Awards and publications



I’m delighted to have won the Oztek Conference photo competition in the cave diving category, two years in a row. You can see my winning shot from 2013 here with some details about what it took to get the stars to line up for this image to happen. My winning shot from 2015 was taken in Tank Cave, Mt Gambier.

Tim Muscat in Tank Cave




In 2012 I’m very proud to have again placed in the annual Dive Rite Photo Competition. My shot of JDZ and Wayne in an air pocket in Tank Cave won 3rd prize, and can been seen with the other prize winning photos on the Dive Rite website.

Dive Rite winner


My photographs were awarded first and second place in the Freshwater Category of the 2011 Australasian Underwater Shootout. With thanks to my most obliging model, KA, first place went to this photo of mine from Piccaninnie Ponds, Mt Gambier:

First prize in the Underwater Festival 2011

And second place was awarded to my photo taken in Ewens Ponds, Mt Gambier.

Snell's window


My photographs have been published in:

Alert Diver – August 2012Caverns and Caves in Alert Diver

Article by Peter Buzzacott. Why Dive in Caves? Cavern and cave diving are activities not every diver would enjoy. A cavern is generally defined as the first part of a cave, when you can turn around and still see the exit. The cave starts when you swim around a bend, and you cannot see daylight in any direction. In this article I’ll refer to both types of diving as “cave diving,” because cavern diving is where it all begins for those of us drawn down into the earth — to places so few people will ever see.

Read more: Cavern and Cave Diving: Welcome to the Dark Side






The Weekend Australian Magazine – January 2012Lower tunnel in Warbla Cave

Article by Ross Bilton. One hundred and twenty metres below the Nullarbor Plain, Liz Rogers was finning slowly along Warbla Cave when she stopped to take this photo of her three fellow divers.

Read more: Foreword: Heart of the Nation Eucla 6443









Underwater Speleology: Journal of the Cave Diving Section of the NSS – January 2012

Cave Divers Association of Australia Guidelines Magazine – December 2011Lighting Engelbrecht's West

Article by Liz Rogers. One of the greatest differences when moving from ocean diving photography to cave diving photography is that the background sunlight has been taken out of the picture. Unlike the movies and unless you’re playing in the cavern zone, the only light underground is that which you bring with you. While the darkness provides great opportunities to try new lighting techniques, it also presents a few difficulties. I’m going to briefly outline the tricks I’ve used over the last two years to get some of my favourite cave diving photos.

Read more: Off camera strobes






The Cairns Post – August 2011Samuel in Mt Hypipamee Crater

Article by Tony Stickley. DIVERS exploring the Mt Hypipamee crater near Herberton have debunked two “facts” about The Crater – it is not as deep as previously thought and there is no evidence of a tunnel linking it to the nearby Barron River.

Read more: Mt Hypipamee crater measured and explored by divers who bust its myths







The Adelaide Advertiser Sunday Mail – July 2011 Ken Smith in Piccaninnie Ponds

Floating through a vast chasm, seemingly free of the constraints of gravity, Liz Rogers captures remarkable images inside the silent world of underground caves. Flanked by gently swaying pond weed, she loves nothing more than to explore these amazing geological formations – and travels the world to feed her passion.

Read more: Sleepy Hollows







The Daily Mail – July 2011The Cathedral in Piccaninnie Ponds by Liz Rogers

Article by Daily Mail Reporter. Heavens below: Divers explore amazing underwater caves known as The Cathedral

Floating through a vast chasm, seemingly freed from the constraints of gravity, Liz Rogers explores the massive chamber of an underwater monolith.

Flanked by gently swaying pond weed, photographer Liz glides past the white limestone walls of ‘the Cathedral’ to a spot where it is possible to look up from 30 metres down and see clouds in the blue sky above.

Such is the amazing clarity of the water in the Cathedral, part of the Piccaninnie Ponds cave system on the Limestone Coast of South Australia.

Read more: Heavens below


This story about Piccaninnie Ponds was also run in:

The Faded Tribune – July 2011

Read more: Liz Rogers Explores the Underwater Cathedral


What’s On Xiamen – July 2011

Read more: Heavenly OZ underwater cave opens to explorer Liz Rogers


The UK Mirror – July 2011

Read more: Spectacular secrets of Australia’s underwater ‘cathedral’


The Telegraph – July 2011

Read more: Picture of the day, July 19th


Cave Divers Association of Australia Guidelines Magazine – June 2011

Profile shot Agnes Milowka

Taken by James Axford

Article by Liz Rogers

Photography by Liz Rogers and James Axford.

I joined the Melbourne University Underwater Club in 2003; Ag was President that year. It wasn’t until a few years later, when I was President, that I better understood and envied the natural talent she had for getting hungover students enthused about getting up early and going diving. In February 2005 we did our first cave course together.

Read more: Agnes Milowka







Sport Diver magazine – Desert Diving – June/July 2011Parallels

Article by Richard Harris

Photography by Richard Harris and Liz Rogers

Gliding through water tinged green with tannin, my buddies’ lights glow yellow ahead of me as we exist this strange and wondergul cave. Smoke silt has stratified in the haloclines, looking like high altitude cloud suspended in the sky. Hanging roots laden with calcite wafer dangle in front of us where the floor comes up to meet the lake surface. And all the while, sculptured limestone reaches out to us from the cave walls. Welcome to diving the amazing caves of the Roe Plain, Western Australia!

Read more: Desert Diving



Sport Diver Magazine – Junee Resurgence – October/November 2009Junee Cave

Article by Richard Harris

Photography by Richard Harris, Dean Chamberlain and Liz Rogers

There’s snow on the peaks above and hail falling from the sky as the divers drag gear into the entrance of the flooding resurgence. The ice water has risen overnight as a result of heavy rains and threatens to repel the group from the entrance. They make heavy work of dragging scuba cylinders and caving packs up the rapids and the steam rises off their drysuits in the frigid air. And all this in the middle of an Australian summer.

Read more: Junee Resurgence


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