It's okay if you assume this is a painting at first glance.  After all, how often have you jumped in a pond with a mask & snorkel to see lily pads from below? But yes, once you dip below the surface into my world, things take on a new shape and feel, and yes, this is a very real photograph! I've traveled more than 40 countries to photograph Earth's most exotic sea creatures and underwater locations, but isn't it amazing how beautiful the water can be, even in the most mundane of places. It's not a reef, teeming with vibrant corals and fish, but the quiet simplicity of this unexpected pond view rivals the even most stunning parts of the ocean.

- Chris Gug