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About me

Dray van Beeck

Born in the Netherlands (1961)where I studied and taught Art.
Started diving in 1997 and became a dive professional in 1998.
I have been teaching diving since 1999 in Malaysia, Canary Islands, Thailand, the Philippines, Egypt and Indonesia. Been working as a live-aboard guide in Egypt since 2003. From 2006 until 2012 for Blue O Two. On the boats I taught photo workshops. At the moment, together with my wife Karin, we manage Bali Diving Academy Pemuteran on Bali, Indonesia. Here we offer UW photography and videography workshops.

I started photography when I was still very young. A friend borrowed to me a Leica for a holiday to Canada when I was 16. I was sold. Soon after I bought a Canon AE1 from my savings soon to be joined by a Canon A1. Loved taking landscape and people photos. Followed a 2 year course in Art Academy.

I started under water photography in 2002 with the Canon Powershot S40 and  the Canon Powershot S70. In 2006 upgraded to the Nikon D80 with Ikelite housing and DS125 strobes. Upgraded again in 2008 to Nikon D300 with Hugyfot housing, 2x Inon Z-240 and 2x Ikelite DS 125 strobes.


At the moment my work consists of underwater photography, travel photography and digital art.

I'm an enthousiatic underwater photographer.
A bit pretencious, but here I am sitting in a Rembrandt set-up. Ols fashioned portrait making.
Articles and Publications

This page contains articles that were published over the last few years. To read the article (mind you it's the draft, the way we sent it to the magazines) click on the bar. The way the articles were created was that I had the idea and made a quick draft after which Karin edited and brought back to a readable and comprehensive piece.

My first cover on a dive magazine

November 2011. My very first printed cover on a dive magazine. Divestyle is a South African dive magazine.


2006  Article: Longimania (Oceanic white tip sharks)                     Duikmagazine

2007  Article: Macroleven in de Rode Zee ( macrolife              in the Red Sea) Duikmagazine

2007   Oceanic photo used for advertisement                                  purposes in Duikmagazine.

2007  Top Trumps- Sharks. Haynes Publishing.                               Contributing photos.


Jan. 2008   Runner-up in               annual photo contest. Categor  Fantasy.

July 2008  Winner of the 2nd session of DAN Europe                   Photo contest 2008 

Oct  2008  3rd place of the 3rd session of DAN Europe               Photo contest 2008 

Dec 2008   5th place in the open contest, portfolio of BSOUP (British society of      underwater photographers)

Jan. 2009   Silver medal in annual photo contest. Category:

                  Wide angle/ natural light.

Jan.2009    Runner up in annual photo contest. Category:           Divers

May 2009  Monthly hotshot in annual photo contest.

June 2009  Photo of the month Dive magazine.

August 2009  2nd and 3rd place BSAC photocomposition.

September 2009  Photo of the week

November 2009  Photo of the month Dive magazine.

November 2009 Photo of the month

December 2009 3rd place in 4th quarter of DAN photo contest

January 2010  Placed in Shark trust calendar

February 2010  World champion  (annual overall winner)

April 2010  Photo of the week, Wetpixel wrecks

June 2010  Photo of the month Dive magazine (teeth)

November 2010 Photo of the month Dive magazine (patterns)

December 2010 Photo of the week, Wetpixel Soft coral

April 2011 2nd and 3rd place Wetpixel Photo of the week

April 2011 2nd and 3rd place annual competition BSAC Open category

December 2011  Winner BSOUP open competition

January 2012   2nd place, Wetpixel  “of camera strobes”

March 2012  2nd place, beneath the Sea, creative category

March 2012  2nd place, wetpixel, eating

April 2012  3rd place, wetpixel, cruising

2009  Article Symphony of light,  Duikmagazine                             (dutch diving magazine)

2009  Article  Tigermania  in Sportdiver


2009  Photo use  in advertisement Zavora in Tauchen

2009  Article Zavora in Italian divemagazine

2009  Article Macrolife in the Red Sea  in Sportdiver

2009 article Zavora in Sportdiver

2009 photos for article about Red Sea in Sportdiver

2010 Article Symphony of light (southern Red Sea                       caves)  in Sportdiver

2010 Sales folder BlueOTwo
            April and further, photos used in all 3 English                        dive magazines for advertisement for Blue O                        Two.

2010 Featured photographer in the Equalizer

 2010 photos for article about Red Sea in Sportdiver

2009  contribution for Children’s book; Eye wonder                       shark

2010 contribution for children’s book; Oceans alive:                     cuttlefish

2010 contribution for National Geographic Explorer                    Grades 2-3

2010 Apple I-tunes app. Aqua Life Images Fish id                         book

2010 Apple I-tunes app. Guide to UW photography                     editing and manipulations. Also in print.

2010 Apple I-tunes app. Treasures of the Sea. 100                       photos and quotes.

2010 Apple I-tunes app. Guide to UW Advanced UW                 photography.

2011 Apple I-tunes app  Sharks of the Red Sea (also in                print. app Guide to UW photography lighting

2011  Photos to go with article Red Sea for South                         African Magazine “divestyle”

2011 Photo Giannis D wreck in Culinary magazine

2011 Cover photo book “the amazing world beneath                 the waves”

2011 Cover Divestyle  (south African dive magazine)

2011 and on photos for advertisement for Red Sea                        Divers.

2011 Book; The diving photographer. With James                         Dawson and Johan Boshoff

2012  portfolio Dutch NOB magazine

2012  article Blue sharks, Sportdiver


2014 article Biorocks Pemuteran, Asian Diver


2014 article Biorocks Pemuteran, Ocean Geographic


2014 Photo half page in The undersea journal (PADI)                   3rd Q 14


2015 Photos Biorock DYK

2016 3rd place and honorable mention Beneath the                     Sea  creative category

2016  photo in Asian diver full page

2017  2x honourable mention Beneath the Sea                               creative  category

2017 Photos for articles about SunSuko resort in                         Pemuteran, Bali for Schweitzer Illustrierte

2017 Photos used for book on Ocean conservation                     United Nations

2018 1st place Beneath the Sea  creative category

2019 2nd place Beneath the Sea  creative category

2020 1st-2nd and 3rd place Beneath the Sea  creative                  category

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