Underwater Photo Grand Prix
15 Years | 667 Winners | $267,000 Cash
Kurt Amsler, Switzerland

 Photographer, Diver and Environmentalist. 
Kurt was one of Europe’s first professional underwater photographer. He received over 100 awards during international photo contests and the World champion Title of the CMAS:  His countless reportages for renowned magazines and newspapers worldwide, helped to bring the marine world closer to readers.
As early as 1980, his close-ups of big sharks in open water made great stir in international medias.  Similarly,   his first documentation of deep World War ll Wreck,, with its specially developed shooting techniques.
 Amsler considers on highlight of his live to have taken place in 1985, when as a cameraman he produced jointly with Hans Hass the documentary “The Maldives – Paradise Transformed”.  First time in the German speaking world, two action packed TV broadcasts were shown. One in 1986, which featured the Wreck of the “JURA” in Lake Constance, the other in 1989, about exploring the deep caves of the source “Orb” of  the Vaud, Jura Switzerland.
During all this activities, Amsler is always sure to keep an eye on the environment. His organization “SOS-Sea turtles” has been fighting  for over two decades to preserve this endangered reptiles. His pictures and films contribute towards the public. Specific campaigns on site, have helped to prevent thousands animals from being slaughtered. For his environmental activities he was awarded two times by the PADI” Project Aware Foundation”  and he is Honorable Member  of “Shark Project”  Germany.