Joakim Hjelm has been diving in Hawaii since 1998 and started exploring underwater photography and videography in 2000 with a borrowed underwater camera. Taking photos and videos quickly became his driving force for diving. To him, it almost feels pointless to dive unless a camera comes along to capture and share the underwater realm.
Joakim especially enjoys wreck and cave photography but also takes pleasure in capturing the magic of marine life. Having travelled to numerous locations such as Truk Lagoon, Fiji, Belize, Mexico, Philippines, and Bahamas, he has been able to develop his own style of photography.
Joakim has worked as a fashion photographer for Hilo Hattie, received first price in the 2011 Halcyon Photo Contest, had a photo selected for the 2013 GUE calendar, and also recently won the 2013 Photo of the Year Award from that same organization. In addition, he worked as the underwater technical advisor for a Hawaii 5-0 episode, participated in a commercial shoot for Atlantis submarines, and had video footage published by PBS in The Flintlock Disaster, a documentary about a lost squadron of Corsair fighter planes.