About me Jean-Yves Bignoux

Jean-Yves Bignoux

Jean-Yves Bignoux /Underwater Photographer /Oceanic Research /Scuba Instructor
Jean-Yves Bignoux /Underwater Photographer /Oceanic Research /Scuba Instructor

Jean-Yves Bignoux /Underwater Photographer /Oceanic Research /Scuba Instructor

Hello and thanks for visiting my profile ,my name is Jean-Yves Bignoux.I am an Australian originally from Melbourne,with Mauritian heritage and parents .I was born in Blantyre Malawi on the 21/11/1975 however,  but spent all my life in Melbourne Australia since the age of 4 years old.

Capturing and sharing photos as a way to experience the oceanic world while writing about the fundamental  scientific principles ,dive sites and marine life in Mauritius and on how our planet ocean works  while giving perspective and how  that relates to Scuba Diving  Underwater Photography and Marine Conservation  is what this website is all about.

I have a very strong interest in Marine Conservation , Marine Biology and Oceanography ,although i am not a scientist and never studied marine sciences formally  .

However over the last 15 years i have read ,studied and researched many aspects of Marine Biology ,Oceanography and Marine Conservation.Having said that i have collected and read some 47 books textbooks  on fundamental marine science ,oceanography, marine biology,marine conservation and environmental science.

The marine sciences have offered another window of understanding of  our marine environment while  photography compliments the knowledge gained after years of scuba diving professionally and being a former Journalist for several publications, ,whilst capturing  photos of marine life and the vast underwater world our planet has to offer is for me  a way to observe and document this oceanic world of ours .

I have worked as a Scuba diving Instructor and Divemaster for several years and been a Scuba Diver for 14 years overall   ,i have been doing Underwater Photography  for 13 years.

I used to work for the Nation Media Group as a Correspondent Journalist and Photographer  reporting on stories in Mauritius which covered environmental ,business and current affairs .I also photographed for the former Mauritius Dive MagazinDive Mauritius)as a Underwater Photographer.

To date i have written over 230 articles as a Journalist and taken countless photographs of Mauritius mainly underwater and many above water to document Mauritius islands natural beauty and unique environment .As a Photographer and i have taken many photos for news agencies in Africa and abroad on Mauritius as well.

I have a strong interest in our underwater environment  with a particular  focus on Marine Biology, Marine Conservation  and Oceanography,Scuba Diving and Marine Life.

These above mentioned subject matters i find most interesting ,fascinating  and that i am passionate about ,an area i can attempt to bring my scuba diving and journalistic background and experience to .

Writing about the Marine Environment and its many species while combining the scientific disciplines of Marine Biology ,Oceanography and Environmental Science from the perspective of a Scuba Diver and Underwater Photographer,this with the added foresight of the art and science of underwater photography and nature photography whilst using the knowledge gained as a scuba diver

Camera’s:  Canon EOS 7D Mark 1 ,Nikon D300 Nikon D7000 ,Ikelite underwater housing.Ikelite DS160 Twin flashes/strobes.Pentax K-x ,Pentax MX 35mm Film and Nikon L24 Compact

My Lenses: Nikon 18-55mm DX ED G MARK 2 3.5-5.6,Nikon AI-S 28mm 3.5 MF Prime ,AF Nikon FX 75-300mm 4.5-5.6,AF Nikon 28-80mm 3.5-5.6 D ,Sigma Aspherical 28-80mm D Macro,Nikon AF 1.8 D Prime,35mm Yongnuo 1.8 Prime,90mm Tamron SP 2.8 Macro Prime,Tokina 70-210mm ATX f4,Sigma 10-20mm EX DC HSM 3.5,Cosina 135mm  MC 3.5,Pentax 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6  SMC DA.

My Scuba Diving Certifications:PADI Assistant Instructor,PADI Divemaster,PADI Underwater Naturalist,PADI Digital Underwater Photographer ,PADI Coral Reef Conservation,PADI Enriched Air Diver-Nitrox and CPR/AED/First Aid Instructor .

Cheers ….Jean-Yves Bignoux


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