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Outdoor Photographer of the Year Book Review

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The Outdoor Photographer of the Year competition is now in its 6th year and the OPOTY Portfolio II book is a celebration of some of the best photography from around the world. From more than 17,000 entries into the competition, this beautiful book holds the best 160 images from eight different categories, including a category dedicated to underwater images.

We have to admit some slight bias in this review up front – as when we opened up the parcel, our attention was drawn to the fact that one of Nick’s shots of two sharks in South Africa had made the back cover and, of course, was also reproduced in the “Under Exposed” chapter dedicated to underwater photography. He is very proud to have an image featured alongside all the other stunning imagery in the book.

Photo: Darren Ciolli-Leach

The Outdoor Photographer of the Year book is a hardback that has focussed on reproducing 160 gorgeous images on quality paper and is something that you will be happy to pick up over and over again. Each time, you will find a new image that will hold your attention and read the caption along with the equipment and setting details. Each image is given plenty of room, taking up a whole page, or even running across two.

Photo: Johan Sundelin

The underwater category was won by Johan Sundelin from Sweden with a lovely shot of Californian Sea Lions taken in The Galapagos Islands whilst snorkelling. It is a touching shot of these enigmatic creatures with beautiful soft light. We will have an interview with Johan on Scubaverse in the near future to tell us more about this shot and his photography.

Photo: Hani Bader

The other underwater images show off the amazing diversity of the world that divers have special access too. There are vivid reef scenes, sharks, dolphins, crocodiles, octopus, schooling fish, caves, jellyfish, seahorses and divers. The images are from all around the world, taken in tropical waters and temperate waters. There is really something for everyone.

Photo: Wai Yin Cheung

This book will hopefully inspire you to pick up your camera and take images both above and below the waves.

For more on the competition visit: www.opoty.co.uk #OPOTY

Title: Outdoor Photographer of the Year: Portfolio II | Author: Ammonite Press | ISBN: 9781781453049 | Price: £25 | Publisher: Ammonite Press | Pub Date: March 2017

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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Jeff chats to… Louis Hagger, second place winner of the See You at the Sea Festival Film Competition (Watch Video)

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In this exclusive Zoom interview, Jeff Goodman, Scubaverse Editor-at-large, chats to Louis Hagger, second place winner of the See You at the Sea Festival Film Competition.The See you at the Sea Festival was an online film festival created by young people, for young people.

Louis’ film – Uncovering Cornwall’s Little Known Oceans – can be seen here:

Third in a series of six videos about the competition. Watch the first video HERE with Jenn Sandiford – Youth Engagement Officer with the Your Shore Beach Rangers Project and the Cornwall Wildlife Trust – to find out more about the Competition. Each day this week we will be sharing one video in which Jeff talks with the young contestants about their films and what inspired them.


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DAN launches 2021 webinar series

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Divers Alert Network (DAN) has launched a new series of live monthly webinars on its YouTube channel, DAN TV.

Throughout 2021, experts from DAN’s Research, Risk Mitigation, and Medical Services teams will give presentations on topics relevant to divers, dive pros and dive business owners as we look beyond the COVID-19 pandemic and resume diving and traveling.

The 2021 series will begin this Thursday, January 21, at 7:00 p.m. EST, with a webinar by DAN Director of Risk Mitigation Francois Burman titled Emergency Planning: Who Is Responsible for Your Safety? The presentation will cover various mishaps that can occur during diving and travel as well as tips for anticipating, preparing for and successfully managing them.

Future webinars in the series will cover topics including fill station safety, ear barotrauma, DAN research updates, the latest information about COVID-19 and diving, and more. Attendees can look forward to lively 30- to 45-minute presentations followed by questions and discussion.

The webinars will be held on the third Thursday of each month. Keep an eye on the Events page of DAN.org

For more information about upcoming webinars follow DAN on: 

Recorded presentations will remain on DAN’s YouTube Channel.

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