Matty Smith is a UK born and bred underwater photographer who is now based in Stanwell Park NSW. After emigrating to Australia in 2007 in pursuit of furthering his photography career, Matty fell in love with the Pacific Ocean and has now made it his permanent playground.
"Underwater photography allows me to visually communicate to the viewer the majestic feelings of scuba diving and the incredible interactions between myself and rarely seen creatures of our oceans in their natural habitat. I want to generate a compassion in people of how wonderful our seas are and how important it is to treat them with respect."
Matty has exhibited his award winning images in over 70 countries across 5 continents around the world including the London Natural History Museum in the UK, The Louvre, Paris and the Australian Museum right here in Sydney. He also regularly speaks publically about his style and approach and writes for several popular dive and nature magazines.
Matty has featured in Nat Geo Traveller (Aus), Ocean Geographic, BBC Wildlife Magazine, GEO, The Washington Post and The Guardian amongst many others, as well as featured in TV appearances and The Discovery Channel and Channel 7 (Australia). He has also won over 20 international photography awards including the Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year title in 2014.
"For me one of the most wondrous parts of any dive is the moment that the water engulfs my mask as my head slips below the surface. I think it's the suspense of the unknown of what lies beneath, the transitional part of moving from one element to the next that feels so magical and the thought of what alien creatures I might encounter."
"I really enjoy and feel it's very important to show people the treasures we have i our oceans, how fragile they are and the importance of protecting them. I like to use my skills as an underwater photographer to try and amaze and educate."