Aristo Risi is an international award winning photographer and film maker with a focus on ocean conservation. He has a passion for spreading awareness about the plague of marine debris in the ocean and the plight of the Grey Nurse Shark.

“I started documenting marine plastic in 2017 when I bought my first underwater camera. I was on a mission to capture marine life, but I was distracted by the frequency I encountered plastic in the ocean.

Without fail, it was there floating, dancing in the light, mimicking life; a truly haunting beauty.”

Winner Seascape Category 2019

Sony Alpha Awards

White Flesh Shines, Sulawesi. Captured whilst freediving in the Togean Islands, 2018. Winning image in the Seascape category in the 2019 Sony Alpha Awards. PRESS LINK

Winner Water Category 2018

The Nature Conservancy Awards

Her Majesty. Captured whilst free diving off Bass Point, NSW in 2017. 1 of 3 winning images in the water category of The Nature Conservancy 2018 international nature photography competition. Press Link 1 Press Link 2

Ocean Conservation

in projects and Exhibitions

   The Ocean Space Collective Project

In May, 2019 Aristo, along with his brother Dante Risi, was granted a free temporary commercial space through the Renew Australia initiative, where they trialed a concept gallery called  Ocean Space Collective. The idea was to integrate art and science in a gallery space that hosts interactive events where the community could rally together and stoke their passion for local ocean conservation projects.  The gallery was in operation for 6 months before the temporary lease had to end. Over that 6 months numerous interactive exhibitions and events were held including science talks, film screenings, free diving workshops and recycled plastic art workshops.

Ocean space Collective Presents: Plastic Life

The debut exhibition at Ocean Space was titled Plastic Life which featured multiple artists working with recycled materials, as well as featuring photographs and multimedia projections by Aristo.

Opening night also featured guest speaker Dr Karen Raubenheimer, the lead author and researcher on the 2017 UN Environment Program marine plastic assessment.  Press Link

Ocean Space Collective Presents: Ocean Sessions

Ocean Sessions was a series of events held through-out June 2019 in conjuction with the Wollongong City Council’s Night’s On Crown event. Over three nights there were film screenings, science talks, recycled plastic art workshops, photography workshops and free diving workshops.

The recycled plastic workshop run by Thomas Jamieson was such a success that it went on to become its own environmental brand: Your Plastic. Your Plastic and Ocean Space Collective went on to collaborate with interactive workshop installations at the 2019 Your’s and Owls festival in Wollongong as well as the 2019 Fairgrounds Festival in Berry.

Moving Mountains Gallery Presents: SUSPENDED

In 2018 Aristo curated his debut marine conservation fundraiser exhibition titled Suspended at the Moving Mountains gallery in Wollongong.  All profits from the night were donated to the local charity Plastic Free Wollongong. The night consisted of photography and video projections by Aristo, sculptural works by Nina Risi, science talks and expositions by Project Airship . The night was a sucess with over 200 patrons coming through the small gallery and over $1200 raised.

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Ocean Conservation

In Motion

A 33minute film that explores the relationship between plastic, predator and prey.
A short film documenting the Wollongong Freedivers group removing fishing line from Wollongong Harbour.
A short film documenting the 2019 Clean Up Australia Day event in Wollongong Harbour.
A short film documenting the 2019 Surfrider Clean Up Australia Day event in Sydney Harbour. 
A short film produced for take 3 For The Sea during the beach clean up at the 2019 ocean lovers festival in bondi, australia
A short film produced for a take 3 For The Sea clean up on the central coast
A series of short films shot for the Successful FIGHT FOR THE BIGHT CAMPAIGN



Bachelor of Digital Media – 2015 University of Wollongong

PADI Scuba Instructor – 2017 



Wollongong, Australia

Freelance Gear List:

  • Black Magic Pocket 6k Cinema Camera and Salty Underwater Camera housing
  • Sony A7RIII 35mm and Salty Underwater Camera housing
  • Zeiss, Sony, Sigma and Canon prime lenses covering all focal lengths
  • Full freelance audio equipment including shotgun mics, radio lapels and audio mixers
  • Full freelance mobile lighting equipment for stills and motion including 3 portable studio strobes and 2 continuous Apreture lights as well as a range of light modifiers and stands.

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