Phil began taking photographs underwater while he was in the U.S. Navy. Phil is a regular contributor to Underwater Photography Magazine (UWPMAG.COM) and a freelance writer/travel photographer. As seven time past President and Underwater Photographer of the Year for the South Florida Underwater Photography Society Phil has served on the Board of Directors for over twenty years. Phil enjoys the diverse makeup of the photo club’s over one hundred members and the environmental and conservation involvement of the club.
Phil retired from the West Palm Beach Florida Police Department where he served as Dive Team Commander for the city. With thirty years experience as a public safety diver and dive team manager Phil did over five hundred recovery dives during his career. Phil has recovered vehicles, aircraft, evidence, bodies and more. Other dive team duties included hull inspections of large commercial vessels, underwater crime scene management, crime scene photography, collection of evidence, training and budget issues.
Phil has also traveled extensively throughout the world to pursue his passion for underwater photography. His images have appeared in magazines such as Popular Science, Underwater Photography Magazine, Reflections, Rodale’s Scuba Diving, Underwater Journal, Skin Diver, Florida Underwater, South Florida Adventures, The Sun, Dive Chronicles, Waterways and more. Phil also teaches underwater photography classes for Reef Photo Video, Hasseblad Xcursion’s, Mexican Diver Magazine and others. Phil lectures on travel destinations and photography around the country. Phil celebrated fifty years as a certified scuba diver in February 2013.