Born in La Spezia in 1975, Marcello Di Francesco is a Scuba Instructor specialized in Underwater and travel Photography. In over 10 years of activity he has packed thousands of dives all around the world. Indonesia, Micronesia, Maldives, Philippines, Egypt, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Tanzania, Madagascar are just a few of the places visited and photographed during these years.
He started to shoot in 2008 with small Canon compact cameras, and slowly grown to bigger DSLR setup. Actually he shots with CANON 5DmkIV and CANON 7DmkII and various lens all in NAUTICAM housing.
Generally he’s diving sites between Liguria and Tuscany, mainly dive spot are placed in Gulf of Poets in La Spezia, Portofino and “5 Terre” Marine protected area, or ones of the many wrecks found between Savona, Genoa and Sestri Levante.
In the last few years he has successfully dedicated himself to the world of photographic competitions, obtaining many awards and placings in the world’s most popular underwater and natural photography events. Many awards at the National and International level where surely the recent allegations to Sony awards and to the Underwater Photographer of the Year 2015 in London.
In past years he’s running in many photo contests, gaining many prizes and placements in some of the best world events like Sony awards or to the Underwater Photographer of the Year 2015 in London.
Today, he is a FIPSAS judge (Italy National Federation for Fishing and Diving Activities) for the National underwater photography championship and he has been invited to join national and international juries in several underwater photography contests.
He regularly contributes with some Italian and International specialized magazines, his pictures and stories have been published on Mondo Sommerso, Il Subacqueo, Scuba Magazine, Tauchen, EZdive, Scuba zone, Asian diver and many others; He also assiduously collaborates with some underwater tourism and travel agencies organizing trip and photography expeditions.
Since 2013 he’s a member of “Nauticam Italy Image team”, a team of some of the best Italian underwater photographers that share the passion with the Nauticam’s equipment. . He has worked closely at various promotional projects and equipment test thanks to synergy with Digital Media Service, Italy Nauticam authorized store and dealer.
Together with other top Italian shooters, in 2014 he founded the IUPS – Italian Underwater Photography Society , with the mission to promote the photographic culture related with the underwater imaging in Italy, trying to develop awareness of the underwater environment and related ecological problems by promoting Through photographic excellence, conservation initiatives of the coasts, rivers, lakes and seas.
From 2017 he becomes a SEASHEPHERD volunteer; an international no-profit organization whose mission is to stop natural habitat destruction and wild specied massacre in the oceans in order to preserve and protect the ecosystem and the different species. At the same time he began several voluntary collaborations with other environmental organizations always with the aim of defending the sea and oceans, providing images or participating in conferences and events.