Alexandre Gries was born in 1971 near Paris, France. He started learning scuba diving at age 14 and, since then, he's kept on diving regularly, ultimately becoming an instructor a few years later.
After having tasted the joys of teaching and passing on to his students his passion for nature, he discovered in the early 2000s the pleasure of underwater photography. He found himself fascinated by this photo speciality and eventually became a professional underwater photographer.
Shooting mainly in tropical waters, Alexandre got the occasion - in nearly 25 years of diving - to submerge in many places around the world.
Since late 2004, he is using digital reflex cameras, with several different lenses, in underwater housings fitted with two strobes. (read the next section about the equipment)
His work has been awarded several times.
One of his "macro" photos has been awarded a prize at the "Festival of Underwater Images of Neuchatel - Festisub 2008" - Switzerland.
One of his "wide angle" photos has also been chosen to cover the official catalog of the "Paris Dive Show 2007" - France.
Three of his "macro" photos have been awarded at the "Festival of Underwater Images of Neuchatel - Festisub 2005-2006" - Switzerland.
One of his photos of a nudibranch won first prize at the "Paris Dive Show 2005" (France) photo competition.
The photographer has also won the" Palme d'Or" at the "World Festival of Underwater Pictures in Antibes 2005" (France) in the "artistic website" category. That same year in that same festival, Alexandre was ranked 8th in the international "portfolio" competition (set of 10 photos).
Shooting also terrestrial photographs, his work is mainly dedicated to underwater photography.
Presented in the above pictures in the turquoise waters of a lagoon of the Seychelles, his companion Beatrice is his assistant and his usual model in shots that show a diver.