Biography | Richard Smith
DR RICHARD SMITH combines an in-depth academic knowledge of the marine environment with a unique skill for capturing stunning images. The result is a wide and varied portfolio documenting this seldom-seen habitat. His aim is to educate and impassion people about the sea through his images.
GETTING STARTED | Richard learnt to dive in 1996 and has since logged almost 3000 dives and training up to Dive Master status. Diving allows Richard to indulge his love of natural history and through his skills as a photographer he is able to communicate his love to a wider audience. Richard graduated with a BSc (Hons) degree in Zoology from the University of Southampton, England in 2002 and an MSc in Ecology and Evolution from the University of Queensland, Australia in 2005, for which he was also awarded the Dean’s Commendation for High Achievement. Combining this academic knowledge of the ocean's environments with his photographic skills, Richard is able to document the marine habitats with unique and stunning images.
PhD RESEARCH | In 2007 Richard began researching for his PhD on the biology and conservation of pygmy seahorses. His doctorate was awarded in April 2011. His work focuses on the gorgonian associated species, Denise’s (Hippocampus denise) and Bargibant’s pygmy seahorses (Hippocampus bargibanti). Please browse his ‘Pygmy Seahorse Research’ blog for more information about these amazing diminutive fish. This work has been carried out with much appreciated support from Wakatobi Dive Resort, Murex Dive Resort and Walea Dive Resort.
PUBLICATIONS | Richard has written dozens of articles published internationally with a primary focus on conservation, marine life and travel. Some of his publications include: Sport Diving (Australia), Alert Diver (USA), Asian Diver (Singapore), Scuba Diver AustralAsia, Scuba Diver TTL (gobal), Australian Geographic, two series in Sport Diver UK - 'Photographing Behaviour' & 'Critter Hunting' and a column in Sport Diver USA 'Species', Dive Chronicles (USA), FiNS (Singapore), Action Asia, DIVE (UK), Diver (UK), Marine Conservation Society (UK), DivePhotoGuide (online), Tauchen (Germany), Wild Travel (UK), 72 & Rising (Online) and has contributed images to Rough Guides Books and the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Richard also supports conservation initiatives such as ARKive, The Zoological Society of London and EDGE of Existence (Evolutionarily Distinct and Globally Endangered) with images.
DESTINATIONS & EXPERIENCE | Some of the locations that Richard has dived and photographed include: Australia (extensively on west, south and east coasts), Indonesia (Raja Ampat, Sulawesi, Komodo, Alor, Flores, Ambon and Bali), Papua New Guinea (Milne Bay, New Britain and New Hanover), Maldives, Micronesia (Palau and Yap), the Galapagos Islands, Cocos Island, Guadalupe Island Mexico, Sea of Cortez, Caribbean (Cayman Brac, Cozumel, Florida and the Turks and Caicos Islands), French Polynesia and the Red Sea. Online galleries can be browsed in the 'Photo Gallery' section. He has also shot underwater fashion - click here to view the gallery.
MARINE BIOLOGIST LED EXPEDITIONS | Richard has given marine life lectures for many years. He started out at Wakatobi Dive Resort in southeast Sulawesi, Indonesia as in-house naturalist during his PhD research and later became the resident marine biologst aboard the liveaboard Dewi Nusantara around Raja Ampat, Indonesia. In 2013 Richard began to lead his own trips, which take groups of divers to some of the world's best diving locations in search of certain species, habitats or behaviours. The aim is for divers to get more from their diving by learning more about the marine environment. Richard gives marine life talks during these charters on various aspects of marine biology. To learn more about his trips please visit his Expeditions page.
All photographs featured on this website are available to buy as stock for editorial or advertising purposes on a worldwide basis. Richard's images are represented by the specialist wildlife and nature image library, NHPA (part of the Photoshot group). Richard is also available for commissions. Please contact Richard to discuss your requirements
Email :: Richard@OceanRealmImages.com
Telephone :: +44 (0) 771 214 0207
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