Aristo Risi is a film maker and an award winning photographer. He has a passion for telling stories that create awareness about the ongoing threats to our ocean and its inhabitants.

Over the past 7 years Risi has worked on a wide variety of commercial and conservation video/photo projects, including roles as an underwater cinematographer.

In 2018 Risi won his first photography award for the US Nature Conservancy and then followed it up with his second award in 2019 for the Australia/New Zealand Sony Alpha awards. Both his winning images featured photographs of plastic bags floating in the ocean.

Freelance Gear List:

  • Black Magic URSA G2 Cinema Camera
  • Black Magic Pocket 6k Cinema Camera and Underwater Camera housing
  • Sony A7RIII 35mm and Underwater Camera housing
  • DJI Mavic Pro 2  drone
  • DJI Ronin M gimbal
  • a range of Zeiss, Sony, Sigma and Canon prime lenses
  • Audio equipment including shotgun mics, radio lapels, audio mixer, boom poles and stands.
  • 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.


  • Underwater Camera Operator
  • Camera operator with skills in handheld rigs, shoulder rigs, gimbals, tripods and dollys
  • Drone operator
  • Directing
  • Lighting
  • Editing
  • Colour grading
  • Sound recording
  • 2D animation


Bachelor of Digital Media – 2015 University of Wollongong

PADI Scuba Instructor – 2017 



Sydney, Australia



A marine campaign film shot for Greenpeace Asia Pacific in December 2021. Directed, DOP, Edit & Colour by Aristo Risi.

A marine campaign film for the Save Batemans Sanctuaries ongoing marine campaign. Directed, DOP and edit by Aristo Risi

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

“I started documenting marine plastic in 2017. 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.”