About Corinne Bourbeillon

Underwater Photographer

Born in Brittany (north-west of France), I am a self-taught underwater photographer, passionate about oceans, coral ecosystems and environmental issues. Journalist and translator by profession, I also blog (in french) about scuba-diving and travelling on Petites Bulles d’Ailleurs (Bubbles Underwater and Beyond).

My very first underwater photography experience was in 2005, while on vacations, in the warm waters of Thailand where I was scuba-diving. I had bought at a tourist shop a very simple disposable camera enclosed in a waterproof plastic box (and it came with a photographic film)… Thrilled by my first 36 poor shots, I decided to buy a compact digital camera with the proper underwater housing.

This one lasted four years and I’ve learned a lot about the basics of underwater photography with it, while travelling and diving in South-East Asia (Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines), within the Coral Triangle. When the camera eventually stop shooting in 2009, I decided it was time to upgrade to a brand new toy.

In 2010, I thus acquired a DSLR (digital single-lens reflex) camera, and its housing, and a flat port and a dome, and strobes, and lenses, and was onwards nicknamed “the girl with the big fancy camera” in every dive shops and boats I went around the world – in wonderful Indonesia, my ever favorite dive spot, as in Mexico or in French Polynesia.

Seven years later, I still have the feeling that photographing the wonders of the ocean is a never ending learning, but a rewarding challenge too, and an inexhaustible source of joy.

Now I can’t go scuba-diving without my camera and I almost feel naked if I’m not grabbing my precious toy below the waves…

Marine life is a constant source of inspiration

Under the sea, beauty is everywhere, from the humblest creature hiding in the sand or in coral reefs, to majestic predators hunting in the blue.

Free diver surrounded by anthias at Batu Bolong reef. (Komodo, Indonesia)
Free diver surrounded by anthias at Batu Bolong reef. (Komodo, Indonesia)
Flores, Indonesia, Komodo, UW
A delicate nudibranch (or sea slug) at Triton Bay. (West Papua, Indonesia)
A delicate nudibranch (or sea slug) at Triton Bay. (West Papua, Indonesia)
Longimanus shark. patroling close to the surface at Small Brother. (Red Sea, Egypt)
Longimanus shark. patroling close to the surface at Small Brother. (Red Sea, Egypt)


Ornated ghost pipe fish. (Tulamben, Bali, Indonesia)
Ornated ghost pipe fish. (Tulamben, Bali, Indonesia)
Sweetlips gathered at Otdima reef. (Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia)
Sweetlips gathered at Otdima reef. (Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia)
Divers swimming above colorful coral and anthias. (Weda Bay, Halmahera, Indonesia)
Clown fish in its anemony. (Komodo, Indonesia)
Corals and trees in the blue mangrove of Raja Ampat. (West Papua, Indonesia)
Anthias above colorful corals at Sardines Reef. (Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia)

Protect the oceans

Underwater photography is my way to raise awareness about the fragility and beauty of the marine ecosystems.

Website still under construction

Galleries and portfolios available soon.

Scuba-diving travel blog (in french) :

Petites Bulles d’Ailleurs (Bubbles Underwater & Beyond)