Hi there! My name is Joanna Lentini and I am the founder of Deep Focus Images.

My passion for the natural world and photography ignited from an early age and has led me to explore diverse environments around the planet—from the Arctic to the Coral Triangle.

After spending many years exploring Southeast Asia and Europe, I am back in the States and now call New York home.

Wildlife remains my deepest passion, and my work both topside and underwater has taken me face to face with some of the planet’s most incredible creatures, ranging from sharks and crocodiles to polar bears and snow monkeys. Through my imagery, I hope to inspire a greater appreciation for the planet and its last wild places.

Photography can be a bit of a lonely journey, but I love connecting with like-minded people to shoot. So if you are looking for some advice or a photo workshop you’ve come to the right place.

Fun Facts:

I’ve spent 24 consecutive hours underwater…

And, I’ve been diving in all 5 of the U.S. Great Lakes in under 24 hours!

I am a PADI Master Scuba Diver and Dry Suit Diver.

In my past life, I was afraid of sharks!

A bit about my background:

I have contributed images and had articles published in various print and online publications including Oceanographic Magazine, Sidetracked Magazine, Fstoppers.com, ExpertPhotography.com, Sport Diver, Ocean Geographic, DivePhotoGuide.com, ScubaDiver AustralAsia, DiveAdvisor.com, OGExplorers.com, ScubaDiver Ocean Planet, and Matador.com.

It’s been quite humbling to receive awards from several international photography competitions and to also be one of a few women awarded in the 52nd Wildlife Photographer of the Year photography competition.

In my spare time, I work with the non-profit ocean education organization Oceans in Focus as their COO. I am also Staff Writer for FStoppers.com, and a Field Editor for DivePhotoGuide.com where I write about underwater and wildlife photography.

I hold a bachelors degree in Business Administration with a focus on Entrepreneurial Studies from Rider University. And finally, while I am mostly a self-taught photographer, I attended the New York Institute of Photography to round out my skillset.

Siena International Photography Awards 3rd Edition, 2017 — Remarkable Artwork, Fragile Ice category, Siena, Italy
52nd Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2016 — Finalist in the Impressions Category, London, England 
Elysium Artists for the Arctic Exhibit 2017 — Featured work in “Elysium Artists for the Arctic” group exhibition | Ion Art Gallery, Singapore
Elysium Artists for the Arctic — Featured work in coffee table book
52nd Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2016 — Awarded image featured in Portfolio 26
COP 21 Paris Summit 2015 — Featured work in a group exhibit at the Climate Change Conference in Paris, France
Credit Suisse April 2017 — Featured work in Earth Day Exhibit, Doing Well, By Doing Good, Wroclaw, Poland


Wildlife Photographer of the Year 52 Awarded Image Exhibited in:
The Beacon Museum, West Strand, Whitehaven, Dibonds, 16.11.16 – 03.01.17
Ipswich Art School Gallery, Ipswich, Dibonds, 12.11.16 – 15.01.17
Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, Queen’s Road, Bristol, Dibonds, 12.11.16 – 05.03.17
Nature in Art, Wallsworth Hall, Twigworth, Gloucester, Dibonds, 17.01.17 – 12.03.17
Guernsey Museums and Art Galleries, St Peter Port, Guernsey, Dibonds, 27.01.17 – 12.03.17
Beverley Museum, Beverley, Dibonds,11.02.17 – 22.04.17
Southampton City Council, Civic Centre, Southampton, Light panel, 01.07.17 – 24.09.17
Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Wolverhampton, Light panels (selection), 22.07.17 – 01.10.17
Old Big School Gallery, Tonbridge School, Tonbridge, Dibonds, 23.09.17 – 05.11.17
Festival Montier en Der, Montier-en-Der, France, Light Panels, 17.11.16 – 20.11.16
Coam Lasede, Madrid, Spain, Dibonds, 10.11.16 – 08.01.17
Museum de Bourges, Bourges, France, Dibonds, 10.12.16 – 05.03.17
Westfalishes Pherdemuseum im Allwetterzoo, Munster, Germany, Dibonds, 25.11.16 – 01.05.17
Museum Mensch und Nature, Munich, Germany, Dibonds,15.12.16 – 28.05.17
Hadeland Glasswerk, Jevnaker, Norway, Dibonds, 06.05.17 – 20.08.17
Various venues, Italy, Prints, 01.01.17 – 31.12.17           
Poland Tour, 01.01.17 – 15.10.17
Naturalis Biodiversity Center, Leiden, Netherlands, Duratrans 17.06.17 – 17.09.17
Museum de Rouen, France, Dibonds, 01.07.17 – 18.09.17
Scheune Bollewick, Roebel, Germany, Dibonds, 15.07.17 – 03.09.17
Naturkundemuseum Reutlingen, Reutlingen, Germany, Dibonds, 16.11.17 – 28.01.18
Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Light Panels, 12.11.16 – 19.03.17
Detroit Zoological Society, Detroit, USA, Light Panels, 18.11.16 – 07.05.17
Houston Museum of Natural Science, Houston, Texas USA, Light Panels, 27.01.17 – 04.06.17
National Wool Museum, Geelong, Australia, Dibonds, 14.01.17 – 14.05.17
Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney, Australia, Dibonds, 31.05.17 – 09.10.17
Auckland War Memorial Museum, Auckland, New Zealand, Light Panels, 06.07.17 – 04.12.17
Macao Science Centre, Avendia Dr. Sun Yat-Sen, Macao, Light Panels, 21.11.16 – 21.02.17
Wild China, Gibbon House, Beijing Zoo, China, Custom Prints, 01.05.17 – 31.12.17