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.

"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
Sermersuaq, Kalaallit Nunaat
The Ice Sheet with its meltwater lakes and channels : 2014
Northern Rockies, Canada
Untouched waterscapes : 2011, 2016, 2017, 2018
Adams River, British Columbia
Millions of spawning Sockeye salmon : 2010
Québec rivers, Canada
Atlantic salmon on spawning migration : 2009

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

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

Thingvellir, Iceland
A tectonic fissure filled with freshwater : 2009
Ume älven, Swedish Lapland
In the tracks of Carl von Linné
: 2011 - 2019
River Itchen, England
Crown jewel of the chalk streams : 2012
Êtang de la Gruère, Switzerland
A mysterious peat bog : 2013
Gruyère Alps, Switzerland
An enchanted karst spring : 2011 - 2019
Sense River, Switzerland
The last unspoiled Swiss river : 2011 - 2020
Trois Lacs, Switzerland
Lakes in a densely populatetd area : 2017 - 2019
Alpine lake, Switzerland
Seven months under thick ice : 2011, 2012, 2019
Gorner Glacier, Switzerland
A fast melting alpine glacier : 2013, 2018, 2019, 2020
Verzasca River, Switzerland
A mountain torrent of outstanding beauty : 2011, 2012, 2016, 2017, 2019
Sava Dolinka and Sava Bohinjka, Slovenia
The spectacular spring creeks of the Sava River : 2012, 2013, 2015
Plitvicka Jezera, Croatia
Sixteen lakes created by travertine barriers : 2012
Rijeka Gacka, Croatia
A giant karst spring : 2012
Danube Delta, Romania
The best preserved european river delta : 2014, 2015
Rio Tinto, Spain
Acidic water with extremophile anaerobic bacteria : 2018, 2019

Lake Malawi, Malawi
The richest lake fish fauna in the world : 2015
Okavango, Botswana
A river delta in the Kalahari desert
: 2014
Mosi-oa-Tunya, Zimbabwe and Zambia
he world’s largest sheet of falling water : 2014

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

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

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

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