I was fascinated by photography since childhood. I secretly took my mom's camera capturing nature and animals whenever possible, hoping she wouldn't notice. She never said anything when she saw the pictures I took, just smiled to herself.
When I was 16 and was traveling with my own camera for the first time, I quickly combined my passion for diving with photography. Initially with a small waterproof camera, but soon with the first SLR camera in a UW housing.
I started selling my first pictures at the beginning of the 90s. The first diving article appeared in TAUCHEN Magazine in 1994 and others soon followed. The hobby grew into a profession that became my calling. It's not always easy to survive in this profession, but it's fun and thanks to the support of my wife and daughter it's possible to bring pictures from all over the world and write about extraordinary goals.
What am I doing today? I work as a team with my wife Sibylle Gerlinger and research stories, photograph extraordinary stories and occasionally work as a PhotoPro tour guide for diving tour operators. So I travel around the world a lot and can report a lot about it.
My focus is on travel, diving, workshops, lectures, diving technique and equipment testing.
Born on January 12, 1964 near Munich
Grew up and lives in Bavaria - west of Munich
Married to Sibylle Gerlinger and father of a great daughter
First contact with a camera as a child
First SLR camera at the age of 16
First dive at 15 years old
First diving license at the age of 16
First underwater camera at the age of 26 (1990)
Diving instructor M1 since 1994
Private pilot license since 1990
First publication in the LTU magazine in 1991 (LTU on-board magazine)
First publication in a diving magazine in 1994 (TAUCHEN Magazine)
Various placements in photo competitions 1995-1997
Mares Ambassador since 1997
Winner of the 1997 Indonesian UW Photo Championship (Derawan)
Freelance UW photographer and journalist since 1997
Freelancer for many years at DAUCHEN, UNDERWASSER, SILENT WORLD, TAUCHER.net, TAUCHER REVUE, AQUANAUT, ATLANTIS, REISEN EXCLUSIV, REISEFIEBER, and much more.
Tech diver since 2001
Rebreather diver since 2002
Diving instructor M2 since 2007
Diving instructor M3 since 2008
Tour guide at WATERWORLD TAUCHREISEN since 2010
Seacam Ambassador since 2015
Diving instructor trainer M4 since 2017
Fullcave Diver since 2019
Hundreds of publications in dozens of magazines worldwide
Images in more than 140 stock agencies worldwide
Speaker at diving trade fairs worldwide (Boat, ADEX, DRT, Interdive, etc.)
School representative for environment and nature conservation
THE WORLD IS FOR DIVING
Antarctica Argentina Australia Austria Azores Bahamas Balearic Belice Brasil Islands Canada Canary Islands Cayman Islands China Christmas Islands Cocos Islands Comoros Croatia Cock Islands Columbia Costa Rica Curacao Cyprus Czech Republic Domenican Republic Ecuador Egypt Falkland Islands Fiji French Polynesia Finland France Galapagos Great Guatemala Hong Kong India Indonesia Irland Italy Jordan Kenya Lichtenstein Libya Luxembourg Malaysia Maldives Malta/Gozo Marroco Mauritius Mexico Monaco Mozambique Nepal Netherlands New Zealand Nicaragua Russia Palau Panama Philippines PNG Poland Portugal Scotland Sibira Slovacia Slovenia Solomon Islands South Africa Spain Sri Lanca Switzerland Tansania Thailand Tunesia Turkey United Arab Emirates United Kingdom United States Vanuatu Venezuela Yemen