About

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Chimera Visuals is a Visual Storytelling Company founded and managed by João Rodrigues.

João Rodrigues is a photojournalist specialized in Natural History and Conservation, graduated with a BSc degree in Biology from the University of Algarve, Faro, as well as with an MSc in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from the University of Ghent, Belgium.

As a Biologist and professional diver for near over a decade, João Rodrigues has been very active in exploring and studying the marine and aquatic environments. Since 2010, he has been working in several marine and aquatic environments as well as challenging underwater scenarios such as: freshwater caves, deep seamounts in the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, frozen waters from the Nordic Seas, Shipwrecks in the Baltic sea, marine caves, estuarine lagoons, reefs, rivers, lakes etc.

The passion and experience in natural history imagery grew while João Rodrigues was living in the Azores archipelago. During the years of 2015 and 2016, he worked as a guide, safety diver and assistant of acclaimed underwater photographers and filmmakers. He has participated in several photography campaigns for international diving magazines and gave his contribution in documentaries such as “Europe´s Wild Islands” from National Geographic Channel, “Blue Planet 2” from BBC, “Oásis-Azores Islands, North Atlantic Ocean“ from NHK channel, “+ ou – 5mètres” from Arte channel, and “Life at the Extreme-Deep/Azores” from iTV channel etc.

As a photojournalist for National Geographic Portugal, João Rodrigues believes that photography is one of the most powerful tools for Nature conservation. Currently, he is working on projects to promote the portuguese and international underwater natural heritage, collaborating with university research groups and environmental NGOs.

Combining an in-depth academic knowledge of wild environments (especially marine and aquatic) with a unique perspective for capturing images, his aim is to educate and impassion people about nature through his images.