Underwater Photographer Gutsy Tuason at ISM

Article by: Nikki Huang, OceanactivISM Secretary


Internationally acclaimed underwater photographer Gutsy Tuason returned to ISM, his high school Alma Mater, on September 26, 2017, as the keynote speaker for clubs OceanactivISM, Sustainability Council, and Photography Club. “I’ve been to all of Manila’s schools except ISM [until now]!” Gutsy amicably remarks. “I can’t believe it has taken this long to come back to my own highschool and I am glad I’ve finally had the chance. It has definitely changed.”

One thing that hasn’t changed, though, is Gutsy’s immense love for the ocean and the creatures that inhabit it.  Since graduating from ISM, he has gone on to dive in all of the world’s most exotic locations: In the Arctic, Antarctic, right along the equator in the Galapagos Islands, and everywhere in between. He has also published 3 award winning photography books in the process, with his most recent one, Black Water Open Blue, garnering him 2017’s “Underwater Photography Book of the Year” award in the UK.

Thrilled to attend Gutsy’s talk were members of OceanactivISM, ISM’s marine conservation club, sustainability council representative Kae Li K.,  Photography club executive council members Basti B. and Julia T., and faculty members including ISM’s assistant superintendent, Mr. Brown. After sharing numerous tales of his oceanic adventures, Gutsy was faced with a wide array of questions that covered everything from his most dangerous dives to the more technical aspect of his photography work. Much to the delight of the audience, Gutsy took time to answer each one, never running out of anecdotes that were as entertaining as they were inspiring to accompany each response.

Gutsy has just opened a water sports shop, Squires Bingham Sports, in Bonifacio Global City, and invites anyone interested to come in at any time, to look around, shop, or even just ask questions.  “It doubles as my office!” He laughs.