Christian Loader (32) is a professional wildlife photographer from the UK, working for the renowned Scubazoo Images (www.scubazoo.com) which specializes in underwater filming and photography. He is based in Kota Kinabalu in Sabah, Malaysian Borneo.
He developed a passion for the ocean and its fascinating marine life from an early age, inspired by documentaries and books about the underwater world. After working on a coral reef conservation project in the Philippines, Christian became hooked on scuba diving and went on to study tropical marine life, and in 2005 he graduated with a BSc in Ocean Science from the University of Plymouth, UK.
Having completed his PADI Divemaster, and HSE Commercial Diving Part 4 courses in the cold waters of the UK, Christian left for a warmer, tropical lifestyle in south-east Asia. After becoming certified as a PADI Instructor his passion for underwater photography grew quickly as he began shooting underwater for the very first time with a small compact camera and housing. Christian then worked as a dive instructor in Borneo, and fell in love with its incredible marine life. Here, his focus then shifted entirely to underwater photography, which led to him joining Scubazoo in 2007 as an underwater photographer. Christian has since dived and explored a number of countries on shooting assignments including Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Maldives, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Egypt, South Africa, Australia, and the UK. After long-term positions for Scubazoo shooting larger marine life on the beautiful reefs of the Maldives, and bizarre critters while 'muck diving' in North Sulawesi, Indonesia, he is now based at the company's headquarters in the city of Kota Kinabalu in Sabah, Malaysia.
Christian and his colleagues at Scubazoo have published their very own stunning coffee table books "Maldives – The Underwater Kingdom" in 2011, and "Sensational Seas of Sabah" in 2014, showcasing the magnificent marine life of these two exotic destinations with breathtaking underwater photography. Most recently "The Green Heart of Sabah" published at the end of 2014 featured the diverse rainforest wildlife in Sabah's pristine rainforest conservation areas.
While shooting various projects around the world, Christian's images have been published in, and graced the covers of a number of worldwide magazines and publications including BBC Focus; Asian Diver; Sport Diver; Scuba Diving; DIVE; EZ Dive; Scuba Diver Through The Lens; and Dive The World.
Christian's stunning underwater images have also won several prestigious awards in international competitions including the World Underwater Image Festival; Ocean Views; Our World Underwater; DEEP; Ocean Art; Scuba Diver Through The Lens; and he has reached the finals of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2009.
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Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia