Dave Riggs makes nature documentaries through his own production company, based in Esperance.
Mr Riggs was in a boat around the Neptune Islands, about 70 kilometers off Port Lincoln in South Australia, working on a new film.
The large shark breached the surface, about a metre from where another crew member was crouched at water level taking the photo at the back of the boat.
“Basically it’s a very curious great white shark,” Mr Riggs told Kirstyn March on ABC Goldfields-Esperance, with a casual calmness in his voice.
“She was around 15 foot long, and wasn’t being aggressive, believe it or not, but certainly looks like it in that image. But that’s how they assess their surroundings.”