Kate JonkerI’m passionate about sharing my love of the ocean and experiences with others through photography and story telling.

Photography is a fantastic medium through which to create an awareness of the beauty – and plight – of our oceans. Images can stir many emotions and we, as underwater photographers, have the opportunity to tell visual stories about our underwater world and to encourage its protection and preservation.

I am a writer, photographer, underwater photography coach, dive boat skipper and dive guide for Indigo Scuba Diving Centre in Gordon’s Bay and lead underwater photography trips to incredible destinations across our watery planet. I am also a public and inspirational speaker and enjoy sharing images and stories of our underwater world.

I currently shoot with a Nikon D850 in an Isotta underwater housing and use both Inon Z240 and Sea & Sea YS-D1 strobes.  As an Ambassador for OrcaTorch dive and video lights, I use a range of OrcaTorch lights for my photography, videos and guiding. My go-to lenses for underwater photography are the Nikon 105mm and 60mm macro lenses and the Nikon 8-15 fisheye lense.

Writing / Articles / Judging

As an underwater photographer and writer, most of my work focuses on underwater photography and diving destinations.  For examples of my writing, please visit my Portfolio.
I also serve as a judge on a number of international underwater photography competitions, including Deep Indonesia 2020 organised by Dive Photo Guide and Wetpixel.
I am a regular contributor to international X-Ray Dive Magazine have been published in a number of South African magazines including WildAfrica.
I have also been featured on Beautiful News, an online publication that features inspirational people who make a difference in the lives of others.
Women In Ocean Science have also featured me on their website.
My photos have been featured on the iconic Wetpixel website and I am a featured underwater photographer on the uwphotographers.net website.
I have also featured as Photographer of the Week by DivePhotoGuide.com
My written work and portfolio have also been featured in the digital e-magazine Scubashooters.net
My portfolio is also featured on SUALTI Gazetesi.

Accolades

Personally, I prefer to concentrate on my writing and photography and help others to improve their skills, which does not give me much time to go out and shoot for competitions.  I have entered a few (mainly local) competitions to promote underwater photography in South Africa:
Second, Third and Fourth place in Novice Category – Walker Bay Underwater Photo Competition 2015
Selected as one of South Africa’s top 10 underwater photographers to exhibit at the Two Oceans Aquarium in Cape Town
Third in Macro, Compact Category – Underwater Photo Marathon, Zagreb 2016
Second in Advanced Category – Durban Undersea Club Photographic Shootout 2016
Overall Winner – Durban Undersea Club Photographic Shootout 2016
Third in Wide Angle, Ambient – Underwater Photo Marathon, Zagreb 2018