Ideal Photo for ID

The Image should

  1. Be at right angles to the left or right hand flank (side) of the shark
  2. Be clear enough to show spots and markings on the shark’s skin
  3. Not be over exposed, making markings difficult to differentiate
  4. The strobe should be positioned to minimise “backscatter” in the image, as this gets confused with the shark’s markings
  5. Be captured in the highest resolution for you camera type
  6. Be sent to the website in J-peg format, preferably no larger than 2Mb

Method for photographing Grey Nurse Sharks

  1. Approach dive site in a calm and controlled manner.
  2. Position yourself in a suitable location to obtain clear images of the sharks.
  3. Be patient, remain as still as possible in order to allow the sharks to swim past you in their natural pattern.
  4. Do Not Chase or harm the shark. Refer to the Australian Department of the Environment's Code of Conduct for diving with grey nurse sharks.

Examples of Good photos

a sexually immature shark—select 'unknown' for sex when uploading your image
a juvenile male
an adult male

Image Ownership

We only require these images for research purposes. The ownership of these images always remains with you. Whenever images are used in publications and/or on the website, recognition will be given to the photographer.