Three years ago, Jordan Robins picked up his first underwater camera. This week he was crowned the photographer of the year for his striking photos of the Great Barrier Reef.
The Australian photography magazine announced the 24-year-old snapper Jervis Bay. as the general winner of its 2017 annual prize, which is the largest amateur photography competition in the Southern Hemisphere.
Mr. Robins, a science graduate, beat more than 2,000 entries to take the top spot, thanks to his pack of four images titled "Tale of the Turtle".
He spent a week at the Great Barrier Reef in September of last year, capturing the photos, which show the style of underwater photography "below", where you can see above and below the water.
"With those photos I can capture the atmosphere above the water, along with marine life underwater," he said.
"I think my images give people an idea of the beauty of the marine world, so for those who are not" I'm lucky to live near the coast or I'm afraid of water, through art Underwater I can express to you the beautiful place in the ocean.
"I thought the images were a bit different and unique, and being underwater photography and using the excessively low style, I think the judges really like that."
He said growing up in the coastal city of Jervis Bay helped him adopt a love of water, and he found his passion to capture it when he was given an underwater camera for his 21st birthday, three years ago.
"I became a water baby, my days living here have always been immersed in the water," he said.
"When I got my first underwater camera, I enrolled in a photography subject and I loved it.
" And a lot of my Uni subjects were very involved in marine issues, which allowed me to better understand the marine environments in which I am now filming.
"So that's also important for me, trying to express to people who are aware of the ocean and how they can contribute to the conversation about the marine environment and limit its impact."  Mr. Robins, who won a camera team valued at $ 4000 and $ 2000 in cash, plans to explore the coasts of Western Australia this year, which will be a new territory for the rising photographer.