The Scubashooters.net branded Deepvisions UWP award is up and running.
The 2021 edition is a special one as the globe is still struck by the pandemic affecting the diving industry in several ways. This is why they have called it the “renaissance” edition, because despite the great economical crisis the team were able to gather a great prize panel worth more than 60K USD.
The 2021 Deepvisions edition is characterized by a new international Jury whose members are top-notch, multi-awarded UW photographers well known inside the community and the scientific world. They are: David Salvatori from Italy (Head of Jury), Marco Colombo from Italy, Jerome Kim from Korea, Eduardo Acevedo from Spain, Filippo Borghi from Italy, Jose Luis Sandoval from Mexico and Ellen Cuylaerts from Belgium.
Among many historical brands supporting the competition over the years, this edition has seen new, important world players of the diving industry joining the sponsorship panel. They cannot all be mentioned here but they are all listed on the website: www.deepvisions.photo
There are 8 contest categories covering pretty much all the fields of underwater photography. Entries are accepted until the end of June 2021 and candidates are invited to upload their work after reading the rules available at www.deepvisions.photo
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Jump into… A career in diving
A career in doing something that you love… I have heard so many times that diving is just a hobby and not a career. A career by definition is ‘an occupation undertaken for a significant period of a person’s life and with opportunities for progress.’
I started diving at the age of 17. I became a PADI Divemaster and from this point progressed to an Open Water instructor, to Staff Instructor, to Master Instructor, to Course Director. Surely by definition this is a career path? The only difference (in some cases) that would dispute this matter… the controversial subject of pay!
I am 100% not going to say that no dive centres in the world pay. I myself do, and I know others that do, too. It does however seem to have become very much the norm, that the ‘because I enjoy it’ philosophy has eradicated the UK diving career path for years. Divers volunteering their help for little or no reward (again… not everyone before you stop reading). To eventually realising, that they are doing hard work, for not much to gain… even paying to carry on doing courses, and to become an instructor to work for that centre. What is all that about?!
If you are the type of person to be happy with that, that is completely fine, so long as you are happy. I was at one point… and then realised that I had invested a lot of my time and money, and when this realisation hit, started to feel undervalued. The instructor I was ‘working for’, for a free hot chocolate at the end of the day, would sit in the cafe whilst I taught in the 3 degree waters in the middle of winter. Obviously the paying customer had booked his course through this person and not me… I was happy with a hot chocolate and having fun… but aren’t all of the best careers the ones that we do not see as work. They aren’t all volunteer roles.
Those of you looking for a career in diving, don’t be put off. There are places that you can work, and a career in diving can literally take you all across the world. Those saying that there is no money in diving… ignore those guys too. There is. Obviously working for free is never going to get you there, but if you want to do it, then do it. There are plenty of places not only looking to employ scuba instructors, there are other jobs at aquariums, conservation roles, the Navy and many others for you to take a look at.
There are also grants to look at for education, the open water instructor course, or anything else after that is not exactly cheap… but still nonetheless worthwhile.
So, please do not take away the fact of diving being a career. It is. The only thing that I will leave you with (dropping a bombshell), is that if we accept the fact of ‘working for free’ then it will never change and still be hard to make a career in diving… I mean, of course there is limited need when there is still the alternate option for a business to have free labour.
Clare began Duttons Divers at just 19 years old and a short while later became one of the world’s youngest PADI Course Directors. Find out more at www.duttonsdivers.com
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