Richard and Frederique Chesher

New Caledonia and Vanuatu Tourism Photography | Tourism Guide to New Caledonia | Tourism Guide to Vanuatu
Cruising Guide to New Caledonia | Cruising Guide to Vanuatu | Mermaid Art | Contact Richard Chesher
Consultant on Sustainable Development for Small Island Developing States - professional CV


richard chesher

New Caledonia and Vanuatu Tourism Photography by Richard and Frederique Chesher

Vanutau hotels

I have been an avid photographer since I was a child. By the time I was 10, I had my own darkroom and processed films and prints in black and white and then in color. In 1959 I began doing underwater photography in support of my activities as a professional diver and later as a graduate student in marine sciences. I assisted the professional underwater photographer Jerry Greenberg in south Florida and worked as an underwater photographer for Ribikoff Oceanics and Westinghouse.

My first published images appeared in National Geographic Magazine in November 1966, and since then, my scientific and travel photographs have beeen published in so many books and magazines that I have long since lost track of them. My photo agents in London and New York send me lists of sales from time to time.

In 2000, Frederique and I began production of travel guides and cruising guides to Vanuatu and New Caledonia and specialised in hotel, resort, and tourism photography. Our images of 46 Vanuatu hotels and resorts and 50 New Caledonia hotels, resorts and gites have appeared on magazine covers, wholesale travel catalogues, websites, magazine and newspaper articles around the world.

We use special high dynamic range photography so you can see inside and outside of a hotel room just as if you were standing in it.

Vanutau hotels
la Promenade Hotel, Noumea

We also employ extreme depth of field photography so everything is in focus, from close up to far away.

Vanutau hotels

And we take photos even at night. Always achieving perfect lighting conditions.

Vanutau hotels

You can see more of our hotel and resort photography on: and

Virtual Reality Photography

Over the past 5 years we have worked on the leading edge of the new frontier of virutal reality spherical images. Our virtual reality tourism pictures of New Caledonia and Vanuatu appear on google earth and it's associated website They have had well over 1 million views.

in 2016 Frederique and I published a Virtual Tour of the New Caledonia Lagoon, presenting sphere images of New Caledonia seascapes, including spectacular New Caledonia beaches, under/overwater sphere images, underwater super panoramic sphere images, and sphere images of New Caledonia lagoon sealife including New Caledonia sea birds, fish, turtles, corals and activities like diving and sailing..

Our popular interactive virtual reality photographs of hotel rooms place the viewer in the room, giving an unequaled experience of the room. The images can be quickly and easily embedded on any website.

Escapade Overwater Bungalow Noumea in Noumea

We also developed the first underwater sphere images that bring the fascination of the coral reef onto computers around the world. The first one of these underwater sphere images to be published on Google Earth drew more than 100,000 visitors in the first 5 months. These are "Billboards on the Information Highway" and allow visitors to go directly to the websites of our clients.

Diving New Caledonia Amedee Island in New Caledonia

South Pacific Activities Photography

In addition to hotel and resort photography we have photographed most of the tours and activities in Vanuatu and New Caledonia.

This includes photography for the Vanuatu airlines and the New Caledonia airlines, Photography of Vanuatu tours and New Caledonia tours, Vanuatu weddings and New Caledonia weddings, Diving Vanuatu and Diving New Caledonia

Air Caledonie

Our photos help to market the destinations and the individual businesses. Many of them appear on billboards, posters and even buses. The under/overwater photograph below that we took for Mary D enterprises has been successful on magazine covers, magazine advertisements, buses, and posters.

Amedee Reef

UnderOver reef image Mary D

You can review hundreds of our pictures of New Caledonia Activities and Vanuatu Activities images on:, and

South Pacific Culture and Wildlife Photography

As a biologist and long term resident of the Pacific Islands, Frederique and I are enthusiastic photographers of the culture, scenic beauty and wildlife of the South Pacific. Our special high dynamic range and super depth of field photography sets our photos apart from all the rest.

Vanuatu is a treasure trove of cultural images.

Vanuatu Culture Dancers

New Caledonia's culture is completely different than Vanuatu. In Vanuatu 99% of the people are the indiginous Melanesian people. In New Caledonia, there is a blending of cultures from Melanesia (acutually originally from Papua New Guinea), Europe, Polynesia, Indonesia, China and other parts of the world.

New Caledonia Culture

Using time-stretch and high dynamic range panoramic photography we capture the feeling of the powerful forces of Vanuatu's Yasur Volcano:

Yasur Volcano

And the flow of New Caledonia's waterfalls

New Caledonia waterfall

Our sphere images bring these waterfalls to life:

GR©NC1 Cascade de la Rèviere du Carénage in New Caledonia

New Caledonia has the world's largest lagoon and it is designated as a World Heritage Site because of the diversity of marine life. We are developing an extensive photo library of the New Caledonia lagoon from every part of the country.

New Caledonia Lagoon

And our innovative underwater sphere imagery brings the New Caledonia lagoon to life

Ua Coral Reef New Caledonia in New Caledonia


See more of our New Caledonia and Vanuatu cultural, scenic, and lagoon pictures on:, and

Web Site Promotion and Photography

Our photography is also a way to improve the web traffic for any tourism activity. The sphere images on Google Earth attract thousands of people and help promote the activities and locations where they were taken.

Our photography has also helped New Caledonia become one of the major destinations for Superyachts cruising the South Pacific.



New Caledonia and Vanuatu Tourism Photography | Tourism Guide to New Caledonia | Tourism Guide to Vanuatu
Cruising Guide to New Caledonia | Cruising Guide to Vanuatu | Mermaid Art | Contact Richard Chesher
Consultant on Sustainable Development for Small Island Developing States - professional CV


























The research vessel Moira is continuing its mission to explore new domains within the vastness of the South Pacific.Sailing offshore, or anchored in New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji, American Samoa, Tonga or any of the thousands of islands scattered over this Magic Sea, the Moira follows in the wake of the thread of awareness in chaos.

The voyage began 25 years ago, in Taiwan, when Frederique and Richard bought our Peterson 44 Cutter and headed towards Hong Kong, the Philippines, PNG, and the Solomon Islands. Our discoveries are recorded in the CD-ROM Thread of Awareness in Chaos. You can find out more about this CD at

In 1980, we began a number of projects aimed at uncovering ways and means to alter human behavior towards the sea and stop the slow decay of oceanic life that was evident even then. These projects are recorded on the website

The largest and the latest project, was an attempt to begin a global effort to build 100% renewable energy economies in the small island developing states. The objectives were to achieve Integrated Clean Energy for Peace and Climate (ICE-PAC, to cool our planet's atmosphere, reduce pollution, and ease the tensions caused by the oil wars. You can read about this at This initiative failed, doomed by the fantastic wealth and political power of the oil companies. I realized in 2000 we missed the window of opportunity to avoid the environmental, social and economic fossil fuel jehad that now must engulf our children.

So we began a cruising guide series. The first one is the Cruising Guide to New Caledonia. It is available in French and English at . The Cruising Guide to Vanuatu is available on .

Next we put the online. This networks off into,,,,,, ,,

We also did the website for our dear friend Chloe Morin at Noume Ocean Superyacht Agency