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Scubaverse.com’s Underwater Photography Editors take Prestigious Photo-Journalism Award

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The Caribbean Tourism Organisation held their 10th Caribbean Media Awards on Monday 7th November, as part of the World Travel Market event held in London. Over 70 journalists attended the awards, and all were hoping to take away one of the prizes in the 8 categories. The evening was also attended by visiting ministers and their delegations, UK travel industry and a wide range of journalists from national, trade, consumer and online media.

ctoaward4sScubaverse.com’s very own underwater photography editors Nick and Caroline were delighted to pick up the award for the “Best Piece of Photo-Journalism” for their article “The Bahamas – Shark Central” in Wildlife Photography World Magazine. The article covered the amazing variety of shark diving that The Bahamas has to offer throughout the islands.

“We are especially thrilled with this award, as it is about both our underwater photography and our writing,” said Nick on picking up the award. “We would like to thank the team at the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism who assisted us with our travel to the islands to get the shots for this article and our two newly released books.”

The full list of CTO Travel Journalism Awards winners is as follows:

  1. Best travel trade feature: Winner: Pippa Jacks, Greener Pastures, TTG
  1. Best piece of photojournalism: Winner: Nick & Caroline Robertson-Brown, The Bahamas – Shark Central, Wildlife Photography World Magazine
  1. Best blog feature: Winner: Suzanne Jones, Hello St Kitts, The Travel Bunny
  1. Best Broadcast, TV or Radio feature: Winner: James Sadlier and Helen Addis, The Bikini + One, broadcast on ITV Lorraine
  1. Best regional newspaper feature: Winner: Ben Mitchell, A Perfect Paradise, Liverpool Echo
  1. Best national newspaper feature: Winner: Thomas Breathnach, Cool Runnings, Irish Independent
  1. Best online feature: Winner: Kate Carter, Running the Caribbean: My Taster of the Nevis Marathon, Guardian Online
  1. Best consumer feature: Winner: Laura Millar, The Future’s Bright, Escapism

Carol Hay, the CTO’s director of marketing for UK and Europe, said: “We are thrilled to be in our tenth year of celebrating the Caribbean Tourism Journalism Awards. Over the years we have recognised a fantastic calibre of writers, bloggers and photographers, and this year is no exception. We thank all the media for their ongoing support and positive articles about the Caribbean helping us maintain our position as one of the most popular long haul destinations for UK holidaymakers.”

Nick and Caroline were also delighted to celebrate their award on the Bahamas stand at WTM, having their photo taken with Minister of Tourism, Honourable Obie Wilchcombe and Tourism Director General for the Bahamas, Joy Jibrilu.

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You can see more about Nick and Caroline’s images, articles and books on their website:

www.frogfishphotography.com

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Our Seas urge Scotland to bring back Inshore Limit

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Our Seas call on Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, and the Scottish Government to follow their own policies and stop the chronic destruction of our seabed by urgently reinstating a coastal limit on bottom-trawl and dredge fishing. Sign the petition here.

Scottish coastal seas have been driven into decline due to decades of mismanagement. Destructive bottom towed fishing gear has had free access to over 95% of our inshore waters since the 1980’s, to the detriment of habitats, biodiversity, fisheries, and communities.

In 1889 a law was passed to protect fish stocks and small boats by banning trawling (except by sail) from within three nautical miles of the shore. Catastrophically the law was removed in 1984 against a backdrop of the industrialization of fishing technology, breaches of the Three Mile Limit, and declining offshore fish stocks.  Access to the inshore appeared to improve catches for a short while, but inevitably led to the rapid decline of fish stocks as seabed habitats – vital nurseries and shelter for many species – were destroyed.

See the trailer of their film The Limit below:

Our Seas are asking you to sign their petition to Bring Back the Fish and Bring Back Scotland’s Inshore Limit. You can sign the petition by clicking here.

For more information about the work of Our Seas visit their website by clicking here.

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And the winner of our AP Diving 45M Ratcheted Pocket Reel competition is…

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We’d like to say a big thank you to all of you who entered our competition to win an AP Diving 45M Ratcheted Pocket Reel from our good friends at AP Diving!

As usual, lots of you entered… but there can, of course, be only one winner!

And that winner is…

  • Simon Nicholls from the UK.

Congratulations Simon – your prize will be on its way to you soon!

Not a winner this time? Don’t worry – there are plenty of other competitions running on Scubaverse.com right now. To see what other awesome prizes you could be in with a chance of winning, click here!

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