Kay Burn Lim is an award-winning photographer, drone cameraman and underwater cinematographer. He has been involved in various broadcast productions as the director of photography as well as the primary underwater and drone cameraman at locations all over the world, working primarily with the Smithsonian Channel and its subsidiaries.
Kay’s speciality ranges from filming the smallest undersea creatures, such as larvae, to the largest creature on earth, the blue whale. For his underwater cinematography works, he owns and operates a RED DSMC2 Helium camera. He was recently nominated for “Best Photography in a Documentary or Factual” by the Academy of Canadian CInema & Television (2018 Canadian Screen Awards) for the episode “Guadalupe, Island of the White Sharks” where he shot all the underwater and drone scenes.
Kay has also worked on multiple episodes of documentary series such as “Great Blue Wild” and “Strange Creatures”. In addition to being the main cameraman, Kay would also sometimes interviewed as the subject matter expert on these series. These shows have been aired by various broadcasters including Discovery, National Geographic (Japan, Asia), BBC Earth, Love Nature, Starhub TV SIngapore, etc. He has also done independent short clip productions that have been screened at various film festivals around the world and most recently he was invited as President of the Jury for both the CMAS World Championships of Underwater Photography and the CMAS World Championships of Underwater Videography in Tenerife, Spain.
As a photographer, Kay was published in several magazines such as Asian Diver Magazine, Aperture Magazine and HWM Magazine. Having participated and won numerous awards from competitions and shootouts in his career, Kay now sits on several judging panels. For the past 3 consecutive years, he has judged the Raja Ampat Kapolda Cup; and most recently he was invited to judge the GOP Malaysian Open in Tenggol.
When not on filming assignments, Kay organises and leads exotic dive expeditions for large animals such as blue whales, humpback whales, tiger sharks and great white sharks.
Kay is Australian by nationality but his main work hubs are in Malaysia and Singapore. He owns a Singapore registered company, Iconic Images Pty Ltd.