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John Bantin: How I made a small fortune from underwater photography…

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The February 2021 NUPG meeting saw John Bantin take to the virtual stage for a hugely entertaining talk about his career in underwater photography. John talked about his early work as an advertising photographer, his rebreather exploits, his travels around the world and, of course, the images he has taken while working as an underwater photojournalist.

The NUPG also holds a themed underwater photography competition for its members each month. This month the theme was “Oh You Pretty Thing”. Here are the results:

Winner: Justin Beevor’s shot of a pygmy seahorse from the Lembeh Strait

Runner-Up: Maggie Russell’s Nudi shot also from the Lembeh Strait

3rd Place: John Spencer’s image of a pair of bannerfish from the Red Sea

The next meeting will see Georgie Bull take the virtual stage on Monday 8th March.

For more information about the NUPG visit their website by clicking here.

The Northern Underwater Photography Group (NUPG) is an organisation of like-minded people with an interest in taking images underwater. The group meets in Manchester but membership is drawn from around the North of England and further afield. Meetings are monthly and previous speakers have included Alex Mustard, Martin Edge, Alex Tattersall, and Scubaverse's own Nick & Caroline Robertson-Brown. Find out more at www.nupg.org.uk

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Emperor Divers’ recognises the first Covid Diver Hero to win a liveaboard trip

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Earlier in February, Emperor Divers launched the Covid Diver Heroes initiative, where they aim to recognise eight people who have stepped up in the pandemic with free liveaboard trips in the Maldives and the Red Sea.

Here, they share the story of their first hero, nominated by Dave Walker:

I’d like to nominate, Deborah Braham, a friend I made on a diving trip to Tobago.

Deborah is an NHS anaesthetist and early on when PPE was in short supply, she just went on WhatsApp and organised visors and more directly for her hospital. Deborah just made it happen.

Deborah married another diver not long after we met. With her in the UK and us in Switzerland, we haven’t managed to meet up since she had children. Whatever, in Yorkshire speak, she’s a “lovely lass” who definitely deserves a good holiday.

The BBC covered the story of The Visor Army she created:

A doctor who urged volunteers to make visors for NHS staff due to a shortage at her hospital says she is “overwhelmed” by the response.

Without (visors), doctors and nurses are at high risk of being contaminated by aerosolised particles containing the virus during procedures such as intubation or when they are caring for patients on ventilators.

Home made visors

“Initially it was just people I knew who came on board, then it was people I didn’t know,” Dr Braham said. “Within a short time this whole thing had grown so big with so many people wanting to help.”

More than 75,000 face shields have been produced just weeks after Deborah Braham appealed for help on WhatsApp.

Emperor Divers say that there are in awe of the quality of the stories received so far, which number over 50! Dr. Braham was judged to be the deserving winner of a Red Sea liveaboard trip and they have been in contact with her to arrange that. There are still 3 Red Sea and 4 Maldives liveaboards to award to other heroes already nominated or yet to be nominated. Anyone who would like to nominate a Covid Diver Hero should visit here for the information: https://www.emperordivers.com/blog/2021/02/thank-your-covid-hero.html (terms & conditions apply)

Nominations, questions and enquiries to heroes@emperordivers.com

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Announcing the Winners of Scubaverse.com’s February 2021 Underwater Photo & Video Contests

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Another great month packed with amazing images and videos! Record numbers from around the world in both competitions. It has certainly been another great month for entries in both contests – your underwater photos and videos are just getting better and better! Thanks to all who entered.

To find out who the winner of Scubaverse.com’s February 2021 Underwater Photo Contest is, click here.

To find out who the winner of Scubaverse.com’s February 2021 Underwater Video Contest is, click here.

If you’re not a winner this month, then please do try again. March’s photo and video contests are now open.

To enter Scubaverse.com’s March 2021 Underwater Photo Contest, click here.

To enter Scubaverse.com’s March 2021 Underwater Video Contest, click here.

Good luck!!!

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