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FOR Eliz­a­beth Har­daker, to see the won­ders of the world around us, all you’ve got to do is go for a swim.

The Min­nie Wa­ter pho­tog­ra­pher has been snorkelling in the bay for years and has long shared with the world the beauty that lies be­neath the waves.

“When I saw what won­der- ful marine crea­tures that call the bay home were there, I felt like I had to share the pic­tures and get the word out,” she said.

“You see, when peo­ple real- ise how beau­ti­ful a place is, then they tend to want to look after it and pro­tect it , and that’s what I hope to achieve.”

Ms Har­daker has pro­duced a cal­en­dar and 600-page book with more than 200 pho­tos of marine life in the bay, many of which have gained na­tional at­ten­tion.

“Since I started I have en­tered some of my pho­tos in com­pe­ti­tions and had some pub­lished in Aus­tralasian Dive Log mag­a­zine.

“This year I got into the fi­nals of the Aus­tralasian Un­der­wa­ter pho­tog­ra­pher of the year,” she said. “The pho­tog­ra­phy has be­come quite a pas­sion and maybe a slight ob­ses­sion.”

The cal­en­der and book are avail­able at Wooli or Min­nie Wa­ter store or di­rect from the Face­book page ‘What’s in the Bay at Min­nie Wa­ter’. They are also avail­able from her stand at the Wooli mar­kets.

“I en­cour­age peo­ple to get in the wa­ter and the key is to go slow and look closely – you will be amazed at how beau­ti­ful and sur­pris­ing our marine en­vi­ron­ment can be,” she said.

UN­DER THE SEA: One of the un­der­wa­ter crea­tures pho­tographed near Min­nie Wa­ter by Eliz­a­beth Har­daker. IN­SET: Eliz­a­beth ready for work.

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