Rob Wilson has a passion for recording the environment at its best, most clearly reflected in his award winning photography and his leadership in the New Zealand arm of the internationally respected underwater environmental group Ghost Diving. Established in 2014, and with a mission to use technical divers to remove lost, or “ghost”, fishing gear off reefs, wrecks and any other marine area, GDNZ works with local resources, government agencies and divers free divers and kayakers to literally “clean our oceans one piece of rubbish and one net at a time”.
In the water, Rob is a dedicated Technical Diver and Underwater Photographer, whose explorations and photography have had him work with submersibles for GUE's Project Baseline in Fiji,multiple trips to the Blue Creek Resurgence “Project Middle Earth” cave diving expeditions, as well as dive many of the wrecks sunk around Aotearoa/New Zealand's coastline. He was one of the youngest divers to certify in NZ and immediately developed a passion for diving and all things diving related. He has dived, mapped and photographed most of Wellington's inner harbour and south coast and can be found there most diveable days - twins, scooters and camera in hand!
Above the surface Rob is an award winning and acclaimed landscape and astro photographer (see frontlinephotography.co.nz). He has exhibited at the prestigious World Press Photo Exhibition and his award winning image of the Pencarrow Lighthouse on a blustery Wellington night has been published nationally. Like many divers Rob's love of science fiction and the dream of the stars and weightlessness was the inspiration to dive and explore both inner & outer space. On the clear nights he's not night diving he is out photographing the Southern Sky, Milky Way and the incredible Aurora Australis (the Southern Lights).
Rob brings his passion for diving, the marine environment and photography to audiences across New Zealand and the Pacific, and has helped inspire many to dream further and fight more for the underwater world. He continues to drive GDNZ to open up new areas in NZ to work in and continues to explore new vistas to bring back images to share.