Thursday, November 30, 2023

Martin Zapanta Launches Freediver Photo Collection


Photographer Martin Zapanta has just launched a collection of beautifully choreographed scenes of freedivers surrounded by natural marine life.

Martin was out on vacation island hopping when he went snorkeling for the first time and almost drowned. When he regained consciousness, he noticed one of his friends effortlessly diving deep into the ocean and coming back up and became fascinated. Martin went home and looked up freediving, and it took him four years after the near-death experience to try a freediving lesson. From that point he never turned back; he’s gone on to become the No. 1 freediver in the Philippines and holds 15 national records.

On the creative side, Martin started his career as a graphic designer. He realized the crossover of photography within the medium and began teaching himself how to shoot.

After a few years of commercial work (mixed with freediving as a side hobby), he decided to move back to the Bohol (where he first almost drowned) to pursue photography and freediving full time.

His photo collection can be found online at Santo Gallery.

John Liang
John Liang
John Liang is the News Editor at He first got the diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.