1. Tell us a bit about yourself.
• My name is Szilard Janko, 27 years old, currently living in South Florida. I am finishing my Bachelor’s Degree, working Ocean Rescue, and spending as much time as possible in the ocean/traveling/surfing/capturing images.
2. How long have you been in South Florida?
• We moved to South Florida about 17 years ago from a place in Europe called Transylvania.
3. How did you get started with Underwater Photography?
• Right after finishing high school I got introduced to surfing, which started my passion for the ocean. On flat days when there was no surf (which is quite often in South Florida) we got into freediving and exploring what the ocean has to offer beneath the surface. Started out playing around with a GoPro camera underwater, while at the same time I was shooting some small projects out on land with a Canon DSLR. The more we got into freediving the more I started doing research about investing into a waterhousing for my DSLR camera, I wanted to show everyone the world we were experiencing under the ocean’s surface but the images from the old GoPro cameras at the time were not doing it justice. I finally purchased an Ikelite Housing in 2014 and capturing images underwater became one of my favorite ways to spend my time.
4. What are some of your favorite subjects to photograph?
• I love to capture the human interactions with nature in the underwater world. Anything from a person swimming next to sharks, freediving beautiful coral reefs, or exploring fresh water springs. By showing a person swimming in these different environments I try to bring the audience into the underwater world with the hope that they can begin to have a better understanding of it. We only care to protect the things that we can relate to and there is a large disconnect between the underwater world and most of the human race. Without healthy oceans nobody would be able to live the lives that they are currently used to. We all depend on the ocean in some way and we need all the help we can to bring awareness to protecting the amazing world that lives beneath the surface.
5. What inspires you to create these images?
• Inspiration comes from being able to ignite a curiosity in people to come experience the underwater world for their first time.