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Through the lens of Gerald Nowak

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At Fish 'n Fins we take very good care of Underwater Photographers. Our boats are spacious providing ample room for photographers and camera rigs, no matter what size and make. Our dive guides know every inch of Palau's reefs and are very enthusiastic to find great photo opportunities or be models in wide angle shots with sharks, WWII wrecks or colorful corals.

In our FNF MAG segment about semi-Pro and Pro Underwater Photographers who have been diving with Fish 'n Fins we'd like to introduce German photo journalist Gerald Nowak.


About Gerald Nowak

Gerald Nowak was born in 1964 in the five-lake country south-west of Munich. At the age of 12, he had contact with a photo camera for the first time. At that time borrowed from his parents, he already got his first own SLR camera when he was 16 years old.

In 1981 at the age of 17 he began to dive in Bavarian lakes. In 1989 after a stay in tropical waters it became his hobby and shortly afterwards he combined his two passions into his current profession. Among other things, he has worked continuously for the German and international diving press for many years and is a regular photographer for German magazines TAUCHEN, UNTERWASSER, SILENT WORLD and DIVEMASTER.

Sharks in Palau by Gerald Nowak

As a photographer, Gerald is always on the quest for news and has won prizes in several national and international photography competitions. In the 90s he was an Indonesian champion at a competition in Kalimantan.

Since 1994 he has been working full time as an underwater and travel photographer for various travel and special interest magazines as well as internet portals and travel book publishers.

Gerald Nowak has been working together with Mares since the mid-1990s.

In 1997 he gotten to know his wife Sibylle Gerlinger. Since that time they have been working as travel journalists together. Sibylle writes the stories and Gerald shoots the pictures. Sometimes it`s the other way around......

Both are able to swap their work.

Model with Nautilus in Palau by Gerald Nowak


Gerald as Dive Instructor

Gerald is an instructor trainer at the dive association CMAS Germany (FST) and Instructor at SSI, photo instructor in several associations, Trimix and Rebreather diver, as well as an impassioned ice-, wreck- and cave-diver.

Mandarin Fish in Palau by Gerald Nowak

Whether tropical, temperate or cool waters, everything that promises exciting reports or great pictures awakens his interest. His special commitment is to the threatened shark species. His most favorite marine animal being the graceful hunters of the ocean: fox- and blue- shark, but also the sublime tiger shark. For the protection of the sea and the animals, he is active in several animal protection organizations and supports them with information and photo material, which he collects on his worldwide journeys.

Coral photo in Palau by Gerald Nowak


Scuba Diving Palau - quoting Gerald

What I particularly appreciate about Palau are the incredibly beautiful Drop-Offs, that are overgrown with huge soft corals. In front of it, lots of reef sharks patrol there, mantas filter just below the surface of the water and cross the large shoals of fish that can be found everywhere. Whether Jellyfish Lake or German Channel, Blue Corner or Ulong Channel, Chandelier Caves or Peleliu Express, there is so much to see and of course to take pictures of.

Manta Ray in Palau by Gerald Nowak

Photo Equipment

Nikon D800, Panasonic GH5, Seacam Underwater Housings, Seacam and Subtronic Strobes, Orcatorch lamps

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Dieter Kudler

Dieter Kudler is the latest addition to the Fish ’n Fins & Ocean Hunter management team, he joined in October 2018. Before working with Fish ’n Fins Dieter enjoyed a career as Hospitality General Manager, he led for 12 years leisure resorts in Fiji and Micronesia. He is an experienced recreational & technical diver, since 2011 SSI Platinum Pro 5000 Instructor & SSI Platinum Pro 5000 Diver. Dieter is further more an award winning underwater photographer. Connect with Dieter on Facebook.

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