Mike Gerken: Evolution Underwater Imaging | About

Mike is an underwater photo journalist, dive tour leader, cinematographer, documentary filmmaker, fine art print maker and captain.

Mike left the grind of the New York City corporate world in 1998 and hasn't looked back since. He has travelled the world working in the diving industry in a variety of capacities such as instructor, dive guide, operations manager, boat captain and photo pro. 

In 2003, it was in Truk Lagoon where Mike discovered his love of underwater photography and cinematography. He eventually went on to become captain of the luxury liveaboard, the Truk Odyssey which is where you will find him today shooting the famous Japanese wrecks of WWII. 

In recent years Mike has done work in the broadcast industry. The BBC (British Broadcasting Company) hired him as a consultant in 2013 to utilize his extensive experience with sand tiger sharks for a segment in the production titled "Shark". In addition, he has freelanced for Travel Channel as well as Nat Geo Wild.

In 2009, Mike became captain of the dive vessel Midnight Express out of Olympus Dive Center in Morehead City, NC. It was here where he discovered his passion for sharks with the prolific sand tiger shark being the focal point of his photography. One need not look long at Mike's portfolio to see that these amazing creatures. His documentary, Wreck Denizens of North Carolina, was completed in 2016 and is free to watch on You Tube. 

Mike has written numerous articles for magazines such as, Alert DiverScuba Diving, Diver, Wreck Diving Magazine and Sport Diver. (See "Articles" within this web site.) In addition, he sells fine art prints, organizes dive travel and hosts the North Carolina Wreck Shark Shootout at Olympus Dive Center. Each year contestants come together to test there skills on the wrecks of NC in attempt to win prizes and simply share a common love of diving.

Mike also has two additional documentary films to his credit, The Wreck of the SS President Coolidge, released in 2006 and The Wrecks of Truk Lagoon released in 2011. Both have gone on to be collectibles for divers, history buffs and wreck diving enthusiasts.


Join Mike on one of his photo dive excursions to Truk, Palau and other exotic locales. Each year he will be offering new destinations for you to experience. See the "Travel" drop down menu in this web site.


Contact Mike@evolutionunderwater.com if you have any questions or are interested in his work.