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Ocean Photographer of the Year 2021 announced

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Ningaloo Coast-based photographer, Aimee Jan, has been announced as the Ocean Photographer of the Year 2021.

Aimee’s beautiful image of a green sea turtle surrounded by glass fish was captured on the world-famous Ningaloo Reef in Western Australia. Chosen from thousands of submissions from around the world, it was a unanimous winner amongst the seven world-renowned Ocean Photography Awards judges.

In second place is Exeter-based photographer, Henley Spiers, with a beautiful photograph of diving gannets off the Shetland Islands, Scotland. In third place is Sydney-based photographer, Matty Smith, with an image of a hawksbill turtle hatchling heading out to sea for the first time.

This year has also seen the introduction of the Female Fifty Fathoms Award, a new nomination category designed to celebrate inspiring women in ocean photography. LA-based photographer and biology teacher, Renee Capozzola, has been announced the inaugural winner for her beautiful portfolio of work.

A free, outdoor public exhibition alongside the River Thames, on the Queen’s Walk near Tower Bridge, will be open to the public until October 17th.

The Ocean Photography Awards has a simple mission: to shine a light on the beauty of the ocean and the threats it faces. The competition has this year been produced by Oceanographic Magazine in partnership with Blancpain, Princess Yachts and Tourism Western Australia, and in support of conservation organisation SeaLegacy.

Marc A Hayek, president and CEO of Blancpain, said: “As a keen scuba diver and underwater photographer, I appreciate what it takes to capture extraordinary photographs of the ocean: passion, skill and commitment to your craft. The finalists of the Ocean Photography Awards 2021 display those assets in abundance. Their images reveal the ocean for what it is – or at least what it should be – a place full of life, colour and wonder. They also remind us of the injustices we are inflicting upon it. What a powerful collection of photographs.”

Kiran Haslam, chief marketing officer at Princess Yachts, said: “We are honoured to have seen outstanding images submitted this year; they are of incredible standard, capturing some truly exceptional moments. The images submitted in this year’s OPA, without doubt, poignantly highlight the fact that the most important thing we can do right now is act quickly to protect our planet and our ocean.”

David Templeman, Western Australian Government Tourism Minister, said: “This year’s finalists have done an incredible job, not just in capturing aquatic adventures so evocatively, but in inspiring new audiences to treasure them.”

Cristina Mittermeier, co-founder and president of SeaLegacy, said: “The calibre of the images submitted to the second annual Ocean Photography Awards was incredible! I, along with my fellow judges, were challenged and more than impressed by the entries this year. We spent a lot of time discussing the power these images have to inspire people all over the world to advocate for ocean protection. We also spent a considerable amount of time admiring the incredible artistry. Thank you to everyone who entered, and congratulations to this year’s finalists.

To find out more about the Ocean Photography Awards visit their website by clicking here.

  • A blacktip reef shark - Carcharhinus melanopterus - lines its dorsal fin up with the setting sun. This over-under is a single in camera image taken in French Polynesia where sharks thrive due to their strong legal protections

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  • A Hawksbill turtle hatchling (Eretmochelys imbricata) just 3cm long and a few minutes old takes it’s first swim at Lissnenung Island Papua New Guinea.

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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Get up to 25% off your holiday in the Emperor Divers Autumn Sale

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Emperor Divers is offering some amazing Autumn savings across a whole range of liveaboard and daily diving holidays.

Among the highlights include 20% off selected sailings for the rest of 2022, early bird discounts for trips in 2023 and 2024 and a superb 25% off bookings for brand-new Emperor Harmoni.

There is also a 10% discount and extra free places for those booking charter sailings.

But time is of the essence as, not only do these offers sell out fast, the sale only runs until October 1st.

EMPEROR FLEET OFFERS

SAVE up to 20% on SELECTED 2022 SAILINGS

Secure the last available spaces for 2022 with discounts of up to 20% across Emperor’s Red Sea and Maldives fleet. These do sell fast and are updated regularly, please visit the website to check sailings under offer throughout the sale period.

SAVE up to 25% on Emperor Harmoni 2023 & 2024 SAILINGS

Confirm your Emperor Harmoni 2023 or 2024 departure before 1st October and save up to 25%

  • Emperor Harmoni 7 nights from €2,470
  • Emperor Harmoni 9 nights from €3,175
  • Emperor Harmoni 12 nights from €4,230

Applicable on selected 2023 & 2024 departures. Cannot be combined with standard group free places.

BOOK EARLY & SAVE 10% on 2023 & 2024 SAILINGS

Confirm your 2023 or 2024 Red Sea or Maldives liveaboard before 1st October and save 10%

SAVE up to €230 – Best of Maldives

  • Emperor Explorer from €1,890
  • Emperor Serenity from €1,795
  • Emperor Virgo from €1,660
  • Emperor Leo from €1,750
  • Emperor Voyager from €1,480

SAVE up to €130 – Red Sea

  • Emperor Elite from €1,075
  • Emperor Superior from €1,030
  • Emperor Echo from €940

Applicable on all 2023 & 2024 departures excluding the following: Maldives February & March 2023 & 2024 and Red Sea October & November 2023 & 2024. Can be combined with standard group free places.

10% plus EXTRA FREE PLACES for CHARTERS

  • Raja Laut, Indonesia: 10% off pp plus 10 pay, 2 free.
  • Serenity, Maldives: 10% off pp plus 22 pay, 4 free.
  • Elite & Superior, Red Sea: 10% off pp plus 22 pay, 4 free.

Charter Extra Free Places apply to all 2023 and 2024 departures excluding Harmoni, Explorer, Maldives and Indonesia February & March and Red Sea October & November.

EMPEROR DAY DIVING OFFERS

5 days’ diving package for €250, plus free 12L nitrox and full equipment rental for only €60

Applicable on prepaid bookings only for either Sharm el Sheikh or Marsa Ghalib. Minimum 5 day package for all 2023 dates excluding October and November.

EMPEROR VALUE

LOW DEPOSIT 10% deposit for FIT bookings and for a limited time only, €1,200 deposit for group and charter bookings.

EXTRA 5% DISCOUNT on back-to-back departures Looking for a trip that is more than 7 days, then book 2 x 7 nights with an additional 5% discount (5% off each trip). You can choose to stay on different boats, different itineraries and even depart from different ports.

NO ADDED EXTRAS, FREE NITROX, & COMPLIMENTARY WINE Emperor’s inclusive liveaboard pricing means no added extras; the price you see is the price you pay. All Emperor Liveaboards includes park and port fees, fuel surcharges, all taxes, free Nitrox and a glass of wine with dinner on any Red Sea, Maldives or Indonesia liveaboard. Cheers!

OFFER TERMS & CONDITIONS

These offers are for promotional purposes and for use by Emperor Divers’ partners and form part of Emperor’s AUTUMN SALE.

All prices are quoted per person, based on guests sharing a twin berth cabin and are for promotional purposes only. There are limited places on each sailing under offer and are subject to availability. Offers and free group places cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer or discount unless stated.

Valid on new bookings received and confirmed between 18th September to 1st October 2022.

Group bookings (6+), full and private charters: €1,200 non-refundable deposit within 7 days, 10% due 60 days after confirmation. 25% due 26 weeks prior to departure. Normal payment terms with balance due 56 days prior to departure and cancellation terms apply.

For more, visit www.emperordivers.com/autumn-sale-2022

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Gear Review: VL 4600PB Video & Blue Light from Bigblue (Watch Video)

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In a video shot exclusively for Scubaverse.com, Jeff Goodman reviews the VL 4600PB Video & Blue Light from Bigblue.

For more information, visit www.bigbluedivelights.com or email info@liquidsports.co.uk.

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Save up to 1/3 off a trip to Indonesia! Your chance to dive Bali, Komodo and Raja Ampat aboard the NEW luxury MY Emperor Harmoni for less! Launching in September 2022. Emperor Harmoni is Emperor Divers Indonesia’s brand new liveaboard. Built of Sulawesi Ironwood and offering a truly new experience to liveaboard holidays, experience a true sense of sailing the Indonesian seas in freedom, style, comfort and confidence with her two engines. Enjoy spacious diving and relaxation areas or relax with a massage on deck. Example price based on Bali departure to Komodo WAS £2900 / NOW from just £1995* per person based on sharing a twin luxury cabin including: 1 night in Bali before the boat departure with airport transfers One way flight from Labuan Bajo to Bali after the liveaboard with 20kgs baggage 7 nights onboard MY Emperor Harmoni with 3 meals a day, afternoon snacks, unlimited drinking water, tea & coffee All diving with guide, cylinders & weights, Marine Park & Port Fees Free Nitrox 1 cocktail party on a local island (weather allowing) Return airport transfers * Price excludes international flights, these can be quoted at the time of reservation Booking deadline: Subject to availability. Other Dates available - book before 30 September! Call Diverse Travel on 01473 852002 or email info@diversetravel.co.uk. More Less

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