Capturing Critters in Lembeh Underwater Photography Workshop 2023

Capturing Critters in Lembeh is finally back for the 10th year running!! After postponing the 2022 workshop due to Covid travel uncertainty, the 2023 workshop is our most anticipated event ever – and we are going DOUBLE!! That’s right, in 2023 we are holding two Capturing Critters events back to back! We cannot believe that over a decade has passed since we started out with the seed of an idea to host an underwater photography workshop hosted by not one but three professional underwater photographers working together. We never anticipated that this would become the iconic event which it is today.

To mark the 10th anniversary we will, of course, be hosting three more world-class Photo Pros who will be with us for both workshops: Erin Quigley, Joel Penner, and Jennifer Penner. The week-long workshops will be packed with incredible diving, Pro presentations, and one on one instruction and feedback.

James Emery

Our 2023 double schedule is as follows:

Workshop 1:

• Pre-Workshop: January 11-14 (time to relax and unwind after traveling and enjoy some of Lembeh’s famous dive sites.)
• Workshop: January 14-21 (Capturing Critters in Lembeh 10th Annual Workshop)
• Wide Angle Workshop: January 21-23 (Capturing Critters Workshop Extension)

Workshop 2:

• Pre-Workshop: January 23-25 (time to relax and unwind after traveling and enjoy some of Lembeh’s famous dive sites.)
• Workshop: January 25- February 01 (Capturing Critters in Lembeh 10th Annual Workshop)
• WideAngle Workshop: February 01-04 (Capturing Critters Workshop Extension)

Our three visiting Pros will be working alongside our in-house Marine Biologist, Photo Center team and our marine biology and underwater photography trained Dive Guides. With such an incredible team behind you, you’ll be taking home some of your best images to date. No matter what level of photographer or videographer you are, you’ll learn how to take your underwater imaging to the next level. Whether you are diving with a compact camera, bringing a totally new camera set up with you, or an advanced DSLR you’ll learn how to get the best shots possible from your system.

James Emery Workshop

Join us in Indonesia for the 10th annual Capturing Critters in Lembeh Underwater Photography and Videography Workshop and experience North Sulawesi’s most iconic dive sites, and enjoy some spectacular extras:

  • 7 nights in a Hillside Luxury Cottage
  • 17 guided boat dives
  • “Workshop Member Time” (one-on-one) with the pros: maximize your learning curve before, between or after your dives. Master the techniques presented or sort out your processing woes.
  • Daily seminars by our professional presenters on a wide range of customized topics followed by practical in-water application.
  • Unlimited guided house reef dives (subject to guide availability, 8am to 5pm)
  • 3:1 diver to guide ratio
  • Unsurpassed dive guide attention and superlative resort service to compliment the entire event.
  • Nitrox for all dives
  • Daily fruit basket & cookies in your room
  • Complimentary Lembeh Resort welcome cocktail
  • Complimentary 30 minute spa treatment
  • 20% discount on all spa bookings
  • All meals & snacks, brewed coffee, tea, drinking water
  • Roundtrip airport transfers
  • Free WiFi


We recommend arriving 3 nights before the workshop begins so you have time to recover and relax after traveling, as well as making some practice dives with your photography gear before the workshop gets underway!

7 night workshop (1) (14th – 21st January 2023) are as follows:

  • US$2,964 per person (double occupancy) / US$3,869 per person (single occupancy)
2 night workshop extension (21st – 23rd January 2023) are as follows:
  • US$902 per person (double occupancy) / US$1,162 per person (single occupancy)
7 night workshop (2) (25th January- 1st February 2023) are as follows:
  • US$2,964 per person (double occupancy) / US$3,869 per person (single occupancy)
3 night workshop extension (1st – 4th February 2023) are as follows:
  • US$1,353 per person (double occupancy) / US$1,743 per person (single occupancy)

Do you want to join us? Contact us for more information or to reserve your place:

Capturing Critters in Lembeh 2023 Visiting Photo Pros
Erin QuigleyErin Quigley

Erin Quigley is no stranger to diving in the Lembeh Strait and we are delighted to welcome her back to Lembeh Resort! Erin is an Adobe ACE certified expert specializing in post-production techniques using Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom. She’s an award-winning underwater photographer and creator of, which provides one-on-one instruction and post-centric resources specifically developed for underwater shooters. Erin is a member of the Women Divers Hall of Fame, Boston Sea Rovers, and Ocean Artists Society.  Her Go Ask Erin free online workshops are attended by divers worldwide, creating a hopeful, creative, unifying space for education and exploration.

Joel Penner: Videography

Jennifer Joel PennerJoel and Jennifer Penner

Joel and Jennifer Penner are both experienced Lembeh Strait shooters and we are extremely excited to see them return to Lembeh Resort. Joel and Jennifer are the owners of Newmediasoup, LLC, a multimedia and event coverage company based out of Northern California. Joel and Jennifer create underwater images that captivate their audience and convey the beauty of what lies beneath the waves. Their love for the ocean is limitless; if they could, they would be in the water every day with their cameras. By sharing their passion for the ocean through stills and video, their hope is to increase awareness of the importance of ocean conservation and preserving marine habitats for future generations to enjoy. As regular contributors to many scuba diving publications, they also regularly test products for Backscatter Underwater Video & Photo and assist with video editing features related to new products. As a licensed commercial Drone Pilot, Joel also likes to capture aerial cinematography for use within their videos. Joel and Jennifer are proud to be Associate Members of the Boston Sea Rovers.

Do you want to join us? Contact us for more information or to reserve your place:

We look forward to welcoming you to Lembeh Resort soon!