I began diving in 1992 in my native state of Florida and quickly became obsessed; within 2 years, I was regularly immersed in the gorgeous, spring-fed cave systems of Central Florida. Since then, I have completed thousands of recreational and technical dives in a wide variety of conditions.
My individual photographic work has been widely published and recognized in a number of international underwater photography competitions. However, I most often work as part of a team (Sallmon Marine Photography) with my husband, successful marine photographer and veteran diver Andy Sallmon. With his background in marine biology and my own in veterinary medicine, we are uniquely qualified to recognize and understand marine life-related issues. Together and separately, we have traveled to a variety of places on assignment, fulfilled difficult and unusual commercial requests, provided editorial and photographic content for publication, taught seminars and classes, and led expeditions.
Although I am lucky enough to visit exotic places several times a year, my very favorite place to dive is my current home, California.
Allison, a breast cancer survivor, is also the president and founder of Dive into the Pink, a 501c3 nonprofit organization that works to mobilize the dive community to raise funds for breast cancer research and patient support.
To find out more about Andy Sallmon, visit his website: www.seait.com.
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California Diver (print edition)
Regular contributor, 2010-2012
Top 100 Dive Sites (North America), January 2013
Drive and Dive: San Diego, America's Finest (Diving) City, June 2013
Reefs of Steel, Nov/Dec 2013
Is California Kelp Making a Comeback? Nov 2016
Liveaboard: Solomon Islands (Images only), May 2017
Drive and Dive: Los Angeles, March 2018
Getting Lucky (images only), November 2018
The Prismatic Pull of Fiji , May 2015
Santa Barbara Island, Feb 2017
The Kaleidoscopic Blur of Tobago, May 2018
Philippines: Learning to Expect the Unexpected, Summer 2011
Cocos: The Pelagic Crossroads, Winter 2012
Tangling With the Kelp, Summer 2012
Yap: Spoiled for Choice in the Mantas' Realm, Winter 2013
Grenada: Seduced by the Caribbean's Spice Isle, Summer 2013
A Well-Rounded Strait: The Big and Small of Lembeh, Fall 2013
Southern California Strandings, Sea Lions in Crisis, Fall 2013
A Tale of Two Bays: Monterey and Carmel, Spring 2014
How to (Re)Build a Kelp Forest: Restoration of a Californian Icon, Spring 2014
Sweet As...New Zealand, Summer 2014
The Dark Side of the Sun: Working with the Most Powerful Light Source of All, Fall 2014
Santa Barbara: the Elusive Isle, Spring 2015
Tobago: Perfection in the Flow , Summer 2015
Florida's Manatees: The Status of a Symbol, Fall 2015
A Different Light: Using LED Lighting for Still Underwater Photography, Winter 2016
A Perfect Storm of Warm, Winter 2016
Curacao: An Island to Ourselves, Summer 2016
The Edge of the Boomerang, Fall 2016
A Salute to St. Eustatius, Spring 2017
The Good Fortune of San Miguel Island, Summer 2017
Palau: A Deluge of Life , Fall 2017
Pink, with Purpose , Fall 2017
Shooters - Andy Sallmon and Allison Vitsky Sallmon: A New Wave of Underwater Photographic Excellence (images only), Winter 2018
The Long Beach Oil Platforms: It's What's Underneath That Counts, Spring 2018
North Sulawesi Trifecta (upcoming, Fall 2018)
Melting Down: the Ongoing Mystery of Sea Star Wasting Disease (upcoming, Fall 2018)
The Far Reaches: Papua New Guinea (upcoming)
Scuba Diver: Ocean Planet
California's Bounty: An Underwater Photographer's Guide to California, Issue 4, 2016, No. 8
Scuba Diver Australasia
Continuous Lighting for Underwater Photographers, Issue 7, 2013, No. 76
Scuba Diver Australasia: Through the Lens
Shooting Big in the Land of Small, Issue 8, 2012, No.4
California Pinnipeds (section of Leopards and Lions of the Sea), Issue 8, 2012, No.5
California Classic: Iconic Sites (and Sights) of Southern California, Issue 6, 2013, No 8.
Selected Sponsored Photography Seminars
Scuba Show, Long Beach, California, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018.
DEMA Show (Imaging Resource Center), Las Vegas, NV and Orlando, FL, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, and 2018.
Selected Awards and Honors
DEEP Indonesia 2017, Reefscapes silver and bronze
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