the Year – finalist

GDT European Wildlife Photographer of the Year – finalist

SIPA – finalist

Working with

Get in touch

If you have any questions, I’d love to hear from you.

I am open for Conservation photography and Cinematography collaborations.