Maya de Almeida Araújo is a photographer and creative director, specialized photography motion under water, and in the last two decades she captured motion and form in and out of water. Her images are the result of a truly feeling of wonder for the natural world’s energy, where the creative possibilities are illimited.
The underwater photography, of which she is the author, has been described as intimate, ethereal and mystic, and made in subaquatic tailor-made pools, equipped with high-powered studio lights.
Maya Almeida was the pioneer in the use of stroboscopic underwater illumination to capture images of dancers in their many movement stages, highly visible in her project “Underwater Dance Series”.
In collaboration with Canon Europe, she leaded a creative team in the visual portrait in the relation of women and water, through the images of faces movement in the water. Nowadays, she leads a global project of conservation of the oceans that will involve the use of pioneering illumination and high-speed videography.
Maya Almeida has been collaborating with many commercial and private clients, such as Dance UK, Sadler’s Wells, CHI & Partners, The Balbir Singh Dance Company, AD Dance Company, Random Dance, D&B Performing Arts, The English National Ballet, Body of People Dance Company & The Nureyev Medical Foundation and Akram Khan Dance Company.
Her work is exposed in diverse public and private collections, having been recognized in many international competitions, with highlight to the silver and platinum award attributed by Graphis Photography Annual in 2016.
Graduated in Biology for Imperial College, she has a Master in Photography, and a vast experience as diver and rescue diver.
She is a member of the Portuguese Diaspora Council since 2016.