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The world’s clearest lake is found amid the remote, pristine landscapes of Nelson Lakes National Park in New Zealand. Fed by spring water from a nearby lake that trickles down through the rocks, Blue Lake or ‘Rotomairewhenua’ is considered ‘tapu’ or sacred to the local Maori so no one is allowed to enter.

With the co-operation of the country’s Department of Conservation, NIWA, Tourism New Zealand and local Maori representatives, Thymann was invited to capture the clarity of the lake for conservation purposes, so he is the only person every to have scuba dived in the lake. Entrusted with such responsibility, he planned a photographic dive that would capture the lake’s incredible qualities whilst respecting its fragile nature. This series show the stunning lake both on approach from the air and, for the first time ever, under the surface.