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Malta & Gozo: Two sides of Gozo

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On our final day on Gozo we had a tour of the island to take in some of the amazing history and scenery the island offers, on top of the great diving. Then all the journalists, who had come from Russia, Poland, Netherlands, Germany, UK, France & Switzerland, along with their dive centre staff and guests met up for a meal to celebrate the end of the European Divers Meeting.

Having met Pete Bullen on the day of diving at the Karwela Wreck, we were delighted that we were also able, along with most of the group, to walk down the hill from the Citadella, to Maldonado’s Bistro, where Pete was holding the opening evening for his photography exhibition: ‘Two Sides of Gozo’. The exhibition consists of 38 framed images and two large canvasses of life above and below the waves on this island that Pete now calls home and it will be on display until mid-July.

Around two thirds of the images are underwater pictures that show-off some of the best diving that Gozo has to offer, with shipwrecks, divers, caves and marine life. The landscape shots also focus on Gozo’s beautiful coastline, bays and harbours (along with Pete’s famous and adorable dog, Bob).

The venue is perfect for such an exhibition, with the ancient stone walls setting off the visual feast. It was a popular opening night too – with groups of people huddled around all of the images, whilst enjoying some great nibbles along with a beverage or two. There was a real buzz around this cellar style restaurant, as more and more people piled down the stairs to see the images on display. Pete obviously loves Gozo and this shines through in the series of images he has selected to display in this excellent exhibition. All the images are available to buy as prints or canvasses. If you are on Gozo in the next few weeks, then this is well worth a visit.

www.oceanfoto.co.uk

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For more from Nick and Caroline, visit www.frogfishphotography.com

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 supported by Mares, Paralenz, Nauticam and Olympus. To find out more visit www.frogfishphotography.com

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Jeff chats to… Richard Corner from Mares about liveaboards and training with SSI (Watch Video)

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In this exclusive Zoom interview, Jeff Goodman chats to Richard Corner, UK Watersports Category Manager at Mares, about the complete experience for all aspects of diving with Mares, their liveaboard adventures with the purchase of liveaboard.com, and the Mares/SSI combination.

Last in a series of four videos.

Rather listen to a podcast? Listen to the audio HERE on the new Scubaverse podcast channel at Anchor FM.


For more information, visit www.liveaboard.com, www.divessi.com and www.mares.com

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Dive on with DIVER Magazine’s December 2020 issue

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DIVER aren’t calling it the Christmas issue because that’s all up in the air but their theme is full of cheer – underwater treasures to be found in our own backyards!

  • Be The Champ! Special: An extended 100th edition of Alex Mustard’s revered monthly column – with the cream of underwater photographers contributing their own pearls of wisdom.
  • Gun Sites: Two tales of individual divers’ exciting weapons hauls – in Cornwall and in Portugal
  • Treasuremen of Bermuda: Story behind one of the most valuable shipwreck treasures ever recovered
  • Wreckful of Ming: Tech divers discover a thrilling cargo of porcelain south of Phuket
  • Dad Found It: Our correspondent dives a sunken Roman city in southern Italy 50 years after her father discovered it
  • Deep Giants: A marine biologist tends her gorgonian garden – in the 100m zone
  • Road Trip 2: The dive tour of Europe continues as our long-term trippers have fun in summertime UK
  • Timepieces: They might not be necessities but diving watches are still prized accoutrements – here’s a guide to 25 of the latest
  • Twilight Zone: Experience the highs and the lows of Curaçao – with the aid of a submersible

Download your copy of the December 2020 edition of DIVER here!

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