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DIVELIFE launch Snap and Win photo competition

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Behold… The Biggest Scuba Photo Competition the UK Lockdown has seen!

HOW TO PLAY?

UK-based Scuba Store and Dive Centre DIVELIFE decided to spice it up a little and have themselves a photo competition with some awesome prizes!

So, what are the rules? Simply submit your diving related photo, like their page on Facebook and sit tight for a few weeks… yeah that’s it!

Prized kindly donated by sponsors:
•  Halcyon UK: 1x H75P & Halo Regulator Set
•  SANTI: 1x Flex360 Undersuit
•  Diving Matrix: 1x One-on-one private training day at any level.

Winner gets first pick!

They’ve also got a prize for the Best Worst Photo – the winner of this prize will receive a £25 shopping voucher and a T-Shirt representing how much you suck at taking pictures. (Deliberately bad submissions are allowed).

TERMS & CONDITIONS

There is only one prize per person, but you can enter a maximum of two entries (best and worst).
Entries must be posted by Monday 30th November 2020 – any entries after this date will not count.

►About the candidates
Anyone who is a certified scuba diver is eligible to enter the contest. Members of DIVELIFE staff, interns, contractors, sponsors, or an immediate family member of any of the foregoing, may participate, but are not eligible to win.

►Technical specifications for submitted photos
The photo(s) must be submitted as a high-resolution JPEG (as high as your camera will allow). The photo must not contain violence, profanity, sex or direct attacks on individuals or organisations. Any entries deemed offensive will be immediately disqualified. The photo must be an original creation – no copyright images may be used The participant must certify and warrant that the submitted photo(s) does not violate the rights of a third party or any copyright infringement. DIVELIFE is not responsible for intellectual property violations that might have resulted through the submissions of photos. Judging and notification of selected photographers After the contest closes, qualifying photos will be judged on adherence to the contest challenge through its message clarity, composition and overall presentation. DIVELIFE will appoint an internal jury to judge the entries. The jury’s decision is final. Any attempt by a participant to influence the result or subvert the photo competition will lead to immediate disqualification.

►Winner Announcement
Winners will be notified via Facebook Messenger. If an entrant does not respond within 10 days, DIVELIFE reserves the right to offer the prize to the next best entry.

►Rights and ownership
By submitting their photos to DIVELIFE, participants agree to grant DIVELIFE free of charge right to use the photo in any manner and media, including without limitation, the right to publish, adapt, distribute, copy, display or translate in printed or electronic media even if they are not the winning entries.

►General
DIVELIFE reserves the right to modify or cancel the contest or any of the arrangements, schedules, plans or other items directly or indirectly related to the contest, at any time and for any reason if deems necessary. The personal information provided to DIVELIFE by the participants shall only be used for the purposes of this contest. All participants are entitled to access, cancel, oppose and rectify the details about the personal data (such as names, addresses, etc.) contained in the file by sending their request by email to info@divelife.co.uk Entries must be done on Facebook and must go paired with a Page Like. If you enter and have not Liked @thedivelifeshop your entrance will not count. Prizes cannot be exchanged for vouchers or cash.

To enter the competition click here.

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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In a video shot exclusively for Scubaverse.com, Jeff Goodman reviews the Gemini Switch Box from Lungfish.

For more information, visit www.lungfishdivesystems.com and www.facebook.com/divelungfish

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Jump into… A career in diving

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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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