Mario Vitalini

Escorted Photography Holidays

Scuba travel have been running photography workshops since 2009.  In that time hundreds of divers have travelled the globe with us, visiting the world’s top diving destinations. We are delighted that Mario Vitalini will start to run photography escorted holidays with Scuba Travel in 2017. Mario is well know to Scuba Travel having been a guide on one of our Red Sea liveaboards as well as travelling with us to the majority of our destinations over the last 12 years!

Mario Vitalini

Mario has been involved in photography since his earliest years, starting on land. His first underwater camera was a Nikonos V in the late 1980s, and he’s been diving with a camera ever since.  The technology has come a long way since then! 

He’s a certified PADI IDC Staff Instructor, and has thousands of logged hours teaching diving and sharing his passion for the world underwater.  As well as having worked in Colombia, Belize and Egypt, he’s travelled the globe in search of world class photo opportunities, but also had to make it work in some less than favourable conditions!  It’s not just about where you are, but how you approach the dive that makes for great underwater photography.  He’s well known for his patient, calm approach – he will help you develop new skills and build your confidence in a relaxed environment .  As well as helping you get to grips with underwater photography,

Mario’s areas of expertise include in kit selection and digital editing.  His innovative use of light and eye as an editor won him “Up and coming British Photographer of the Year” at UPY 2015.


Mario has a thorough understanding of modern camera systems and their use underwater; he is ideally placed to advise photographers on equipment that may initially seem complex. His own photography is grounded in a comprehensive knowledge of the principles that underpin light in the sea, which he presents in a series of informal talks that will prove useful to anyone with an underwater camera. His knowledge of Red Sea reefs in particular gives workshop participants a fuller insight into the layers of life and colour awaiting them. After years of guiding divers, he has a love for the sea evident in his own photography, and the way he communicates this passion to his guests.
Simon Rogerson, Editor, SCUBA magazine

Dates: 30 May 2018 - 06 Jun 2018

Hurricane | Shark Quest Photography

Mario Says...I have timed this trip to coincide with what is, in my experience of the Red Sea, the best time of year for the hammerheads and manta encounters at Daedalus Reef. With strong sightings, we have the time and chance to repeat dive sites - these are key to getting the very best possible shots of some of my favourite pelagics. MORE

Dates: 09 Jun 2018 - 09 Jun 2018

UK Photography Courses | Private 1 to 1 pool session

Mario Says...Learn at your own pace with this 1:1 UK based underwater photography course. Sessions can be arranged to suit any day of the week at London School of Diving or on selected weekends at Surrey Sports Park. Please ask for more dates and scheduling info. MORE

Dates: 10 Jun 2018 - 10 Jun 2018

UK Photography Courses | Private 1 to 1 pool session

Mario Says...Learn at your own pace with this 1:1 UK based underwater photography course. Sessions can be arranged to suit any day of the week at London School of Diving or on selected weekends at Surrey Sports Park. Please ask for more dates and scheduling info. MORE

Dates: 07 Jul 2018 - 14 Jul 2018

Cyclone | Red Sea Photography

Mario Says...This is a great trip for anyone interested in underwater photography (or if you are just not feeling confident about using your camera!). Mario will cover the basic principles to get you up and running in no time, as well as more advanced techniques for experienced shooters. We pick this time as there will be no shortage of great subject matter to shoot, from impressive wrecks to huge schools of fish, especially at Shark and Yolanda reef! MORE

Dates: 21 Jul 2018 - 21 Jul 2018

UK Photography Courses | Private 1 to 1 pool session

Mario Says...Learn at your own pace with this 1:1 UK based underwater photography course. Sessions can be arranged to suit any day of the week at London School of Diving or on selected weekends at Surrey Sports Park. Please ask for more dates and scheduling info. MORE

Dates: 22 Jul 2018 - 22 Jul 2018

UK Photography Courses | Private 1 to 1 pool session

Mario Says...Learn at your own pace with this 1:1 UK based underwater photography course. Sessions can be arranged to suit any day of the week at London School of Diving or on selected weekends at Surrey Sports Park. Please ask for more dates and scheduling info. MORE

Dates: 22 Nov 2018 - 29 Nov 2018

Hurricane | Shark Quest

Mario Says...I have timed this trip to coincide with what is, in my experience of the Red Sea, the best time of year for the oceanic white tips on the big walls. With strong sightings, we have the time and chance to repeat dive sites - these are key to getting the very best possible shots of some of my favourite pelagics. MORE

Dates: 20 Jan 2019 - 27 Jan 2019

Cyclone | The Winter Warmer

Mario Says...This is going to be a great trip to pin down those skills necessary to allow your underwater photography to progress. Maybe you've just got some new kit, and you want to iron out the wrinkles, or you've always wanted to master wide angle strobe positioning. A trip like this gives us enormous freedom to try out things repeatedly, and this is the best way to ensure that the learning sticks, and with every little milestone your confidence will grow, exponentially! MORE

Dates: 23 May 2019 - 30 May 2019

Hurricane | Corals, caves & critters

Mario Says...Mario Vitalini will teach you to work with natural light and wide angle photography. Martyn Guess will show you the secrets of amazing fish portraits and using strobes.Together, they will help you build a stunning selection of classic Red Sea image MORE

Dates: 06 Sep 2019 - 14 Sep 2019

Mermaid II | Komodo National Park

Mario Says...Join me in Komodo in 2019 on board Mermaid 2 with this small group workshop! This is one of the big fish spots in Indonesia, with huge biodiversity on the reefs as well. This trip has been timed for the best manta encounters. Vibrant fish life and superb coral reefs. On a single day you can dive with sharks, mantas, turtles, octopus, frog fish, nudis you name it! The trip also includes an island visit to Komodo National Park to see the famous dragons. From a practical point of view, Mermaid 2 is ideal for Komodo. She is a steel hull and very stable. Excellent food and on board massage (local charges). But it was the guides and crew that really help this trip stand out in an exciting destination for photographers. MORE

Komodo National Park

Komodo National Park is well known for the ferocious looking dragons but it is also growing in reputation as being a must do dive destination in Indonesia. The unique ecology of the area, formed by volcanic activity, has shaped a diver's paradise un... MORE

Shark Quest

Shark Quest is all about diving the southern Red Sea at its seasonal best and spending more time on fewer, carefully selected dive sites. We trust the local knowledge and experience of our dive teams. Building on their know how and recent sightings, ... MORE

Shark Quest Photography

Shark Quest Photography is a trip dedicated to looking for the best shark photo opportunities. There is a great variety of shark species that live in the Red Sea and this itinerary seeks to spend longer at sites where you have the very best chances t... MORE

The Winter Warmer

Are you looking to shake off those winter blues? Then why not come along with Mario on his Winter Warmer™ getaway to the Red Sea for some much needed winter underwater photography! This is a dedicated a photo itinerary in the Northern Red Sea ... MORE

Red Sea Photography

From small pocket sized compact cameras to huge SLR rigs with multiple strobes, divers have never invested more time or money into taking underwater photographs. Yet, do you go home disappointed when your images fail to convey the beauty of your Red ... MORE

Corals, caves & critters

Improve your photo skills in bite size chunks with not one but 2 on board photo pros - Mario Vitalini and Martyn Guess. Their corals, caves and critters itinerary takes in the very best of the Southern Red Sea and will suit a range of camera experien... MORE