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A natural wonder of the world, stretching more than 1,600 miles, the Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest organically formed structure. Last month, after years of dreaming about it, I had the opportunity to dive the reef and come face to face with some of the most beautiful underwater landscapes I’ve ever seen.

The experience has a way of spontaneously filling memory cards. In that spirit, here are 44 images I took during my time on the Great Barrier Reef, off the coast of Queensland, Australia.

[Note: Scott's visit to the GBR was sponsored by Tourism and Events Queensland. Learn more about Queensland on their blog.]

About The Author

Scott Sporleder

Since graduating from San Diego State University, Scott has dedicated 3 months a year to travel and photographing the world's unique cultures. While not on the road, you can visit Scott every summer at the Sawdust Festival in Laguna Beach. You can also view his travel photography at ScottSporleder.com.

  • Scott Butts

    Awesome photos dude!

  • Luisa Castorina

    Amazing photos Scott! Some great ‘close’ encounters!

  • Luisa Castorina

    Amazing photos Scott! Some great ‘close’ encounters!

  • Dan McCoy

    I believe that “triggerfish” is actually a mappa pufferfish.

    http://www.ozanimals.com/Fish/Map-Pufferfish/Arothron/mappa.html

  • Dan McCoy

    I believe that “triggerfish” is actually a mappa pufferfish.

    http://www.ozanimals.com/Fish/Map-Pufferfish/Arothron/mappa.html

  • Tanya Raj

    Amazing shots… loved each and every one of the pictures..

  • Craig Makepeace

    Incredible photos!

  • Len Heckroodt

    one word. BEAUTIFUL/////////

  • Ben Vadasz

    Nailed it Scott.

  • Ben Vadasz

    Nailed it Scott.

  • Nicole Crowley

    That takes me back. Utterly beautiful pictures

  • Noe Lamela

    Amazing photos. Great job Scott!

  • Noe Lamela

    Amazing photos. Great job Scott!

  • Noe Lamela

    Amazing photos. Great job Scott!

  • Noe Lamela

    Amazing photos. Great job Scott!

  • Cesar A. Aparicio

    Amazing photos, I had fun with your photos, thanks

The best experience with diving I’ve had and the highlight of my trip to Australia.
The planet's largest fish is known to be gentle with divers.
Churchill, Canada is positioned near the world's largest concentration of polar bears.
I find this part of the world wildly inviting, and I must not be alone.
The Queensland Outback is so much more than a barren landscape.
Up close and personal with the Queensland's Great Barrier Reef.
A 1300km road trip through Namibia — all “self drive,” no guides.
It's described as one of the seven wonders of the natural world.
Rosenfield’s series draws attention to the universal insecurities faced by all humans.
Diving with great white sharks in Australia's North Neptune Islands.
Every year, an estimated 30-35,000 elephants are slaughtered across Africa.
There is a mad and incredibly photogenic atmosphere in the old town of Varanasi.
The evening light was soft and almost dreamlike throughout the city.