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THOMAS GRANT

Grant Thomas is an international award-winning photographer/videographer, travel guide and writer who has been travelling the globe for over 10 years, capturing some of mother nature's finest moments. He is originally from the UK but moved to Asia to work as a Scuba diving instructor. 

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AWARD-WINNING PHOTOGRAPHER
TRAVEL GUIDE
JOURNALIST

He now works as a freelance photographer and travel guide, leading a variety of tours and workshops to encounter and photograph animals such as humpback whales and orca. His work has taken him around the world from the warm tropical waters of Indonesia to the glacier covered landscape of the Arctic. Specializing in wildlife and underwater photography, he strives to document the world's spectacular beauty in order to share with an audience his experience and vision of our planet today. In 2018 Grant was named British Underwater photographer of the Year. He is currently a brand ambassador for Ikelite underwater systems and Cressi. 

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AWARDS

Trips

2021

  • Winner Underwater category Nature TTL photographer of the year 2021

2020

  • Grand Prize winner Ocean Conservancy 2018

  • 1st place People and the Ocean category Ocean Conservancy 2018

  • 1st place World Oceans Day Human Interaction Category

  • 1st place Wide angle British waters Underwater photographer of the year 2018

  • Winner World Oceans Day Human interaction category 2018

  • Deep Indonesia 1st place in the Divers category 2018

  • Deep Indonesia 1st place in the Over-Unders category 2018

  • 1st place advanced category ‘DIVE Pacific’ magazine 2018

2019

  • 1st place DEEP Indonesia over-under category 2019

  • Grand Prize winner DEEP Indonesia 2019

  • 1st place wide angle Asia pacific UW photography contest (DRT Show shanghai) 

  • Commended Ocean geographic pictures of the year (Seascape with modelnz) 2019

2018

  • British Underwater Photographer of the Year 2018

  • Grand Prize winner Ocean Conservancy 2018

  • 1st place People and the Ocean category Ocean Conservancy 2018

  • 1st place World Oceans Day Human Interaction Category

  • 1st place Wide angle British waters Underwater photographer of the year 2018

  • Winner World Oceans Day Human interaction category 2018

  • Deep Indonesia 1st place in the Divers category 2018

  • Deep Indonesia 1st place in the Over-Unders category 2018

  • 1st place advanced category ‘DIVE Pacific’ magazine 2018

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A CHAT WITH GRANT

When did you start exploring the ocean and how did your passion develop from there?

My parents were both Scuba divers so growing up I was very fortunate to spend a lot of time around and in the water. From as far back as I can remember I always had this burning curiosity to know what actually existed below the surface.

What was your best moment in the wild thus far (should be relatable to one of your trips)

One moment I will never forget, which was when I was looking directly into a humpback whale's mouth as it nearly swallowed me while it was feeding on a bait ball of herring in Norway. 

What do you like about being a group leader?

I love the opportunity I get to meet people from all around the world and share stories and experiences of our travels and adventures. I also get great satisfaction and joy from introducing people to the spectacular wildlife and nature we have on our planet.

The most important things you are trying to achieve for your guests?

My aim is to ensure that my guests come away from each trip, feeling even more inspired about the natural world and with memories that will last a lifetime.

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