Rico Besserdich – References

Published Books

Rico Besserdich has created and published the following books:

Rico Besserdich's Song of Silence - A Book about Water

Song of Silence – A Book About Water

published November 2017

A visual-philosophic journey into the beauty and importance of the element that unites all living beings on Planet Earth, water.

30x30cm, Hard Cover, 132 pages, 104 photographs, 97 text contributions, English. ISBN: 978-605-82119-0-2

For further information and orders: www.songofsilence.com

Book Underwater Photography basic
Underwater Photography I (basic)

published July 2015

The official textbook for the underwater photography basic specialty course. 
DIWA, Diving Instructor World Association.

Underwater Photography advanced book by Rico Besserdich
Underwater Photography II (advanced)

published November 2015

The official textbook for the advanced underwater photography specialty course. 

DIWA, Diving Instructor World Association

Art Exhibitions

Solo, shared, and curated exhibitions by Rico Besserdich:

  • “Aquatic Imaging & Reality Fractions” (Exhibition Curator), Havagazi Culture Center, Izmir/Turkey, March 2019
  • “Song of Silence” (solo exhibition)
    Norsk Taiji Center, Oslo/Norway, December 2018
  • “Song of Silence” (solo exhibition)
    Body Mind Spirit Festival, Oslo/Norway, November 2018
  • “Aquatic Imaging” (exhibition curator)
    Digital Photography & Printing Expo, Izmir/Turkey, April 2018
  • “Aquatic Visions” (solo exhibition)
    15th International Marmara Image Festival, Turkey, September 2015
  • “Water Arts” (shared)
    2nd International Photography Days
    Turkey, October 2013
  • “The Underwater World of Rico Besserdich” (solo), ScubaCam Image Festival, Slovakia, March 2012
  • “Underwater Magic” (shared)
    1st International Photography Days
    Turkey, October 2011
  • “Mavi Mystique II” (solo exhibition) Kas/Antalya/Turkey, October 2010
  • “Mavi Mystique I” (solo exhibition)
    Society of Photography Fine Arts, Izmir/Turkey, May 2010

Competition Judge

Rico Besserdich was involved as a juror at the following photography contests:

  • SIENA International Photography Awards
  • OASIS International Wildlife & Nature Photography Contest
  • MISS MERMAID USA International Underwater Model Contest
  • ADEX 2016 ‘Voice of the Ocean Photography & Arts Contest’
  • AFAD International Fine Arts Photography Competition
  • ScubaCam Nature & Wildlife Festival & Photography Contest
  • EUDI PHOTO Contest – Italy
  • MYSHOT by X-RAY Mag & Scubaportal
  • UnderwaterPhotography.com

Special Features

Rico’s photographic work was featured in the following publications:

  • SUBMERGE Magazine – South Africa
    (featured photographer)
    (featured in the special edition “102 inspiring photographers you must know”)
  • DIVE THE WORLD Magazine – International (featured photographer)
  • ASIAN DIVER Magazine – Singapore
    (featured photographer)
  • Szeroki Kadr by NIKON – Poland
    (featured photographer)
  • UW360 – Asia
    (underwater photographer of the month)
  • Deniz Magazine – Turkey
    (featured photographer)
  • 72&rising Magazine – Australia
    (featured photographer)
  • UNDERSEA TRAVEL Magazine – Korea (featured photographer)
    (featured in the special edition “Inspiring Images of Iconic Locations”)
    (editor’s choice)

Speeches and Presentations

Rico Besserdich has performed speeches and presentations at the following institutions and events:

  • Nobel Museum, Stockholm
  • ADEX Show, Singapore
  • DEMA Show, Orlando/USA
  • The Swedish Parliament, Stockholm
  • International Photography Days, Izmir
  • Embassy of Chile, Stockholm
  • EUDI Show, Italy
  • BOOT Show, Germany
  • ScubaCam Festival, Slovakia
  • Faculty of Fine Arts
    Dokuz Eylül University, Turkey
  • SAAR Academy of Fine Arts, Germany
  • Izmir Photography Trade Fair, Turkey
  • Body, Mind & Spirit Festival, Oslo


Rico Besserdich’s images and articles have been published in the following magazines, books, and newspapers:

  • X-RAY Magazine
  • inFocus Magazine
  • Daily Mirror Newspaper
  • Dykking Magazine
  • TAUCHEN Magazine
  • 72&rising Magazine
  • Divemaster Magazine
  • Asian Geographic Magazine
  • Submarine Magazine
  • Ocean Geographic Magazine
  • The Dakota Hunter (book)
  • Sub2O Magazine
  • Scuba Diver Through The Lens
  • UwP Magazine
  • “Atmosfera seguido de Parasangas”
    by Antidio Cabal (book)
  • Milliyet Newspaper
  • Undersea Travel Magazine
  • Asian Diver Magazine


Rico Besserdich is a member of the following organisations/institutions

  • OCEAN ARTISTS SOCIETY (http://www.oceanartistssociety.org)
  • Izmir Society of Photography Fine Arts
  • COLEMAN Research Group
  • OCEANUS Marine Research Group
  • International Association of Dive Professionals

Other Qualifications

  • Instructor Trainer ( Moniteur 3 ) – CMAS/IAC (International Aquanautic Club)
  • Advanced Underwater Photography Instructor – CMAS


Other accolades and achievements

  • Workshop leader “Artistic Underwater Photography”, Saar Academy of Fine Arts, Germany
  • Special guest at the 2018 Nobel Dialogue “Water Matters”, NOBEL Organisation, Stockholm
  • Curator/Project Leader “Aquatic Imaging” Art exhibition, Izmir Photography trade show
  • Expert/Advisor for photography and scuba-diving, Coleman Research Group
  • Facilitator at the “Sustainable Diving Think Tank”, Blue Ocean Network
  • Creator of the scuba-diving specialty courses Underwater Photography 1&2 and Underwater Model – DIWA / Diving Instructor World Association
  • Member of the Board of Advisors, Diveadvisor.com
  • Curator “Macro Edition” – Edition Fifty Fathoms


Rico received the following awards

  • DIWA Award 2015 (best photographer)
  • World Champion of Underwater Photography 2011/12 – underwaterphotography.com
  • Merit of Excellence Award 2013 – Ocean Geographic Society
  • University Award – 9. Eyluel University, Faculty of Fine Arts
  • “Best Black&White Underwater Photographs of all Times” – Edition Fifty Fathoms
  • “Finalist 2012” – The OPEN of Photography


With Rico Besserdich, water has found its protagonist”.


Editor, DIVEMASTER Magazine

His work is absolutely fabulous

Prof. Dr. Rolf Sachsse

Vice Rector
SAAR Academy of Fine Arts

An artist with a beautiful purpose in Life.’

Ernest Brooks
Ernie Brooks


“Rico’s work intrigued me by its vivid color, sharpness, and excellent composition. I could tell by his work that he knew what he was doing.  He has a vast knowledge and passion for underwater photography and his images show it”.



“Rico Besserdich’s stunning photographic work, his long term dedication to, and deep understanding of, the Fine Arts means that he was always going to stand out from the crowd. Along with his award winning photography, his clear vision and insight have helped in his trajectory to international fame and recognition.”

Dr. Richard Wylie

CEO, Founder
Eukafia Research

Shh. Can you hear that? Your sense of hearing might not be your first go-to choice for enjoying photography. But with his knack for pushing the boundaries of light and color, aquatic imaging artist Rico Besserdich’s images are often symphonic masterpieces. You just have to know how to listen.

Joseph Tepper

Editor, DPG

“Without water there’s is no life, without art, there is no appreciation of one’s passion. Rico certainly has filled both gaps. Astounding imaginary of the water world through his eyes is beyond words, truly something for the senses to experience.”

Vishnu Rajendran Amboo


“One of his many extraordinary skills which I like most, is his “out-of-the-box“ thinking, that makes his pictures to real eye catchers. Enjoying his artfully created portraits, macros or wide angle shots, his excellence in every category makes your eyes sparkling and your soul craving for the next dives !”

Henry Jager


“Rico has a real ‘eye’ for photography”

Benny Sutton