FOR Justin Bruhn, the best way to help save underwater treasures like the Great Barrier Reef is by immersing himself in his subject.
The extraordinary images the Noosa underwater photographer surfaces with often travel around the world.
Justin is the featured artist of the month at David Hart Galleries in Hastings St and tomorrow at 5pm he will speak of his deep commitment to marine conservation as part of a special presentation of his work.
He has spent the past 10 years diving into the some of the most environmentally diverse locations on the planet, including New Zealand, Fiji, Thailand, Central America and Australia.
Justin said he first took up an underwater camera while working up north as a dive instructor.
He went from taking photos of dive tourists to capturing his stunning images of underwater creatures.
A main goal is to raise awarness of "the importance of maintaining harmony and balance in one of our most precious resources".
"It is quite magical when you're down there and you capture some creature that may be on the threatened or endangered list, and you are able to share that with people who do not enter that environment," he said.
Justin said it was these images portrayed "exactly as I see it through my camera lens" that will help raise awareness of local creatures under threat like the green and loggerhead turtles as well as the grey nurse shark.
Justin works closely with the Australian Marine Conservation Society as part of his mission to "connect people with the beauty and the vulnerability of our endangered marine life".
View Justin's website at pureunderwaterimaging.com. David Hart Galleries' number is 5476 7243.