Mirko Zanni was born in 1970, in Locarno, Ticino, Switzerland. He obtained his first diving licence in 1989. Photography is a lifelong passion and after a few years’ diving experience he decided to combine his love of the ocean floor with his passion for taking pictures.
As a self taught photographer he was inspired by the books of the great photographers who preceded him. His first excursions were in the rivers near his home in Canton Ticino, where he soon found themes and settings to fire his creativity.
Today he is a photographer in his free time. He spends his holidays discovering oceans and faraway countries, especially in the Indian Pacific, where he finds inspiration for most of his pictures.
His companion and model, Tanja, shares his great passion, and in the last few months Asia, born in 2005, has joined their team. Tiny though she is, travelling round the world with her parents seems to suit her perfectly.
Mirko has a preference for shooting small fish and underwater scenery. Anyone who sees these pictures has the impression of standing on the ocean floor surrounded by deep sea marvels. In recent years he has also spent some time shooting World War II aeroplane wrecks, both in the Mediterranean and Papua New Guinea.
At present he contributes to several diving magazines - Diving a Fondo (Spain), SUB (Italy), NeptunXI (Russia), DYK (Sweden), Aquanaut (Switzerland), Tauchen (Germany), The Big Blue (Poland), Asian Diver and Scubadiver (Singapore), publishing articles on his trips, wrecks and marine fauna.
He has received many awards in international competitions for underwater photography: Oceanz (New Zealand), Celebrate the Sea (Singapore), LAUPS and Underwater Image (USA), Marmara Festival (Turkey), Subios (Seychelles). He has many times been the winner of the prestigious World Festival in Antibes (France). In 1999 he was Swiss underwater photography champion, and in the 2000 world championships in Egypt he won a bronze medal with the Swiss underwater photography team, as well as third place in the individual competition for underwater wide angle photography.