Coffee Table Books and Underwater Photography


A Day in the Life of the Great Barrier Reef
Michael AW
32 pages, colour photographs, soft cover and includes high quality postcard set, order code: BK ONO1 ($10)

This is not an ordinary picture book about the world’s largest marine park! It includes an in-depth illustrated ecology of the coral reef system by Dr Carden Wallace, Director of the Museum of Tropical Queensland, and a pictorial documentary captured over the course of a single day on the Great Barrier Reef, at a coral bommie in the Ribbon Reefs called the “Temple of Doom”.


A Souvenir of Great Barrier Reef, Australia
Steve Parish
64 pages, full colour, soft cover, order code: BK-SPSGBR ($13)

Part of a series of of souvenir guides that pay tribute to the beauty and diversity of Australia, this book showcases the wonder of the Great Barrier Reef with hundreds of Steve’s superb photographs and brief but informative text about the reef and it’s marine life. An excellent souvenir of your visit to the Great Barrier Reef.


Adventures in Ocean Exploration
Robert D. Ballard & Malcolm McConnell
281 pages, full colour, hard cover, order code: CODEN ($45)

In this lavishly illustrated chronicle, Robert Ballard (marine scientist and a pioneering explorer) uses his most exciting dives as starting points for a journeythrough time, tracing the evolution of ships and navigation from the first reed boats to the nuclear submarines of today.  Ballard tells of plunging 12,000 feet to the floor of the Atlantic and finding new life in the superheated water around active volcanoes on the Pacific Seabed. Readers join a team of technicians on the bridge of a research ship as they “fly” a state-of-the-art, unmanned submersible over the Titanic’s ghostly hull.  But this book does much more than chronicle Ballard’s unique experiences – it provides an illuminating history of humankind’s relationship with the ocean. Capturing the irresistible lure of the sea in lively text and 200 vivid illustrations, this fascinating book combines history with the excitement of discovery.


The Boat Ride Home “A Life of Lights”
Robert Warring
241 pages, black & white, soft cover, order code: BK-RW ($22)

A true life story of the author’s adventures from prawn-fishing, diving the Great Barrier Reef, professional yachtsman, and hair-raising adventures down the Amazon and in China. Full of excitement and intrigue, this is a thought-provoking book with a profound and honest environmental message.


Celebrate The Sea
Michael AW & Stephen Wong
180 pages, full colour, soft cover, order code: BK-ON7 ($40)

This beautiful pictorial guide to life in the sea features an inspiring collection of images showcasing the beauty of the underwater world of the Indo-Pacific region. The stunning images cover everything from tiny little critters hiding in the muck to charismatic and endangered species likes turtles, wahles, dolphins and dugongs. It is truly a celebration of life in the sea!


Dive Log of My Underwater Adventures
OceanNEnvironment & Michael Aw

Colour photographs, soft cover, order code: BK-ON6 ($12)

A handy little dive log with tips on diving safety, first aid, how to ID fishes, , and plenty of room to record your training and certified dives (including dive sites, temperature, visibility, air, depth, time, buddy, observations, highlights, etc), interspersed with beautiful photos by Michael Aw.


The Great Barrier Reef – A World Heritage National Park
Gary Bell & Dr Tony Ayling
223 pages, full colour, hard cover, order code: BK-SPGBR ($60)

This books documents the living wonder of the Great Barrier Reef – the largest World Heritage Area on the planet! Marine biologist, Dr Tony Ayling, complements Gary Bell’s award-winning photography with informative text about the evolution and ecology of life on the reef. An ideal book for divers and snorkellers who want something to grace their coffee table with superb images and inspire their friends, whilst also wanting to learn a little bit more about this unique and spectacular ecosystem.


Life in the Sea: as it is, how it came to be, how it could become
Werner Grüter
288 pages, colour photographs, hard cover, order code: BK-DE22 ($112)

In 13 chapters with over 300 photographs and illustrations, this book presents an easy-to-understand picture of life in the sea in all its astonishing complexities. This book provides an excellent introduction to marine biology for the non-scientist, covering every aspect of life in the sea from it’s beginnings, to the present day, and beyond. If you’ve ever wondered things like  “why don’t fish taste salty?” or “why do mudskippers skip?” then this is the book for you! The author’s experience as a professor of neurology and psychology as well as a keen diver and amateur marine biologist, provides a unique view of the underwater world.


One Ocean Portraits
Michael AW & Donald Tipton
28 pages, colour, soft cover, order code: BK-ON5 (14)

This collection of marine portraits features sixteen 12″ x 10″ ready-to-frame high quality prints of dolphins, fish, sharks, whales and turtles. Ideal for anyone wanting to liven up their walls with beautiful images! It also contains notes from the photographs on the photographs  and species they showcase.


Realm of the Pygmy Seahorse
Constantinos Petrinos
256 pages, colour photographs, hard cover, order code: CSI-30 ($130)

This book features the best 280 photographs from a choice of 25,000 taken over a 5 month period. The author attempts to give the reader an insider’s view on the daily lives of the animals in a complex reef ecosystem that features a variety of habitats. Underwater photographers will find a wealth of information on technique, and for the naturalist, the rich text explains the spectacular behaviour seen in the photographs. This is a new concept in the traditional ‘coffee table’ book.


Top Dive Sites of the World
Jack Jackson
168 pages, full colour, hard cover, order code: BK-CSITDSW ($59)

This book vividly portrays the full spectrum of the diving experience: the heart-pumping adrenalin rush of watching great white sharks in a feeding frenzy; the fascination of exploring the eerie silhouettes of a coral-encrusted wreck; the exhilaration of being enveloped by the ‘wings’ of a school of manta rays; and the simple enchantment of snorkelling over exquisitely coloured coral reefs. Beautiful photographs are accompanied by maps and travel tips for 75 of the best dive sites around the world.


Underwater Photography

An Essential Guide to Digital Underwater Photography 
Michael AW with Mathieu Meu
2nd edition. 127 pages, full colour, soft cover, order code: BK-BEGUP ($26)

This book is an absolutely Essential Guide for those who want to shoot beautiful digital pictures underwater. The modules are well thought out giving detailed descriptions and explanations about using digital cameras underwater, exposure, use of light and shooting techniques for macro and wide-angle imagery. Includes tutorials on photo editing, colour correction and file management. A generous number of colourful graphics and photographs are used to illustrate the techniques and key points of underwater photography. Learn all the secrets from a true master.


Beyond the Essentials: An Advanced Guide to Digital Underwater Photography 
Michael AW with Mathieu Meur
131 pages, full colour, soft cover, order code: BK-AGDUP ($26)

This guide takes you far beyond the essentials of digital underwater photography. For the serious photographer who wishes to appreciate and embrace the art of underwater imagery. The photographic techniques to create successful pictures are reviewed in detail. The modules are structured to give comprehensive descriptions about the composition and techniques for ambient light photography, macro and super macro, wide-angle imagery with and without a model to shooting filters and with HID lights.


Books are available for sale at Reef Teach at the prices listed above, but may also be ordered by phone, fax or email. Please contact us for a quote including postage and packing.

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