Gerald Nowak was born in 1964 in the Land of the Five Lakes, south-west of Munich.
At the age of 12, he had contact with a photo camera for the first time. At that time it was borrowed from his parents, and at 16 he got his first SLR camera.
He began to dive in 1981 at the age of 17 in the Bavarian waters. In 1989, after a stay in tropical waters, it became his favourite hobby. Shortly afterwards he combined both and it became his profession.
He has worked continuously for the German and international diving press for many years and is a regular photographer for the magazines TAUCHEN, UNTERWASSER, SILENT WORLD and DIVEMASTER.
As a photographer, Gerald is always on the quest for news and has won prizes in several national and international photography competitions.
In the 90s he was the champion in a competition in Kalimantan, Indonesia.
Since 1994 he has worked full time as an underwater and travel photographer for various travel and special interest magazines as well as websites and travel book publishers. The comprehensive image archive of CR-PHOTO.de covers the whole world, concentrating on water-based images.
Gerald has been working with Mares since the mid-1990s.
In 1997 he met his now wife Sibylle Gerlinger. Since then time they have been working together as travel journalists. Sibylle writes the stories and Gerald shoots the pictures, sometimes it`s the other way around.
Gerald is an Instructor Trainer at the dive association CMAS Germany (FST) and Instructor at SSI, a photo instructor for several associations, a Trimix and Rebreather diver, as well as a impassioned ice, wreck and cave diver. Whether tropical, temperate or cool waters, everything that promises exciting reports or great pictures awakens his interest.
He has a special commitment to threatened shark species. His favorite marine animal are the graceful hunters of the ocean: fox and blue sharks, but also the sublime tiger shark.
For the protection of the sea and the animals, he is active in several animal protection organizations and supports them with information and photo material, which he collects on his worldwide journeys.
Photo equipment: Nikon D800, Panasonic GH4, Seacam Underwater Housing, Seacam and Subtronic Strobes.
Gerald uses Mares’ X-Vision Liquidskin mask, X-Stream and Razor Pro fins, Abyss Navy regulator, Hybrid AT and F-Light BCD’s and the Smart dive computer.