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Top 8 Maldivian Photographers - World Photography Day

Today is World Photography Day and what better way to celebrate photography than to share the mesmerising work of some of the most talented Maldivian photographers.

At Maldives Secrets, not only do we strive to promote The Maldives as an ideal holiday destination, but we also focus on promoting the wonderful local talents of the Maldives, by spreading the word and highlighting their incredible work.

Of course, there are many photographers in The Maldives and we are certain that there are some we haven't yet heard of or had the chance of coming across, but for now, we are sharing with you the best Maldivian Photographers, born and bread in the naturally beautiful country of The Maldives - who's work we absolutely adore and cannot wait to share with you today, World Photography Day 2020.

Hassan Ishan

Hassan Ishan, also known as See From The Sky, is a self-taught photographer based in the Maldives. Five years ago, he started his photography journey while documenting his travels around Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. Showcasing his adventurous travels was life-changing for him and Ishan described to us that 'his passion for creativity and photography ignited like a midnight bonfire' as he continued creating outstanding content of The Maldives.

Currently, he photographs the beauty of The Maldives, from lavish resorts to exotic islands... He can't wait to continue creating mesmerising content and follow his dream of travelling and inspiring people all around the world. Ishan is also a lover of nature and one of the things he loves to do is share knowledge about marine life and the environment through his content.

Amongst many, this is one of Ishan's favourite photos taken in The Maldives. This drone photograph was captured on a beautiful, sunny morning. Ishan was sitting on Rasdhoo beach when he noticed some Manta Rays in the distance, flapping their wings in the ocean. He called his local friend Rishaan (also a photographer - his work is seen further down) and asked him to grab a stand-up paddle board for a creative photo. Ishan immediately started flying his drone over the crystal-clear ocean. It was an amazing moment to capture, Ishan mentioned how lucky he was that the ocean was so calm, enabling him to capture a clear shot of this phenomenal moment that would only happen in the Maldives. 

Check out more of Ishan's work:

Instagram: @seefromthesky

Website: https://www.seefromthesky.com

Mohamed Aleef

Mohamed Aleef, also known as Leef Photos, began his photography journey by purchasing his first Sony camera whilst he was at school studying his GCSE O'Levels. Through the growing popularity of Facebook, Aleef successfully grew his audience by sharing his beautiful photography on his page. As a consequence, he was highly motivated by the immense support and positive feedback and decided to pursue photography as a career.

After having spent time working on a fishing boat (fishing being the second largest industry in The Maldives), Aleef had saved enough money to invest in his first DSLR camera and from there, his career has taken off. From resort photography, to local weddings and events... Aleef's photography skills quickly became a business and he was called to do interviews and TV appearances. Now, Aleef specialises in wedding, lifestyle and travel photography as well as social media content creation. In the future, he looks forward to travelling the world and exploring more destinations beyond The Maldives.

This is one of the most beautiful photos Aleef has taken in the Maldives. He photographed it whilst he was on a wedding photoshoot at Constance Halaveli, he says that "one of the best things about this photo is how it encapsulates nearly every aspect of Maldives nature from the school of fish, to the birds, the white sandy beach and the palm trees."

Aleef managed to capture the serenity of the beautiful Maldives blues. This photo not only became one of Aleef's favourites, but for many others also - it was shared on the popular travel accounts Beautiful Destinations and Earth Pix, Aleef also had requests from several International travel magazines asking to feature the photo. For him, it represents a treasured moment in harmony with Maldives nature and he is so happy that, as a photographer, he can inspire others around the world to travel to the Maldives.

Mohamed Ahsan

Mohamed Ahsan, also known as Shampzz, is a renowned action and sports photographer and a team member of Red Bull Photography. He specialises in stunning drone shots; the best way to caption action and adventure. His career in sports photography really took off in 2013 when he signed a freelancer contract with Red Bull, being one of the company's official photographers based in The Maldives. Since then, he has been fortunate to travel to exciting destinations around the world, have fantastic experiences and make many new friendships.

This is one of his best captures of The Maldives - it's amongst his favourites because it encapsulates his passion for extreme sports and the beauty of his home country. As the kite-surfers glide across the turquoise ocean, the Maldivian flag is perceived from above, which can only be captured by a drone. This was a national Maldives kite-surfing sporting event organised by Raalhugudi. The main purpose of Raalhugudi is to make kiteboarding the most popular extreme water-sports in the Maldives and encourage Maldivian youth and athletes to take up kiteboarding.

Check out more of Ahsan's work:

Instagram: @shampzz

Aishath Shifa

Aishath Shifa is an incredibly talented photographer and dreamer. Exploring and travelling the world has always been a childhood dream of hers and eight years ago, Shifa chose a career that helped her chase that goal. She became an air hostess, which allowed her to explore new places and meet new people everyday. That is how her journey into the realm of photography began.

Having always been passionate about photography, alongside her extensive travels, Shifa felt inspired to share her images so that she could share her travels with her loved ones. Although they are but a small glimpse of the adventures she had, nothing made her happier than to see people getting inspired by her travels.

Here is her best, unique, authentic photo taken in The Maldives - it actually turned out to be one of Shifa's preferred pictures of all time. She recalled how she had so much fun exploring and experimenting on a beautiful morning in the jungle with her lovely friends. Posing in the photo, Shifa describes as her 'little Dora', full of curiosity and wander as she explores the jungle with the rest of the group, with the rays of light piercing through the coconut tree palm leaves. Shifa leaves us with one of