Tamara Benitez is a Cinematographer, Surfer, and Producer based near Manila, Philippines.
Tamara studied Cinematography under the tutelage of Director of Photography Larry Manda at the Mowelfund Film Institute in 2003, one of the last batch of students to learn the craft using film. After apprenticing under various industry greats, Tamara went on to shoot movies such as Heremias by Award winning Director Lav Diaz and Anak ni Brocka and Ang Bangka Sa Pagitan Ng Dalawang Ilog by Sigfried Sanchez. Tamara has worked on several projects spanning the genres of Film, TV, TVCs, Music Videos, Documentary, and more. She now specialises in underwater and surf cinematography.
A lifestyle rider for Roxy Philippines and brand ambassador for GoPro Philippines, Tamara regularly produces surf and travel films, which she releases under her brand, ByTheSea. As Producer, she is currently in pre-production for some environmental projects, due for release in 2017.