Why I keep returning to Raja
by Marty Snyderman
When Burt Jones (the site’s administrator) asked me to share a few thoughts regarding why I like to keep returning to Raja Ampat. I thought that should be easy, but as I started to type I realized I could list dozens, perhaps hundreds, of reasons. But at the core of my thoughts is the fact that I am a wildlife geek. I love to observe and photograph the creatures I encounter. It doesn’t matter to me if the animals are big or small, more likely to be seen during the day or at night, shallow or deep, be they common or rare. I love to dive and to explore the marine wilderness. In that regard, Raja Ampat, aboard my preferred liveaboard dive boats Damai I and Damai II, is as good as it gets!
Below you will find a selection of images from Marty’s most recent visit to Raja. Enjoy and, at the next opportunity, make sure to thank Marty for sharing with us.
Marty Snyderman is a longtime still photographer, author, photography instructor, and speaker specializing in the marine environment. Marty’s still photography has been used by the National Geographic Society, Nature Conservancy, National Wildlife Federation, Oceana, Shark Research Institute, and many major publications, natural history museums and aquaria. And he just won the 2018 NOGI award, which is considered the “Oscar of the ocean world”. To view more of Marty’s work and learn more about him, visit his website, Marty Snyderman.