I would like to add a few words about myself:
I have been taking photos for over forty years and I have been shooting underwater since 2006. As for the photographic equipment, in the past I used Praktika and Panasonic cameras. Lately, I have been using cameras and lenses made by Canon and Sony. For underwater photography I use Sea & Sea equipment (from D.E.A.W.S. Centrum s.r.o.). When photographing the “above water” world, I mostly focus on landscape photography, I like to photograph trips “not only” for diving and I like to work on some interesting topics as well. Underwater photography definitely is special. I try to convey views from the underwater world of the oceans, seas and lakes both from the warm climatic zone and as well as from the cold northern areas. In recent years, cenotes and caves on the Yucatan Peninsula have become my matter of the heart. I try to capture the mysterious beauty of what can be seen in the caves while diving. I am involved in some photographic communities in whose galleries I publish some of my photos. It is the Czech Gallery Megapixel, a global gallery 1x and the world-wide ViewBug community.
My photographic achievements:
- 2nd place – silver star award in the international photography contest „ND Awards 2021“ in the „Nature: Underwater“ professional category with the series of 5 pictures „Mystery of flooded caves“
- Honorable Mention in the “Wildlife” category in the worldwide competition “Neil Dankoff Photography Competition 2021, 500px Fall Edition” with the photo „Lucernaria Quadricornis”
- 1st place in the international competition „MonoVisions Photography Awards 2021“ in the category „Nature and Wildlife“ with the series of 8 photographs „Mystery of flooded caves“
- Second in Category „Documentary & Journalist Photography“ with a series of 4 photographs „Diving in Flooded Caves“ in the competition „Ward Museum Photo Festival 2021“
- Second position – “Runners-Up” position in the “Landscape” category in the worldwide competition “Neil Dankoff Photography Competition 500px Edition 2021” with the photo “Blue Cave Eye”
- TOP 10 award in the “Landscape” category in the “Photo Is Light 2020” World Photography Contest with the image “Blue Eye“, Interview on PIL
- 2nd place in the world wide competition “Ocean Art Safe Under The Sea 2020” in category “Underwater Art” with the “Under the Ice of the White Sea” photo
- 2nd place in the world wide competition “Ocean Art Safe Under The Sea 2020” in category “Wide Angle” with the “Flooded Magic Castle” photo
- 1st place (Gold) in the world wide competition “DEEP Indonesia 2020” in category “Divers” with the “Diver in the Magic Temple” photo
- 2nd place (Silver) in the world wide competition “DPG/Wetpixel Masters Underwater Imaging Competition 2020” in category “Wide Angle Traditional” with the “Dragon’s teeth” photo
- 4th place in one of the world’s most prestigious “Ocean Art 2019” contests with the “Lucernaria Quadricornis” photo in the “Macro” category
- Photography “Diving in the Flooded Cave La Concha-upstream” among twenty semi-finalists in the category “Creative by Skylum” in the prestigious competition “Red Bull Illume Image Quest 2019“, which was entered almost 60 thousand photographs
- Photography “In the flooded cave Vaca Ha – upstream” was rated the best photo of 2019 in the ViewBug community and was awarded the title “Grand Jury Winner“.
Diving, traveling and, additionally to it, photographing requires quite a lot of time. I would like to express my thanks for their kind cooperation first of all to my wife Lidka, who is a my buddy and who patiently undergoes the eternal “waiting for the photographer”; big thanks belongs to my sons: director of photography Martin Polach, who is my great photographic consultant and to my son Petr Polach, who is my second buddy. I would like to say “thank you” also to Mr. David Dusek for his key cooperation during photographing in the caves of Yucatan.
Photographic trips (“not only”) for diving are organized by myself, my wife and my son, depending on our possibilities. We sometimes use the services of other organizations and dive centers, among which I would like to mention SPELEO ZONE MEXICO, D.E.A.W.S. Centrum s.r.o.(CZ), BARAKUDA DIVING s.r.o. (CZ), Kapr Divers, s.r.o. (CZ), TOP DIVE s.r.o. (CZ), UWH s.r.o. (CZ), DIVE.IS (Iceland), Aggressor Adventures (USA) and Ballinskelligs Boats (Ireland). I am looking forward to any comments you may have regarding my web site.
Petr Polách, Šumperk