Aaron is one of the most published and recognised underwater photographers in Asia. With over a decade of field experience, Aaron’s images and his trademark lighting technique have won him international acclaim.
Alexey Molchanov (Russia)
ADEX Ambassador for Freediving (International)
Alexey Molchanov has set a world record of constant weight free latent. which has broken his own AIDI world record in a constant weight free flight with 129 meters in three minutes.
Alexis Vassal (France)
Alexis, also known as Merman Arion, was born in Paris, France in 1989. Born deaf, he discovered schooling and swimming and found a deep connection with the ocean. He finally saw “The Little Mermaid” and that inspired him to become the merman he is today. He always found the silence beneath the surface to be relaxing and grants him his escape from daily life.
Andrew Marriott (USA)
Andrew is a long time diver, photographer and writer. He is also the author of the book “Legends Beneath the Waves Vol. 1: Truk Lagoon” and is currently working on the next two books in that series while living in Beijing with his wife Dalice and two daughters.
Beatrice Rivoira (Italy)
Beatrice is an Italian marine biologist and scuba diver. Her passion for marine life and scuba diving influenced her study path and, in 2011, she completed her university period with a Master’s degree in Marine & Oceanographical biology.
Cheng Ren (程仁) (China)
Cheng Ren is a diving videographer for Blue Planet. He is currently leading a project to make diving simpler and safer with the development of a new technology that provides divers with a different underwater experience.
Chen Yu Ping (陈玉萍) (China)
Leaving her career in law, Yuping Chen began underwater photography in 2009. Through her writing and photography work, she shares the wonders of nature and the ocean with the intent of driving more young people to dive. She believes that with every additional diver created, there is one more environmentalist.
David Strike (Australia)
ADEX Ambassador For TekDiving (International)
With a strong background in military, commercial, recreational and technical diving, David Strike has authored several hundred articles about diving, is the recipient of the ADEX ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ for contributions to Technical Diving, a Fellow of the Explorers Club of New York, the former owner and organiser of the biennial OZTeK Technical Diving Conference, and the convenor of the up-coming, Australian in-water Tek event, TechTonik .
Denovo Xu (豆腐) (China)
Denovo Xu, known in the Chinese diving community as “Tofu” (豆腐), is one of the first female technical divers of China. She started diving in 2009 and is now a full trimix/cave/rebreather diver. Besides being an exploration diver in multiple GUE-China projects, She also enjoys diving overhead environments in other parts of the world and writing about technical diving.
Doudou (小芸豆) (China)
ADEX Ambassador for Marine Conservation
Fascinated by outdoor sports since young, Doudou has travelled to over a hundred countries to capture the beauty of the diverse life . She teamed up with China’s CCTV to photograph the most spectacular animal migration documentary on the sea floor, and was described as “the woman playing with sharks” in a Chinese best—seller.
Ernie Brooks (USA)
Guest of Honour/VIP Speaker
Ernest H. Brooks is an ambassador to the marine environment, photographer, adventurer, diver and educator. Armed with the same camera that he’s used to document life below the waves for over 40 years, his trademark black and white imagery has won him countless awards and been published in a myriad of international publications.
Eve Young (芝麻小姐) (China)
ADEX Ambassador for Freediving (Greater China) / Mermaid
Eve has worked as an actress, won various beauty pageants in China, and hosted the 2010 Shanghai World Expo. She now hopes to use her influence to bring people together to help protect the future of the oceans. Her love for diving led her into marine conservation and research, where she has developed a passion for understanding how human activities are impacting marine habitats.
Fan Zhang (张帆) (China)
Underwater photographer, Fan Zhang, was born in 1985, grew up in China’s hainan. He graduated from central academy of fine arts, and is now a member of hainan photographers’ association, Canon ten best photographer, the China national geographic special underwater photographer.
Glenn Yong (楊智文) (Singapore)
Glenn Yong is a Singapore-based professional photographer specializing in commercial and underwater photography.His experience in commercial photography and industrial design has garnered support from acclaimed scuba diving operators, camera manufacturers and scuba diving equipment vendors, and recognition from international professional photography associations.
Gideon Liew (Singapore)
Gideon Liew has been diving since 1984, being in awe of the diverse environments available in South East Asia. His love of the sport drove him to seek out a career in the diving industry in 1994, working with different dive stores and resort operations in the region. He developed his experience by diving frequently as a guide and instructor on islands and live-aboard boats
Hong Ming Wei (洪铭伟) (China)
Mingwei Hong is the Instructor of the Xiamen Dawn Rescue Team（厦门曙光救援队）and of the Zhangzhou Hua’an Fire Service Dive Team. Since he joined the Public rescue team in 2013, he has participated in numerous rescues such as earthquakes and other natural disasters. He focuses on public safety diving, assisting the police in finishing underwater tasks several times. He is good at limited visibility diving.
Jean-Pol Francois (Belgium/Phillippines)
ADEX Ambassador For Freediving
JP is a professional freediving instructor, and the Head of Education at AIDA International and PADI IT. With over 25 years of freediving experience, and holding some national and world records, JP has travelled all around Southeast Asia to share his passion and develop a free diving community.
Jin Tao (靳涛) (China)
Jin Tao, who is the Marine Publicity Ambassadors of 2017ADEX Beijing and Beijing International Marine Culture Week. he is a host of Sichuan TV, a Rescue Diver and outdoor sports enthusiasts. the coach of the United States AASI snowboarding. he has been committed to the promotion of diving and marine conservation work since he began to dive, also he appeals many people who likes diving and outdoor sports to join and take care of the ocean, and protect the marine environment.
Jim Chen (陳翰旭) (Taiwan)
Jim Chen loves extreme sports and underwater photography, combining both adventure and art creation. In 2007, he was certified as an open water diver and in 2008, his underwater photography journey began. He also received exclusive interviews from British Daily Mail, Apple Daily, TVBS and other media.
Jim Standing (United Kingdom)
After being certified at 16 years old, Jim visited the planet’s most iconic dive destinations, where he realised the need for better dive gear and a brand that reflected his passion for diving. His goal is to meet this growing need and to protect the ocean environment for future generations.
Jonathan Lin (林柏守) (Singapore)
Jonathan Lin took to scuba divng in 1996 and has over 2000 dives under his belt. He has been commissioned to carry out photo shoots for several resorts in well-known scuba diving destinations. His works have been published in various scuba diving publications, online publishing websites, and also received an honourable mention from a US diving magazine.
Joyce Tang (Hong Kong, Greater China)
ADEX Ambassador for Greater China
Joyce Tang is a Hong Kong actress and PADI Rescue Diver. She played one of the main roles in the movie “Armed Reaction” and also acted in many other television series including “Dragon”, “Step Into the Past”, “Wars of In-Laws II” and “Who Loved Women”. Joyce loves the serenity and beauty of the ocean, especially the marine life in it, which has made her determined to save the ocean.
Kidd Fu (王基德) (China)
As an avid explorer, Fu Dingyan, otherwise known as Kidd, is always on the look out for the next adventure. Kidd is a best-selling author and a co-founder of Beijing Star Sea Culture Communication Co., Ltd. He is a member of the British Royal Photographic Society, a Nikon NPS photographer, and the Vice President of Chongqing Youth Photographers Association.
K.Zhang (张竞功) (China)
K. Zhang, full-time underwater photographer & PADI dive instructor, currently residing in Japan. His works has been awarded and published in diving magazines of Japan for many times. As an underwater photographer, he is devoted to showing more people the marvelous underwater world and creatures through the lens.
Laurent Lavoye (France)
Laurent Lavoye has been a dive professional for the past 20 years. He has trained many divers and instructors around the world in recreational, technical and rebreather diving. Laurent is now the owner of 7SEAS Dive Gili and is regarded as one of the most reputable trainers in Indonesia.
Li Ning Ning (李宁宁) (China)
With 19 years life in Saipan and also 19 years diving experience, Ningning Li is currently PADI Scuba Diving Course Director and PADI Freediving IT. She is the first Chinese speaking female AIDA Instructor, also the first and only female AIDA Master Instructor in China. Ningning is the Co-founder of Ocean Plus Diving in Saipan, she travelled around the world to train professional divers and developing underwater shooting industry.
Lin Qing (林青) (China)
Lin Qing is a professional manager, producer and photographer. His film, “Dream Weavers” was up for nomination for the Academy Awards for the Best Foreign Language Film from China. He was the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games Committee Official Film Photographer. Since 2013, his works have received annual awards such as “Our World Underwater”.
Li Yan (China)
Li Yan graduated from Central Conservatory of Music, and in 2005, began contact diving and underwater photography. Since 2007, he has been engaged in underwater photography for Southeast Asian countries and North America. His works have won many prizes in underwater photography competitions abroad.
Louise Chau (China)
Louise Chau certified as an instructor trainer since 2008. She is the first SDI female instructor trainer and SF2 Close Circuit Rebreather instructor in Asia Pacific area. She is also a CCR enthusiast and passionate about all diving related matter. Louise strives to continuously improve her skills even after being certified as a TDI technical instructor in 2004.
Lynn Wu (吳秀玲) (Taiwan)
During a trip to the Palau in 2006, Lynn found a passion for underwater photography, especially macro objects. Her works not only have won domestic and foreign awards for several times, but also have been published in magazines and newspapers, such as the German Hörzu Wissen magazine, American Nature’s Best Photography magazine, Daily Mail ,Taiwan Apple Daily, TVBS, Yahoo NEWS, and Kairos NEWS.
Molly Li (China)
Molly began her photography journey in 2005, where she has since set up King Dive Club and “Blue Corner”. She hosted the “Ocean” Underwater Photography Exhibition during the Li Shui Photography Festival all in the same year. She is now the spokesperson for “Photography Journal”, Xinhua News Agency, Sony a club and Canon and the photographer for Leica.
Nan Wang (楠忘) (China)
Nan Wang is a founder of the first domestic dive video program “divers” and a photographer with visual China. He was also a judge of 2016ADEX China Film.He has produced underwater micro-films such as “Heart Dragon War”, “arbitrary South Africa”, “Dream in south africa”, “Four King Island Adventures”, and “diving partners”.
Pei Xiao Yu (裴晓瑜) (China)
Pei Xiao Yu is the Founder of Merman World Dive Club, a Master Instructor of AIDA, an international judge of AIDA, and a competititve freedving athlete. He was the China Athlete of 2017 VB Blue Hole Depth Competition and came in third in AIDA China Freedive Competition under the Free Immersion (FIM) category at a depth of-82.3 meters.
Pepe Arcos (Spain)
ADEX Honorary Ambassador for Filmmaking
Former Freediving champion and now a full time photographer and filmmaker, Pepe Arcos is an award winning multitalented shooter that explores this underwater domain, holding breath for minutes at a time to capture unique images of ethereal calm.
Ping Fan (平凡) (China)
Fan Ping is a full time underwater photographer, PADI instructor, TDI cave diver, and IANTD CCR diver. He specializes in capturing nature with artistic lighting techniques, and photography in underwater caves.
Raymond Chan (China)
Raymond Chan is a SDI TDI Instructor Trainer from Hong Kong. His interest lies in cave and wreck diving. Raymond is Defender, Hammerhead, Megalodon, Poseidon, SF2 CCR instructor, and completed a deep cave dive in Thailand, Song Hong, using Hammerhead CCR to 175 meter in July 25, 2014.
Sandy You (尤玲) (China)
PhotoVideo / Guest Speaker
Sandy You is known as “Third Bro – San Di” in Greater China. She is the founder of 57 Diving club, and the key presentative in Greater China for world’s major brands of underwater photographic equipment, namely, Austria Seacam and Switzerland Kandle etc. She also works with the top photographers in the Chinese circle through underwater photography workshops.
Tobias Friedrich (Germany)
Tobias Friedrich lives in Germany and started taking pictures with a DSLR underwater in the year 2007. He is always passionate for new challenges and up for new, creative ways in underwater photography.
Thomas Dederichs (Germany)
Thomas Dederichs is the President of OMS – Ocean Management Systems, and the CEO and Founder of BtS EUROPA AG. He has been diving for more than 35 years with over 10 years of experience as a TDI Inspiration Instructor and TDI Advanced Trimix Instructor Trainer. He is also qualified as a GUE Fundamentals Instructor, GUE Cave II diver as well as PADI OWSI.
Todd Essick (USA)
Todd is an award-winning underwater art photographer. He has been involved in several television programs in Germany, including Germany’s Next Top Model. With a career in diving spanning 30 years, he was also named one of the world’s top underwater photographer. He will be relaunching his book, Echo, Goddesses, Sirens and Mermaids!
Vladimir Mladenovic (Serbia)
Vladimir Mladenovic is a professional underwater photographer and videographer and also a general manager of Subal underwater camera housings company. He specialises in Split photography and is set to showcase his collection of underwater splits in his new book, SPLIT SESSION.
Wang Tian Hong (China)
Wang Tian Hong is a professional underwater and wildlife photographer and writer. With an adequate background in media, he is sponsored by Lexar and signed by Getty Images. He is also an EPNF contracted photographer.
Wang Yuan (王元) (China)
In 2004, Wang Yuan started to learn diving. He began technological and cave diving in 2017, and founded WUD in 2017. He is committed to dive exploration, and seeks to create the establishment of a unified standard diving training system and various environmental activities.
Wei Bo (韦柏) (China)
Wei Bo is certified as a WUD TDI PADI instructor. As a leader of GXKSP ( GuangXi Karst Survey Project) in Southern China Cave diving, he is dedicated to promoting, recording, and surveying GXKSP since 2013. These projects have benefited geological studies of Chinese underground caves and caverns.
William Tan (陈为廉) (Singapore)
William Tan has been fascinated with the creatures of the sea since his childhood. He travels extensively throughout the Pacific region judging underwater photo competitions, and photographing marine life for tourism organisations, scientific research groups, dive magazines, camera manufacturers, and resorts.
Wu LiXin Kevin (吴立新) (China)
ADEX Ambassador for Technical Diving (Greater China)
Lixin Wu is a tek diver and professional underwater photographer who has many accolades to his name, such as the Silver award for macro photography at the 11th World Underwater Photography Championships. Wu is also a contract photographer with Chinese National Geography, as well as a member of the China Artistic Photography Academy.
Wu Yung Sen (Ace) (吳永森 ) (Taiwan)
Wu Yung Sen is a 40 year old photographer from Taiwan currently residing in Ho Chi Minh City. He loves underwater photography, and specialises in wide angle underwater photography and casting his subjects against inky black backgrounds for dramatic effect.
Yorko Summer (Taiwan, Greater China)
ADEX Ambassador for Photography (Greater China)
Yorko Summer is a well-known Taiwanese underwater photographer. He has worked as a senior diving instructor, travel journalist and photography lecturer. He has also been the judge of many international underwater photo contests.
Yuri Chan (陈蕊蕊) (Hong Kong)
ADEX Ambassador for Mermaids (Hong Kong, Greater China)
Yuri Chan is the founder of the Mermaid Star (HK) Academy, a film actor, singer, and an ex-TVB artist. Yuri wanted to become a mermaid since her childhood and started a mermaid course in 2016 – the only mermaid course in Hong Kong. She wants to promote the mermaid art all around the world.