Michel Roggo is based in Switzerland, and this has a lot to do with his passion: He started freshwater photography in the countless crystal clear rivers and lakes of the Swiss Alps. With 25 years of experience and about 100 expeditions worldwide, he has the skills to work on a global freshwater project: photographing about 30 locations in 4 years, this in compliance with the values and ethical standards of the International League of Conservation Photographers iLCP. So far, about 30 locations have been photographed - but there will be a few more.
"As one of the few professional photographers specialising in underwater images of freshwater landscapes and species we strongly support Michel’s work “to produce a photographic documentation of 30 important freshwater environments from across the globe, focusing on underwater images, as a contribution to safeguarding the future of the world's wetland areas”. We see the need for raising public awareness of the beauty of underwater freshwater habitats and species through images such as these as a most important contribution to IUCN’s own work towards valuing and conserving nature."
Dr William Darwall, Head, IUCN Freshwater Biodiversity Unit