Hannes is an award-winning underwater photographer and scuba instructor with a particular passion for capturing images of sharks and other big animals, as well as actively supporting their conservation.
He is currently the resident photographer at The Cortez Club in La Paz, Mexico where he offers all services related to underwater photography: workshops and private guiding, as well as photo shoots.
Hannes began his underwater adventures in 2003 in a dark and very cold lake in Germany and since then, his travels have taken him to many of the world's most exiting diving destinations.
After having been a "holiday diver" for over a decade, Hannes eventually decided to devote more of his time to the underwater world by taking up teaching as well as a more serious approach to photography - all in order to share his love for this special habitat and inspire others to venture out into the big blue.
He became an Ambassador for Marelux in June 2022.
Underwater Photographer of the Year 2022: 3rd place in the Macro category
United Nations World Oceans Day 2021 Photo Competition: 2nd place in the Ocean Discoveries category
Ocean Geographic Pictures Of The Year 2021: Honourable Mention in the Portfolio Category
Underwater Photographer of the Year 2021: Honourable Mention in the Black and White category
European Wildlife Photographer 2020: Honourable Mention in the Birds category
Siena International Photo Awards 2020: Highly Commended in the Animals in their Environment category
Share Our Air Photo Competition 2020: Winner of the Togetherness category
United Nations World Oceans Day 2020 Photo Competition: Winner of the Underwater Seascapes category
Ocean Geographic Pictures Of The Year 2020: Runner Up in the Seascapes category and winner of the Seascape Public Choice Award
DEEP Indonesia 2020: Silver in the animal behaviour category
Beneath The Sea Imaging Competition 2020: Best In Show and recipient of the David Doubilet Award for Excellence in Underwater Photography
Deep Visions 2019: Best Of Show and 1st place in the wide angle category
Underwater Photographer of the Year 2020: Winner of the macro category
German Underwater Photographer of the Year 2019: 3rd place
Ocean Art 2019: 4th place in the behaviour category
South Florida Underwater Photography Society Photographer of the Year 2019: Runner-Up
British Society of Underwater Photographers/DIVER Magazine Print Competition 2019: Winner
Scuba Diving Magazine Through The Lens Competition 2019: 2nd place in the wide angle category
Digital Shootout 2019: 1st place in the wide angle unrestricted category
Digital Shootout 2019: 2nd place in the wide angle traditional category
Digital Shootout 2019: 2nd place in the video category
Deep Visions 2018: 3rd place in the wide angle category