Charlotte Piho

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About Charlotte

Charlotte Piho


Charlotte Piho is a multi-international award winning photographer; and is becoming widely recognised as one of the most followed female artists in oceanic photography. 'Thank you for sharing your images with the world, the work you are doing is beautiful, emotional and important.' - Stuart Mclean, Chief of Staff, The Daily Telegraph.


The stories behind each of her timeless images is moving. Photographing fearlessly always on a single breath, often at great depths and in untamed environments. Charlotte's art breaks barriers between marine life and people.


After nearly dying 8years ago, the accelerate academic gave up a corporate career in Finance, to immerse herself in what she loved – the ocean and photography. She has Finance and Law degree and a Diploma in Marine Biology. Canon Australia and Aquatech (Number 1 waterhousing company in the world) thought she was talented and with their support she was able to change her passion into her career.


One of Charlotte's most honourable moments is being asked to showcase her Turtle and Eagle ray images on Australia's most iconic landmark the SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE for World Oceans Day


Charlotte has won an extensive list of International awards. Most recently in October 2023 she was named as the NZ Geo Wildlife Photographer of the year. And from over 8000 entries and 25,000 votes NZ's People's Choice photographer of the year.


In March 2024 she was awarded her highest photography accolade. Charlotte was one of 12 photographers chosen around the world to showcase her portfolio and be awarded in Dubai at the prestigious Xposure festival for her contribution to the world of photography. This was a massive honour for Charlotte. There were only two selected in Oceania to attend. One male and one female. Charlotte was the selected female.


Other prestigious Awards include Charlotte being named New York Photographer of the year (Awarded Gold) for the category Nature/Underwater. In 2023 and 2020 Charlotte was placed 3rd (Awarded Bronze) in the nature/underwater category of the Paris Photographer of the Year awards (PX3 Prix De La Photographie Paris). This is regarded as the most prestigious photography awards in Europe. Other recent accolades include Charlotte named as a finalist and awarded an Honourable mention (Top 10 out of over 13,000) in the internationally highly prestigious IGA 'International photographer of the year awards'. Charlotte was also named a finalist (Top 3) in the Wildlife section of the prestigious fine art 'Worldwide Photography Gala Awards'.

Charlotte's Cook Islands photography tours; swimming with turtles; eagle rays and all marine life. were awarded Tripadvisors highest award: 'The best of the best for 2021'. This Ranks Charlotte's Cook Islands turtle tours in the top 1% of experiences in the world. And top 10 in the South Pacific.


Born from a bloodline of pearl farmers, Charlotte is a naturally gifted freediver and all-round waterwoman (Was ranked 13th in the world for big wave SUP Surfing and was an international Guru for the sport of SUPYoga. She has a gallery in Rarotonga, Cook Islands.


Dubbed repeatedly by press ‘The Real Moana’. She has gone onto photograph Australia's leading elite sporting events, including the Nutri-Grain IronMan and IronWomen series. Brand campaigns, most recently O'Neill Kids; Nike Swim; Speedo; Softlite Surfboards; Dafin. Photograph at many of the World's most luxurious resorts. Along with surfing big waves, competing in World championships. And host award winning wellness retreats.


Charlotte began her photography career photographing weddings under her Mentor Chris Prestidge (AtDusk), award winning Wedding photographer based in Australia. Being a new mum she is going to be taking on more wedding photography assignments in New Zealand. if you are getting married in New Zealand please do get in touch. Charlotte would be honoured to photograph your special day.


For more on Charlotte please checkout her press page, or follow along her adventures on Instagram / Facebook.

Charlotte would like to thank with all her heart the following for their endless support to help her live her dream.

Charlotte’s Certifications Include

  • WINner 2023 NZ Nat Geo Wildlife photographer of the year
  • Winner 2023 NZ People's choice award ; Photographer of the year.
  • Bronze (3rd place) In 2020 paris photographer of the year awards (PX3 PRIX DE LA PHotographie paris) - in nature/underwater category
  • Finalist (Top 3), Awarded honourable mention, In the wildlife CATGEGORY of the the prestigious fine art 'worldwide photography gala awards.'
  • Marine biology diploma
  • APNEA - Freediving
  • PADI - Scuba
  • Bronze Medallion
  • Master trainer ‘Academy of Surfing instructors’(Sets world standards in surf, stand up paddleboarding education and water safety)
  • YTT – Internationally certified yoga teacher 200hr
  • Bachelor of Law –Completed 5years (A- Average)
  • Bachelor of Commerce BCom–Major Finance (Honours)