Transform Your Photo to Art at COMO Maalifushi with underwater photographers, Henley Spiers and Jade Hoksbergen

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01 January, 2023

An Ultra-luxury Maldives resort COMO Maalifushi welcomes to explore a whole new world beneath the waves guided by award-winning underwater photographers, Henley Spiers and Jade Hoksbergen.

This celebrated, artistic couple will be in residence at COMO Maalifushi from April 17th to 30th 2023, where they’ll be offering a series of exciting activities.

“We are thrilled to return to one of our favourite places in the world. Our main focus will be exploration of new environments and fresh encounters – to create imagery which does justice to the beauty of COMO Maalifushi.

Henley Spiers and Jade Hoksbergen

Transform your photo to art and learn the craft of underwater photography from some of the best in the industry, or come away with unforgettable portraits of yourself. Spiers and Hoksbergen will also be available to mingle at weekly cocktails with the resort team.

Underwater Photoshot

Maalifushi's flourishing house reef.

Have your underwater portraits captured by Spiers or Hoksbergen while you explore Maalifushi's flourishing house reef. Inclusions: Scuba equipment, the services of a guide and a photographer, electronic copies of at least five high-res photos. Price: US$600

Underwater Photography Tuition

private undewater tuition

Hone your underwater eye with a full day of private tuition from Spiers or Hoksbergen. Embark on two dives to capture your images, then review them for post-production back at the resort. Inclusions: Two dives with scuba equipment, the services of a private guide and photographer, post-production workshop and lunch for two. Price: US$1,200

COMO Conversation

observations about the marine life

Every week, Spiers and Hoksbergen will host a COMO Conversation about their journeys into underwater photography, their favourite underwater anecdotes and any recent observations about the marine life around the resort. Attendance is complimentary.

Play by COMO

Play by COMO

Spiers and Hoksbergen will also host a variety of activities for younger guests each week such as Aquatic Detectives, Marine Walks and more.

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About Henley Spiers and Jade Hoksbergen

Henley Spiers is a British-French dive instructor and award-winning underwater photographer with a longstanding relationship with COMO Hotels and Resorts. His photographs have won the Grand Prize for the Hamdan International Photography Award and been exhibited at the ‘Wildlife Photography of the Year’ held at the Natural History Museum in London. Spiers’s photographs at our destinations have won the first prize of the Festisub Duo Mer and the UN World Oceans Day contest. Spiers was also the assigned photographer for the Nekton Maldives Mission: the first 1000m-deep survey of Maldivian waters.

Jade Hoksbergen is a French-Taiwanese artist who is equally adept with a paintbrush as she is a camera. Hoksbergen’s underwater photography celebrates small aquatic wonders such as hidden marine characters in each reef. Many of her photographs have been published, awarded and printed on canvases around the globe. Hoksbergen is also comfortable in front of the camera as an underwater model, and she has graced several magazine covers.

Spiers and Hoksbergen have co-authored two books and are committed to sharing the wonders of the ocean through art. They are proud members of the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Ocean Commitment: an assembly of leading underwater photographers and scientists in the pursuit of ocean conservation. They live in Devon, UK with their two young daughters.

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