Kohei Ueno

Country: Singapore 🇸🇬

I was born in Tokyo, raised in Hokkaido, grew up in Singapore, and a permanent resident of Australia. I like to freedive, I like to take photos, and I love being underwater. I picked up my first camera in 2014 after I quit my job at Google Australia, sold 90% of possessions and packed my life into a 40L backpack to travel the world. When I returned home in 2016, one of the photos I took won 1st place in an international photography competition, which enabled me to upgrade my kit, obtain my first ever underwater housing, as well as a trip to Tonga to swim with whales. These chains of fortunate events had reminded me of how much I love the ocean, how much I love being active, and how much I love being creative, the building blocks that naturally led me to exit the corporate world for good and pursue the passion I now have for freediving and photography.