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Announcing the 12th Blue Dolphin of Malta – Underwater Photography Competition



The Federation of Underwater Activities Malta in collaboration with the Ministry of Gozo has announced their 12th International Underwater Photographic Competition.

The first edition of Blue Dolphin of Malta was held back in 1987 at the hosting of the ‘Confederation Mondiale des Activites Subaquatiques’ (CMAS) World Congress in Malta. This was the very first time for Malta (founder member in 1955) to receive such an honour. Competitors came from 42 different countries and the winner was Mr John Christopher Fine, a journalist from New York.

The Blue Dolphin of Malta is an important and renowned event throughout the international diving community. Every edition has been graced by the presence of internationally known personalities like the late Jacques Mayol, Peter Scoones, Pelizzari, Pipin and many others. This year will not be an exception.

The Blue Dolphin of Malta is an excellent opportunity to discover the beauty of the Mediterranean Sea and the marine environment in general. The waters around the Maltese islands are famous for their clear waters, cave and wreck diving.

Basic Info

  • What: Blue Dolphin of Malta Underwater International Photographic Competition
  • When: Dates: 09 – 11 November 2017
  • Where: Location: Gozo, Malta
  • Who: Event is open to all underwater photographers internationally
  • Why: Because we love diving and Underwater Photography and Gozo is the place to be in the Mediterranean for everything from a shallow dive to a Cave entry at 60m!

Photo Competition Locations

The main two competition dives will be carried out at Gozo diving sites. It all depends on the weather, safety but the choice includes:

  • The Blue Hole/ Azure Reef / Inland Sea at Dwejra (Voted 3rd Best Diving Site in the Mediterranean in Diver Magazine)
  • Wrecks and Reef at Xatt l-Ahmar (Three wrecks scuttled for Divers, max depth 42m)
  • Mgarr ix-Xini (A picturesque small bay at the end of a valley recently used by Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt for their honeymoon and as a backdrop for their film “By the Sea”.
  • Xwejni (A nice reef with possibilities of seeing large shoals of Barracuda and from which you can go to the unique Double Arch)
  • Ras il-Hobz (One of the best reef dives in Gozo and includes near by a Pinnacle rising from the depths to about 8m from the surface, always full of life)
  • Ir-Reqqa (A reef / wall dive with Billinghurst cave being just round the corner)

Visit for more info & videos of these dive sites together with updates from their Facebook Page.


  • Seahorse Class: Open to photographers using DSLR/Bridge/Mirrorless Cameras
  • Nudibranch Class: Open to photographers using Compact Cameras


To be confirmed, but definitely you’ll walk away with something nice!


Dates proposed for foreign participants are between 08 – 12 November and programme outline is as follows

  • Wednesday 8 November – Arrivals start and familiarising with local conditions
  • Thursday 9 November – Technical Meeting 19:00 – Gozo with Web Link (for Maltese not travelling to Gozo)
  • Friday 10 November – Competition AM & PM
  • Saturday 11 November – Presentation 18:00 – Gozo with Web Link (for Maltese not in Gozo, early departures)
  • Sunday 12 November – Departures

Registrations are now open! Visit Registration and Practical Information for full details!

For more information visit


Photo Gallery: Dive Fest Barbados



In our Gallery feature, we let the photos tell the story… Each Gallery showcases a selection of outstanding images on a chosen theme, taken by our Underwater Photography Editor Nick and Deputy Editor Caroline of Frogfish Photography. This time they reflect on their visits to the Caribbean Island of Barbados for the annual Dive Fest celebrations.

Dive Fest Barbados is a week of celebrating the marine life, diving and snorkeling this idyllic island has to offer. There are activities organised each day for all those that attend that include wreck diving, marine conservation, learning to dive, snorkeling and one an unusual dive for us – riding a submarine to the bottom of the Caribbean Sea! Dive Fest Barbados allows divers to get the very best out of a trip here, with plenty of diving, but also to sample the unique atmosphere, mouth-watering food and drink, stunning scenery and beautiful beaches.

For more images from Barbados and around the world, visit the Frogfish Photography website by clicking here.

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Marine Life & Conservation

Video Series: The CCMI Reef Lectures – Part 4 (Watch Video)



Introduced by Jeff Goodman

Never before since human beings have had major influence over our earths climate and environments, have we come to so close to the brink of global disaster for our seas and marine life. We need to act now if we are not going to crash headlong into irreversible scenarios.

A good start to this is understanding how the marine environment works and what it means to our own continued survival. We can only do this by listening and talking to those with the experience and knowledge to guide us in the right direction.

CCMI (Central Caribbean Marine Institute) are hosting an annual Reef Lecture series that is open to the general public and Scubaverse will be sharing those lectures over the coming months.

Part 4: Stop Whining! Life as an Ocean Ambassador; Ellen Cuylaerts

Ellen Cuylaerts shares her insights on how to act, practice what you preach and use your voice to contribute to constructive change. Ellen is a wildlife and underwater photographer and chooses to take images of subjects that are hard to encounter like harp seal pups, polar bears, orcas, beluga whales and sharks, to name a few. By telling the stories about their environment and the challenges they face, she raises awareness about the effect of climate change on arctic species, the cruel act of shark finning and keeping marine mammals in captivity.

During this seminar, Ellen will take you on a virtual trip and show you the stories behind the shots: how to get there, how to prepare, how to create the most chances to come home with a shot, and how to never give up!

Ellen Cuylaerts is an ocean advocate, underwater & wildlife photographer, explorer, and public speaker.

For more information about the CCMI click here.

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Sharks Bay Umbi Diving Village is a Bedouin-owned resort with stunning views and a lovely private beach. It is ideal for divers as everything is onsite including the resort's jetty, dive centre and house reef. The warm hospitality makes for a diving holiday like no other. There is an excellent seafood restaurent and beach bar onsite, and with the enormous diversity of the Sharm El Sheikh dive sites and the surrounding areas of the South Sinai, there really is something for every level of diver to enjoy.

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