Biosphere Expeditions, the Marine Conservation Society and Reef Check recently ran a global competition for a place on a coral reef citizen science expedition in the Maldives, Malaysia or Musandam (Oman). Several hundred entries were received and the winner was Kelsey Koch, from the USA, who chose the Maldives expedition as his destination.
Dr Matthias Hammer said that Kelsey won the prize because he was able to show most convincingly that he would be an enthusiastic and capable contributor to the expedition. “He deserves the chance to join in as he showed real commitment to ocean conservation. It will be a life-changing experience for him”.
Kelsey said he could not “thank you guys enough, nor fully describe how excited I am to take part in this expedition. Thank you all so much for selecting me!”
Given the success of the competition and the number of entries received, the partners have decided to repeat the competition again. It has just gone up online again on www.biosphere-expeditions.org/competition and the winner can select freely from Biosphere Expeditions’ reef diving expeditions to Musandam (Oman), the Maldives, or Tioman Island (Malaysia).
Entrants have two options of putting in an application. Either send an essay (max. 100 words) or a video clip (max. 1 minute), which you can easily create yourself (for example using the movie setting of your digital camera) and upload to a video sharing site such as YouTube.
Dr Hammer says that it really is simple, and not at all time-consuming to enter: “Our competition is not a talent show event where you need to sing, dance, dress up or otherwise make a fool out of yourself. We would like to get to know you as much as possible, so just be yourself and show us how committed to ocean conservation you are!”
Full entry details and rules can be found at http://www.biosphere-expeditions.org/competition