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Celebrate 50 years of underwater photography with Cathy Church

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World renowned Photo Pro Cathy Church celebrates her 50th year of teaching underwater photography this year. Why not join her at the Cathy Church’s Photo Center in Grand Cayman or on one of her workshops!

Solomon Islands

Join Cathy Church on an adventure of a lifetime in the Solomons Islands. Diving from the wonderful MV Bilikiki liveaboard in the Solomons is Cathy’s favorite place to dive and take underwater photographs. This is Cathy’s 20th trip to these beautiful islands. The trip will take place Oct 3 – 13, 2020.

Prices from US$6250 pp twin share (flights not included).

For more info email cathy@cathychurch.com or visit: www.cathychurch.com/index.php/solomon-islands-2020


Photofest

Immerse yourself in a whole week of underwater photography during Cathy Church’s famous Photofest from May 2-9, 2020. This year Cathy will be celebrating the 10th consecutive year of Photofest; famous for her long, 3-hour shallow dives that let you take your time, trying new ideas and getting the best photos ever!

For all levels from beginners to experienced, Photofest is a perfect way to have fun and get great photos. Morning dives, afternoon private critiques, seminars, cocktail party, final evening BBQ party with fantastic prizes for everyone, in the beautiful clear, warm, calm waters surrounding Grand Cayman. Don’t be left out!

Prices from US$2431.00 pp twin share (flights not included).

For more information please email cathy@cathychurch.com or visit: www.cathychurch.com/index.php/uwstore-4/uw-photo-fest


Maldives

The gem-like islands of the Maldives make a stunning back drop for Cathy Church’s exciting underwater photography tour around the best dive sites the Maldives have to offer, aboard the beautiful MV Maldives Aggressor from October 21-31, 2021. This ‘Best of the Maldives’ itinerary offers a 10 night voyage around some of the most stunning atolls in the Indian Ocean.

Prices from US$4450.00pp twin share (flights not included).

For more information please email cathy@cathychuch.com or visit: www.cathychurch.com/index.php/maldives-aggressor-2021


Find out more at: www.cathychurch.com

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Photo Gallery: Dive Fest Barbados

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

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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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