Born June 2nd 1983, Gabriel Barathieu spends his childhood alongside the Atlantic ocean in the family house located in the Landes, steps away from the ocean.
It’s in 1999, on the Reunion Island, that he discovers the wonderful underwater world.
10 years later he decides to make it home.
Once back, he rediscovers the beauty of scuba diving getting his level 1 and 2 certifications along the way.
Very quickly he feels the indescribable needs to share those hidden treasures hiding under the water through his lens.
Gabriel and scuba diving
He first invested in basic material: a small Canon compact camera with a housing.
Still not very at ease with the photography part, he senses quickly that underwater photography his becoming a second passion. Perfect sequel to discovering the underwater world.
A year later, Gabriel invests in professional material:
Canon 5D Mark II
2 Subronic strobes
Several hundred dives and a few thousand pictures later he became a rebreather certified diver and discover bubble free diving in 2013.
He then gets his Trimix Normoxique certification that allows him to dive up to 70m.
Sadly, he suspends his deep diving activities in 2015 after the death of a friend and instructor in an accident.
A dream: a passion to a career
Following the tragic accident, Gabriel quit his job in the public work sector and totally focus on photography.
He then participates in prestigious photography competition and gets recognition very quickly. Here are a few examples:
Oasis photo contest, 2015-2016-2017
Trierenberg super circus, 2015-2016
Fine art Photography, 2015-2016-2017
Nature Image Award, 2016-2017
World ocean Day Contest, 2017-2018
Mont Photo, 2017
Siena International Photography Award, 2017
Golden turtle Award, 2017
He is also published in various specialized magazines like Plongez, Tauchen, EZdive, Practical Photography, Science et Vie, GEO or National geographic.
Forced to resume his former job after 2 years, Gabriel decides to set camp on the island of Mayotte and its magnificent lagoon.
More than ever he follows his dream to make a living through his passion and starts deep diving again.
At the end of 2016, Gabriel has the tremendous honor to join the Subal Pro Team (a high-end housing manufacturer).
He then became part of a select group, the best underwater photographer’s in the world, alongside guys like Brian Skerry from National Geographic or Alex Mustard to name a few.
In 2017 he won the Underwater Photographer of the year in the underwater photography category.
This very coveted title by all the underwater photographer of the world and his newly integration to the Subal Team motivates him like never to live his passion: underwater photography.
You can see all my photographs on my website www.underwater-landscape.com