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Diving stars set for DIVE 2019

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A selection of diving’s top personalities are already booked to give presentations at DIVE 2019 at the NEC Birmingham in October.

All-round adventurer and TV presenter Andy Torbet hasn’t been on our screens quite so much lately because he has been engaged on a secret mission – perhaps he’ll give us some clues on the DIVER Stage. One thing is sure, Andy is never short of a great diving story.

The same applies to Paul Rose, who has criss-crossed the world leading Nat Geo’s Pristine Seas expeditions. It will come as no surprise to hear that locating pristine seas is becoming increasingly difficult – but if it’s there, he’s the diver to find it!

Other DIVER Stage speakers not to be missed include breath-hold master Marcus Greatwood, who is taking his NoTanx club to Kefalonia this summer with plans to freedive the British WW2 submarine Perseus, famous after stoker John Capes survived an emergency ascent from 50m.

Plus: Jack Perks, whose mission to film all 53 freshwater fish species in Britain took 6 years and many thousands of miles; and Clive Crisp, from the Gibraltar diving unit set up to protect marine life in one of the world’s vital highways for loggerhead turtles, fin, sperm, blue and lost humpback whales, bluefin tuna and other pelagics.

Top divers set to appear on the DIVE 2019 stages include (clockwise from top left): Andy Torbet, Paul Rose, Marcus Greatwood, TekDeck coordinator Mark Powell, PhotoZone speaker Will Appleyard, and Jack Perks.

Elsewhere, the TekDeck, coordinated by Mark Powell, will be running a schedule of talks by leading technical divers on subject ranging from a comparison of current rebreather models to kit configuration.

The Ocean Theatre will be providing Dive Show visitors with the perfect opportunity to consider future dive travel possibilities and the PhotoZone Stage will be full with underwater photo and videographers keen to share their expertise and help boost your skills and find you the equipment and accessories you need.

The DIVE 2019 weekend will feature around 200 companies offering diving gear, holidays and services. Opening times are 9.30-6.00 on Saturday 26 October and 9.30-5.00 on Sunday 27 October.

And remember, the price of admission to DIVE 2019 will be repaid many times over for the visitor who wins the Grand Prize Draw prize of an £8000 dive trip for two to Indonesia organised by Regaldive.

Visit www.diveshows.co.uk to find out more!

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Searching for images to help Save Our Seas

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The Marine Conservation Photographer of the Year competition, sponsored by The Save Our Seas Foundation (SOSF) and organised by the Underwater Photographer of the Year opens for entries on 1st November and closes on 7th January 2023. The conservation contest is free to enter and offers cash prizes for the first, second and third placed photographs.

The Marine Conservation Photographer of the Year is open to both above-water and underwater photographs. Photographs must highlight a marine conservation story or theme, with both positive and negative stories encouraged. Freshwater themed conservation images are also accepted.

Chair of the judges, underwater photographer and marine ecologist Dr Alex Mustard MBE said: “Powerful photographs are able to change hearts, minds and attitudes. Conservation imagery is especially important from the oceans, which faces many threats from our activities. However, these issues mostly happen unwitnessed, out of sight of land or beneath the surface. This contest gives these valuable images a huge public platform.”

Dr James Lea, CEO of the Save Our Seas Foundation, said: “Images have a profound capacity to affect how people view the world, and at SOSF we are all about encouraging positive change in how people view and interact with the marine environment. As such we are delighted to partner with the Marine Conservation Photographer of the Year award, which is uniquely placed to highlight issues our oceans are facing and inspire change”.

Previous editions of the contest have attracted entries from photographers around the world, keen to draw attention to conservation issues, campaigns and success stories important to them. The award was most recently won by Thein Nguyen Ngoc from Vietnam, with his aerial photograph “Big Appetite”. The photo shows boats straining the waters for anchovies in the Phu Yen province of his country.

“Salted anchovy is the most important raw material in traditional Vietnamese fish sauce. But these little fish are also a keystone of a natural ecosystem. Despite increased fishing, the catches of anchovies have decreased by 20-30% in the past 10 years. When they are overfished, the whales, tunas, sea birds and other marine predators face starvation and critical population declines.” 

The Marine Conservation Photographer of the Year, part of UPY is an annual competition, that traces its roots back to 1965. The Marine Conservation photographer of the Year is free to enter at www.underwaterphotographeroftheyear.com

The Save Our Seas Foundation has been dedicated to protecting life in our oceans, especially sharks and rays, for 19 years. They have funded around 425 projects in over 85 countries, supporting passionate and innovative researchers, conservationists and educators.

Each project strives for deeper understanding and more innovative solutions in marine research, conservation and education.

Header Image: Thein Nguyen Ngoc

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Scubaverse UWP Winners Gallery: Sofia Tenggrono

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Each month we give the winner of the Scubaverse Underwater Photography competition the opportunity to show off a little more of their work in a gallery. The September winner was Sofia Tenggrono.


What equipment do you use?

I work with Olympus TG-6 camera, Nauticam CMC-1, 2 Inon S-2000, minigear snoot dive torch

Where can our readers see more of your work?

https://www.instagram.com/s.tenggrono/


To enter the latest Scubaverse Underwater Photography competition, with a chance to win some great prizes as well as have your own gallery published, head over to the competition page and upload up to 3 images.

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