José Alejandro Álvarez
Born in the Dominican Republic in 1966, I was fascinated by animals and nature from a very early age. Since my first dive in 1989 I haven’t been able to stop…I was so amazed by the underwater world that I felt a need to share these wonders with others, and also a deep sense of duty to protect it in any way I could. So, in 1996, I dove into underwater photography and since then, I’ve done a privileged 4500+ dives in some of the most pristine marine ecosystems, documenting many seascapes that, sadly, don’t exist anymore or have been severely damaged by human action.
This sense of duty motivated me to compile the most comprehensive portfolio of underwater images in the Dominican Republic and a substantial stock of images (both artistic and documental) of many of the best dive sites around the world, so I can contribute my grain of salt to raising awareness through my images and encourage others to love our blue planet the way I have since the first day I put my mask and fins on.
From snorkeling with crocodiles to scuba diving with sharks since I was 8 years old, my whole life has been a crazy adventure.
Growing up I tried the city life and became a clinical psychologist, but nature kept pulling me, and it wasn’t until I got my first ‘’big’’ camera that I realized what my true passion was; nature… and sharks, definitely sharks!
Now I travel with Jose Alejandro (my stepdad/ coolest business partner) and my family around the world photographing amazing wildlife in the hopes that I will inspire others to fall in love with nature the same way I did.
From an early age each of us forged a close relationship with nature and soon began photographing our wildlife encounters as a way to share our experiences with family and friends, and a way to keep those incredible memories forever.
Now, as a family with a combined experience of 30+ years of scuba diving and land expeditions in some of the most amazing and pristine ecosystems in the world, we proudly present Álvarez+Coll Photo: the result of a labor of both love for nature and commitment with its conservation.
Incredible colors, textures, places, animals, and experiences… They are all here so you can find the exact photo that “speaks” to you and conveys the message you need.
From Leopards in the African Savannah to endless hammerhead schools in the magical waters of the Galapagos and the explosion of life and color of coral reefs. Our extensive photo stock is now available through our varied products and services.
It has been our privilege to witness nature’s great biodiversity and its humbling lessons. We feel a duty to share that message and also make our contribution for its protection; that’s why we offer the design and execution of environmental projects for businesses and institutions, as we strongly believe that powerful images are an exceptional tool that exponentially increase their effect. We also contribute regularly on pro bono scientific and educational projects with diverse organizations around the world.
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40+ Awards in some of the most prestigious Underwater Photography contests.
Our World Underwater International Competition
Nature's Best Magazine
LAUPS, Los Angeles Underwater Photography society
Treasured waters: Marine Life in the Dominican Republic – World Trade Organization, Geneva, Switzerland, 2023.
Álvarez+Coll Photo – Showroom, Novocentro, Santo Domingo, República Dominicana, 2021.
Arrecife – Un Mundo de Vida y Color Bajo el Mar, Galerías 360, Santo Domingo, República Dominicana. 2018.
Fragile, Ocean Expo – Museo Antropológico y Arte Contemporáneo y Explanada Malecón Simón Bolívar, Guayaquil, Ecuador. 2015.
Fragile, Ocean Expo – COP20, Larcomar y Galería Germán Krüger Espantoso, Instituto Cultural Peruano Norteamericano, Lima, Perú. 2014.
Galapagos Islands – Institute of Molecular Biotechnology (IMBA), Viena, Austria.2013.
Legado de Vida, Parques Nacionales de República Dominicana, 2012
Mar Azul, 2011.
Cuevas Sumergidas de la República Dominicana, 2004.