Featured Photographer | Michal Štros

Featured Photographer Michal Stros


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Michal Štros is a Czech biologist, scientist and underwater photographer who has been diving for more than 20 years. His profession enabled him to travel around the globe and to be often close to the places which are regarded as the best places for scuba diving, but it wasn’t until he dived the Great Barrier Reef of Australia for the first time that he developed a passion for underwater photography.

Michal's favourite dive locations are the Cayman Islands, Bali/Lembeh (Indonesia), Egypt, the Great Barrier Reef, Sipadan/Mabul (Malaysia), and Aliwal Shoal inSouth Africa. His favourite species for underwater photography are the 'mini monsters and little beauties' found in muck diving locations.

Michal's photos are regularly published in scuba diving magazines and presented at exhibitions. He has received several awards in underwater photography contests, including an Honorable Mention in the Underwater Art category of the Ocean Art 2020 Underwater Photography Competition. 

His current 'pet' is a Canon 80D with Ikelite housing; fisheye, 60mm and 100mm macro lenses; Subsee diopters and RETRA snoot. Some of his underwater photos are processed using creative tools, by a combination of underwater photography and digital software to create captivating – sometimes even surrealist – images.

Michal has recently published a book, The Silent World through the Lens of Underwater Art Photography, available in both Kindle eBook or paperback are available on Amazon).  

01 Surrounded by Oceanic black tip sharks Aliwal Shoal

Surrounded by oceanic black-tip sharks
Aliwal Shoal, South Africa


02 Time for love the engagement dance of the colorful Mandarin fish

Time for love – the engagement dance of the colourful mandarin fish
Lembeh, Indonesia


03 Dwarf Lionfish Dendrochirus brachypterus

Dwarf lionfish  Dendrochirus brachypterus
Lembeh, Indonesia


04 Blue ringed octopus Hapalochlaena lunulata

Blue-ringed octopus  Hapalochlaena lunulata
Lembeh, Indonesia


05 Dancing Wonderpuss octopus Wunderpus photogenicus

Dancing wunderpus octopus  Wunderpus photogenicus
Lembeh, Indonesia


06 The stargazer Uranoscopus buried in the sand b

The stargazer Uranoscopus buried in the sand
Lembeh, Indonesia


07 Yawning Scorpionfish Antennarius striatus

Yawning scorpionfish  Antennarius striatus
Lembeh, Indonesia


08 Peacock mantis shrimp Odontodactylus scyllarus with clutch

Peacock mantis shrimp  Odontodactylus scyllarus with clutch
Lembeh, Indonesia


09 The eyes of the Peacock mantis shrimp Odontodactylus scyllarus

The eyes of the peacock mantis shrimp  Odontodactylus scyllarus
Amed, Bali, Indonesia


10 Bearded fireworm Hermodice carunculata
Bearded fireworm  Hermodice carunculata
Biograd na Moru, Croatia


11 On the hunt Yellow frogfish

On the hunt  yellow frogfish
Amed, Bali, Indonesia


12 Long snouted Seahorse Hippocampus guttulatus

Long-snouted seahorse  Hippocampus guttulatus
Biograd na Moru, Croatia


13 Coral goby Bryaninops yongei

Coral goby  Bryaninops yongei
Lembeh, Indonesia


14 Donut Nudibranch Doto greenamyeri

Donut nudibranch  Doto greenamyeri
Amed, Bali, Indonesia


15 Dancer Donut Nudibranch Doto greenamyeri

Dancing donut nudibranch  Doto greenamyeri
Amed, Bali, Indonesia


17 An aeolid nudibranch Cratena peregrina

An aeolid nudibranch  Cratena peregrina
Biograd na Moru, Croatia


18 Dancing in the current two White tufted worms Protula tubularia

Two white-tufted worms dancing in the current  Protula tubularia
Biograd na Moru, Croatia

Find more from Michal on his website at www.michalstros.cz

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