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Don’t miss out on BSAC’s event of the year

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Tickets are selling fast for this year’s BSAC Diving Conference on the 24th October at the NEC.

Members have responded well to the new approach taken by the BSAC Diving Conference. Earlier in the year a research project on the event unveiled that members wanted to gain more knowledge on the day, have more opportunity for meaningful discussion and get greater value from the event overall.

The organisers were tasked accordingly and ticket sales so far indicate the changes are going down extremely well. The venue capacity has been increased due to demand and it’s anticipated the event will sell out before the day itself.

Here are five reasons why you can’t miss it:

1. Hear BSAC’s latest diving and training developments

Hear from BSAC’s new National Diving Officer, Sophie Heptonstall, get the latest on the Diver Training Programme and hear from BSAC Chairman Eugene Farrell on organisational strategy and new developments.

2. Hot-off-the-press 2015 incident analysis

Safety Adviser Brian Cumming will be presenting the latest findings from the BSAC Incident Report 2015 and outlining his recommendations to ensure safe diving remains at the heart of BSAC diver training and practice.

3. Listen to world-renowned external speakers

Professor Simon Mitchell returns to the BSAC conference stage to explore the respiratory challenges of diving. Plus, shark expert and Women Divers Hall of Fame member Cristina Zenato will deliver a not-to-be-missed talk on sharks.

4. Interact, discuss, feedback

There will be an expanded open forum discussion session, a more in-depth and interactive session on the Diver Training Programme, new breakout sessions and a free drinks session (courtesy of blue o two!) to chat to fellow members.

5. Better value than ever

With the top international speakers, additional sessions, access to the Dive Show all weekend, an Apeks regulator bag (worth £25) for each delegate and even a free drink at the end for all, this year’s event offers better value than ever.

As previous years, the conference will be open to all members but is most relevant for Diving Officers, Training Officers, Instructors and Branch Officers.

For more information and to buy tickets, click here.

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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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