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Announcing the Winner of Scubaverse.com’s Photo of the Year 2018

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Winner chosen by our experts:

Nick Robertson-Brown, Scubaverse.com’s Underwater Photography Editor

Mario Vitalini, underwater photo pro and resident photo-pro for Scuba Travel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This year, Scubaverse.com’s underwater photography editor Nick Robertson-Brown is joined by UK-based tour operator Scuba Travel’s resident underwater photo pro Mario Vitalini to choose a winner of our Photo of the Year award. Nick and Mario had a tough job on their hands to pick an overall champion for 2018; the winners of the monthly contest provided 12 fantastic images to select from, including marine life big and small, wrecks, images using advanced photo techniques, and examples of animal behaviour. But after much deliberation, and in reverse order….

3rd Place

April’s winner: On the Throne by Natalie Bondarenko

PHOTOLINK: https://www.scubaverse.com/contestants/on-the-throne/

Judges Comments

This is a super shot, there is so much going on! The glass fish surrounding the coral with the grouper on “his throne” makes for a dynamic scene. Well Done.

2nd Place

October’s winner: Tunicate Shrimp by Jack Pokoj

PHOTOLINK: https://www.scubaverse.com/contestants/tunicate-shrimp/

Judges Comments

This picture jumped out straight away. The focus is pin sharp and the composition is great. I do like the way the black inside of the sponge frames the shrimp. The lighting is near perfect and when you see the shot you just think “wow”!

1st Place

November’s winner: Behind a Humpback Whale by François Baelen

PHOTOLINK: https://www.scubaverse.com/contestants/behind-a-humpback-whale/

Judges Comments

I absolutely love the angle of the shot, the fluke takes center stage leading the viewer to the rest of the whale. The free diver and the second whale in the background balance the image and give an idea of scale. The ambient light exposure is beautifully controlled. This is a highly deserved winner of our 2018 competition.

Congratulations from all of the Scubaverse team to our winner and runners-up. Thank you to everyone that entered in 2018. We hope to see plenty more of your images in 2019!

François will receive a wonderful prize of Mares diving equipment, as well as a voucher from Scuba Travel (full details of the prize can be found here).

For your chance to win the 2019 title, you simple need to enter your images each month here:

www.scubaverse.com/current-contest-photo

Good Luck!

Scubaverse.com would like to say a big thank you to Photo of the Year’s sponsors, Mares and Scuba Travel.

Nick and Caroline (Frogfish Photography) are a married couple of conservation driven underwater photo-journalists and authors. Both have honours degrees from Manchester University, in Environmental Biology and Biology respectively, with Nick being a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, a former high school science teacher with a DipEd in Teaching Studies. Caroline has an MSc in Animal Behaviour specializing in Caribbean Ecology. They are multiple award-winning photographers and along with 4 published books, feature regularly in the diving, wildlife and international press They are the Underwater Photography and Deputy Editors at Scubaverse and Dive Travel Adventures. Winners of the Caribbean Tourism Organization Photo-journalist of the Year for a feature on Shark Diving in The Bahamas, and they have been placed in every year they have entered. Nick and Caroline regularly use their free time to visit schools, both in the UK and on their travels, to discuss the important issues of marine conservation, sharks and plastic pollution. They are ambassadors for Sharks4Kids and founders of SeaStraw. They are Dive Ambassadors for The Islands of The Bahamas and are supported by Mares, Paralenz, Nauticam and Olympus. To find out more visit www.frogfishphotography.com

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Breaking News: Captain charged in Conception boat fire tragedy

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According to reports in the international press today, it has been announced that the Captain of the dive boat Conception, which was completely destroyed by fire last year, resulting in the tragic loss of 34 passengers and crew, has been charged with 34 counts of seaman’s manslaughter. 

The Captain Jerry Nehl Boylan was among five crew members to escape the blaze on board Conception, a dive boat operated by Truth Aquatics, which took place in the early hours of 2 September 2019 whilst the boat was moored offshore, close to Santa Cruz Island off the coast of California.

The BBC reports that Mr Boylan has not publicly commented on the charges, and is expected to surrender to the authorities at a later date. According to the BBC, each charge of seaman’s manslaughter carries up to 10 years in federal prison.

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Crossover to NAUI for FREE!

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As a boost to help the diving industry, NAUI are still offering a FREE Instructor cross-over course together with five free certifications to all Instructors. This can include Open Water, Advance, Rescue, Nitrox and various other specialities and can be mixed and matched so all five do not necessarily need to be for the same certification.

NAUI have also frozen the membership fees for 2021 for instructors crossing over or restarting.

NAUI’s Southern UK Rep Simon Lodge says: “Throughout this year, the diving industry has severely suffered so as a result, to help kickstart the diving industry NAUI will not be charging membership fees 2020/2021 to any new instructors.” 

Founded in 1960, NAUI Worldwide is one of the scuba industry’s largest not-for-profit agencies whose purpose is to enable people to enjoy underwater activities as safely as possible by providing the highest quality practical education, and to actively promote the preservation and protection of the world’s underwater environments. As a pioneer in diving education, NAUI has developed many of the programs and concepts accepted throughout the diving industry. NAUI: A Higher Standard!

For more details please contact Simon Lodge (Southern UK Rep) on simon@europe.naui.org or Craig Warner (Northern UK Rep) on cwarner@europe.naui.org.

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