Jean Tresfon is a wildlife and landscape photographer specializing in underwater and aerial images. He lives in Cape Town and his passion lies in showcasing both his city and his country as a superb photographic destination for capturing alluring and unusual wildlife images.
His initial foray into underwater photography was a natural extension of his many years spent diving and the frustration experienced in trying to explain the wonders of the underwater world to his surface dwelling acquaintances.
It is Jean’s belief that the official lack of protection for many of our underwater ecosystems stems from their very inaccessibility and an “out of sight, out of mind” mentality. Now he hopes that his images will inspire more people to both visit and conserve these beautiful places and their inhabitants.
Jean is also a pilot and has found that flying and diving share a common trait in that they both allow a different and unusual perspective and viewpoint. He has recently started building a collection of aerial images to showcase the magnificence of the Western Cape.
Jean was named as the Getaway Gallery Photographer of the Year in 2007, had three commended images in the 2010 Fujifilm Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, won the Durban Undersea Club Photo Competition in 2012 and had a commended image in the BBC/Veolia Wildlife Photographer of the Year for 2012.
Jean is a contributor to many diving and wildlife publications, a portfolio of his work can be viewed below:
Ragged Tooth Shark swims through baitfish shoal, De Hoop MPA.
Red Jellyfish floats near the surface, Hout Bay.
Blue Shark patrols the pelagic zone, 20nm off Cape Point
Bronze Whaler Shark chasing sardines, Port St. Johns.
Brydes Whale gulping a mouthful of sardines, Port St. Johns.
Cow Shark inspecting the photographer, False Bay.
Starfish adorn a colourful granite boulder, Hout Bay
Bottlenose dolphins enjoy the storm swells, Brazen Head
A Cape Gannet swallows its catch while another makes a dive, Port St. Johns.
Southern Right Whale mother and calf, St. Sebastian Bay
Southern Right Whale mother and calf, St. Sebastian Bay.
Dusky Dolphins, Hout Bay
Pyjama Shark sleeps, De Hoop MPA
A shoal of large Cape Yellowtail, De Hoop MPA
Inquisitive Cape Fur Seal, Hout Bay
Beautiful reef and clean water, False Bay
Catface Rock Cod and stunning reef, Port St. Johns
Mating Southern Right Whales, Yzerfontein
A shoal of Dusky Kob, Aliwal Shoal
A young Cape Fur Seal is doomed by a discarded plastic ring, Hout Bay.
All images ©Jean Tresfon