Presenter, adventurer, underwater/land photographer, journalist, travel writer and filmmaker
Aaron “Bertie” Gekoski is currently filming in Borneo, presenting the series Borneo from Below that charts life behind the scenes at one of the top dive destinations on Earth.
Far from being a regular explorer alpha male, Bertie’s path into the world of adventure wasn’t the usual one. He used to own a model agency in London, before ditching his three-step skin care regime, “swapping one type of shark for another” and following his dreams to become “the next David Attenborough, but with gills.”
Bertie’s work has taken him on undercover missions to Namibia to expose their annual seal cull; to live with rural shark fishing communities in Mozambique; to Madagascar’s sacred forests in pursuit of the ‘tortoise mafia’; to Zimbabwe where he trained as an anti-poaching ranger, and more. He has continued to explore these issues through film and has shot documentaries on shark finning in Mozambique and another on Zimbabwe’s elephant crisis.
His work, primarily covering the areas of diving, wildlife, travel and conservation, has been instrumental in bringing important issues on the natural world to a wider public. His articles and stunning images have appeared in over 40 publications worldwide including National Geographic Traveller, BBC Wildlife magazine, Men’s Health, FHM, Travel Africa, Africa Geographic and more. He is also a regular contributor to multiple international dive magazines.
Whilst he has covered some difficult subject matters his perkiness, sense of fun and failure to take himself too seriously, can throw light on even the darkest of situations.
Aaron presents Borneo From Below, the weekly online dive and photography show, produced by world-leading underwater production company Scubazoo.
Pictures courtesy of: Christian Loader, Gemma Catlin.