The Gombessa Expeditions
Laurent Ballesta is a French marine scientist, distinguished underwater photographer, and a pioneer in the use of new diving equipment, who has authored 13 photography books on underwater wildlife. As co-founder of Andromède Océanologie, he has been leading major expeditions for 10 years, including the Gombessa missions, supported by Blancpain as part of its Ocean Commitment since the very start in 2012. The Brand's contribution has enabled him to capitalise on his talents to advance the public’s comprehension of hitherto inaccessible and dimly understood undersea ecosystems. The Gombessa project has already given rise to six major expeditions.