freediver with humpback whales

Michaela Skovranova is an Australia-based photographer and a filmmaker specialising in documentary storytelling.

Michaela's work has focused on capturing intimate human stories to environmental stories in extreme environments— from documenting The Great Australian Bight for Greenpeace to coral reefs and Great Barrier Reef restoration for National Geographic. She completed the first-ever underwater live video in Australia on World Ocean's Day 2018, as part of National Geographic Australia' Planet or Plastic' campaign focusing on the impact plastic has on the marine ecosystem and has been featured in a National Geographic documentary Protecting Paradise.

Michaela is a National Geographic expert and Olympus visionary, and she runs regular photography and video workshops across Australia and overseas. Her latest short film Nature Love Stories has recently premiered at TEDx Sydney 2019.

Her projects involve working as a freelance photographer, filmmaker, producer, speaker and talent, Michaela’s clients include National Geographic, Greenpeace, Roxy and Olympus Australia and has been featured for her work by The New York Times, National Geographic, Huffington Post and Instagram.


National Geographic Documentary “Protecting Paradise”

Instagram “Life Underwater with @mishkusk”

Roxy “Make Waves Move Mountains”

Olympus “On Swimming with SeaLions” 


National Geographic - “Magical Images Reveal the Beauty and Raw Power of the Ocean”

The New York Times - “An Underwater Photographer Documents a Meditative World”

Greenpeace - “Underwater love: Why I’m in the fight for the Great Australian Bight”

My Modern Met - “Artistic Underwater Photos Capture the Mystery of the Sea”

Mashable Australia - "The wonders of life beneath the waves"

The Huffington Post - “This Is What It's Like To Free Dive With Whales”

Instagram - "Free-diving with Whales, Dolphins, and Australian photographer @mishkusk”

Daily Mail - “The spellbinding photographs that show hauntingly beautiful life under the ocean surface”

The Telegraph UK - "Synchronicity': Photo series exploring life under the sea"

The Sydney Morning Herald - "Australian art photographers explore underwater worlds"

Design Taxi - "Free Diving Photographer Snaps Mesmerizing Images Of Underwater Giants" 

The Sydney Morning Herald - "Winner of Australian Life Prize"

Speaker / Presentations 

Camera Pro - The Memetics of Storytelling, Brisbane Australia 2018 

Stanford University - JSK Fellows Panel Talk moderated by Teru Kuwayama, San Francisco USA 2017

National Geographic - Photojournalism on Instagram: Visual Storytelling Panel Talk moderated by Patrick Witty, Washington USA 2017

Eddie Adams Workshop Panel Talk moderated by Maryanne Golon, USA 2017

Facebook - Journalism Project Panel Talk  moderated by Kira Pollack NYC, USA 2017

Australian International Dive Expo - Creating projects in extreme conditions, Sydney Australia 2017

Melbourne Photo Show - Finding your Underwater Visual Language, Melbourne Australia 2017

Australian Centre of Photography - Ocean TALKS POWERED BY PECHAKUCHA, Sydney Australia 2016

Awards / Exhibitions

TEDx Sydney 2019

Short film Nature Love Stories featured as part of TEDx Sydney Legacy event 2019

Women Photograph 2018 

Selected as one of Women Photograph mentors for the Women Photograph Mentorship Program 2018-2019. This program pairs 22 industry leaders (11 photographers and 11 photo editors) with 22 early-career photojournalists over a year.

Photoville 2017

Exhibited selected works as part of an Everyday Climate Change showcase

New York, USA

Instagram My Story Exhibition 2017

Featured video piece in #MyStoryAu

#MyStoryAU is an initiative that celebrates the power and importance of the voices of fifteen female storytellers in Australia.

Melbourne, Australia


Selected as one of Artpil’s 30 under 30 women photographers 2015.

Australian Life 2015

Winner of The Art and About Australian Life Prize

Sydney, Australia