In 2010, with 25 years of experience and more than 100 expeditions worldwide, Michel Roggo started The Freshwater Project : photographing freshwater locations from across the globe, this in compliance with the values and ethical standards of the International League of Conservation Photographers iLCP. He finished the project in 2017, with 40 photographed freshwater locations. In 2018, Michel started The Freshwater Project extended, adding new locations, and returning to locations of special interest. To date, approximately 10,000 images have been produced for the project.

 
"As one of the few professional photographers specialising in underwater images of freshwater landscapes and species we strongly support Michel’s work “to produce a photographic documentation of 30 important freshwater environments from across the globe, focusing on underwater images, as a contribution to safeguarding the future of the world's wetland areas”. We see the need for raising public awareness of the beauty of underwater freshwater habitats and species through images such as these as a most important contribution to IUCN’s own work towards valuing and conserving nature."
Dr William Darwall, Head, IUCN Freshwater Biodiversity Unit
 
 

The Locations
 
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North America
   

Sermeq Kujalleq, Kalaallit Nunaat
One of the most active glaciers and its icebergs : 2014, 2019
429 Images

Sermersuaq, Kalaallit Nunaat
The Ice Sheet with its meltwater lakes and channels : 2014

240 Images

Northern Rockies, Canada
Untouched waterscapes : 2011, 2016, 2017, 2018
300 Images

Adams River, British Columbia
Millions of spawning Sockeye salmon : 2010
184
Images 
Québec rivers, Canada
Atlantic salmon on spawning migration : 2009

92 Images
Floridan Aquifer, USA
Artesian water from the underground : 2011, 2012
194
Images
Cenotes, Quintana Roo, Mexico
Sinkholes and lagoons in Maya territory : 2014, 2016
278
Images
   

South America
   
Rio Negro Igapó, Brazil
The flooded Amazonian rainforest : 2011, 2019
129 Images
Rio Agua Boa do Univiní, Brazil
The small Amazonian rainforest river: 2011
137 Images
Pantanal, Brazil
The world’s largest tropical wetland : 2012, 2016, 2017, 2018
462 Images
Abismo Anhumas, Mato Gross du Sul
An abyss filled with crystal clear water : 2011, 2012, 2016, 2017
69 Images
Serra da Bodoquena, Brazil
Tropical rivers full of life : 2011, 2012, 2016, 2017, 2018
205 Images
Iguazu Falls, Brazil, Argentina
The largest waterfalls system in the world : 2016
27 Images
   

Europe
   
Thingvellir, Iceland
A tectonic fissure filled with freshwater : 2009
99 Images
Ume älven, Swedish Lapland
In the tracks of Carl von Linné
: 2011 - 2019
510 Images
River Itchen, England
Crown jewel of the chalk streams : 2012
220 Images
Êtang de la Gruère, Switzerland
A mysterious peat bog : 2013
42 Images
Gruyère Alps Spring, Switzerland
An enchanted karst spring : 2011 - 2020
318 Images

Gruyère Alps Rivers, Switzerland
Wild mountain torrents : 2006 - 2020
525
Images

Sense River, Switzerland
The last unspoiled Swiss river : 2011 - 2020
284 Images
Alpine lake, Switzerland
Seven months under thick ice : 2011, 2012, 2019, 2020
128 Images
Gorner Glacier, Switzerland
A fast melting alpine glacier : 2013, 2018, 2019, 2020
543 Images
Three Lakes Part I : Lake Morat, Switzerland
Lakes and rivers in former marshland : 2018
362 Images
Three Lakes Part III : Lake Bienne, Switzerland
Lakes and rivers in former marshland : 2018 - 2019
162 Images
Three Lakes Part II : Lake Neuchâtel, Switzerland
Lakes and rivers in former marshland : 2017 - 2019
454 Images
Verzasca River, Switzerland
A mountain torrent of outstanding beauty : 2011, 2012, 2016, 2017, 2019, 2020
293 Images
Sava Dolinka and Sava Bohinjka, Slovenia
The spectacular spring creeks of the Sava River : 2012, 2013, 2015
205 Images
Plitvicka Jezera, Croatia
Sixteen lakes created by travertine barriers : 2012
167 Images
Rijeka Gacka, Croatia
A giant karst spring : 2012
147 Images
Danube Delta, Romania
The best preserved european river delta : 2014, 2015
250 Images
Rio Tinto, Spain
Acidic water with extremophile anaerobic bacteria : 2018, 2019
110 Images
   

Africa
   
Lake Malawi, Malawi
The richest lake fish fauna in the world : 2015
172 Images
Okavango, Botswana
A river delta in the Kalahari desert
: 2014
136 Images
Mosi-oa-Tunya, Zimbabwe and Zambia
T
he world’s largest sheet of falling water : 2014
114 Images
   

Asia
   
Wadis of the Hajar Mountains, Oman
Crystal clear water in the desert : 2015
182 Images
Wadi Wurayah, United Arab Emirates
Freshwater in the middle of the desert : 2010, 2011
159 Images
Ozero Baykal, Siberia
The oldest, largest and deepest lake on earth : 2013, 2015, 2016, 2019
467 Images
Temnik river, Buryatia
Spring on a very wild siberian river : 2015
205 Images
Kuril’skoye Ozero, Kamchatka
Hundreds of fishing Brown Bears : 2012
233 Images
Jiuzhaigou, China
A World Heritage Site of outstanding beauty : 2013, 2015
230 Images
Huanglong, China
Travertine pools in the Min Mountains : 2013, 2015
162 Images
Gunung Mulu, Sarawak
Rainforest rivers flowing through caves : 2012
190 Images
   

Oceania
   
Limestone Coast, South Australia
Spring-fed limestone ponds and sinkholes : 2015
226 Images
Te Waikoropupu, New Zealand
A sacred place for the Maori : 2013
84 Images
Rotomairewhenua, New Zealand
The clearest freshwater ever reported : 2013
99 Images
   

Antarctia
   
Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica
Glaciers, meltwater streams and icebergs : 2017
93 Images
Ross Sea, Antarctica
The largest ice shelf on earth : 2017
113 Images
Cape Adare, Antarctica
Melting glaciers and icebergs : 2017
127 Images
   

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