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Scubaverse UWP Winners Gallery: Jan Leya

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Each month we give the winner of the Scubaverse Underwater Photography competition the opportunity to show off a little more of their work in a gallery. The July winner was Jan Leya.


What do you love about diving & underwater photography?

Anyone who has ever encountered a shark in the open sea can immediately see how
impressive, endangered and at the same time how beautiful our oceans are. Diving in the
sea or lake, in warm or cold waters, allows me to switch off and forget everyday life. My
camera allows me to capture these moments, archive them and show them to the world. To
show what beauty is so close to us and yet so invisible to almost everyone. Now, I use the
time outside of my workday to travel the world, photographing and showcasing its versatility
– especially under the surface. From small to large, I seek respectful, natural interaction with
our marine life to raise awareness of this fragile, acutely endangered ecosystem through my
images.

What equipment do you use?

What started with an inexpensive action camera solidified over the years to my current setup. Currently I use a SONY Alpha 6400 in a Fantasea body equipped with two INON Z-330
flashes and two Weefine Smart 3000 video lights. At the moment I prefer to use my SONY
90mm f/2.8 macro lens or the SIGMA 16mm f/1.4. I also have the SONY 30mm f/3.5 macro
lens, the SONY 10-18mm f/4 wide-angle lens and the SONY 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 at my
disposal

Where can our readers see more of your work?

www.instagram.com/blubber_jan


To enter the latest Scubaverse Underwater Photography competition, with a chance to win some great prizes as well as have your own gallery published, head over to the competition page and upload up to 3 images.

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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Deptherapy charity to close in August 2023

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Scuba Diving rehabilitation charity Deptherapy has announced its forthcoming closure. Last month, the Board of Trustees met to discuss the future of the Deptherapy & Deptherapy Education Charity. A path to closure was sadly agreed that will see the charity formally end its operation with effect from midnight on 31st August 2023, the end of the charity’s 2022–2023 financial year.

The reasons for closure, and the plans for the operation of Deptherapy over the interim period, are covered in a statement issued on behalf of the Deptherapy Board, which was made available on the charity’s website today, 3rd October 2022.

Two major issues have forced the difficult decision to close: 1, the inability to recruit sufficient beneficiaries to maintain a viable graduated diving qualification pathway; and 2, the lack of a sustainable income stream, in which public giving has been replaced by an increased dependency on grant funding. The charity also cites the negative impact of the Coronavirus Pandemic on both recruitment and fundraising.

Until their closure at the end of August next year, Deptherapy is committed to continuing the charity’s scheduled programme, which includes a training expedition to Roots Red Sea in October 2022 for new beneficiaries, as well as those already on developmental courses. The charity is also hosting a Deptherapy Retreat in Sheffield in November 2022 for beneficiaries, partners and relatives. The Retreat will see the launch of the Deptherapy Mental Awareness Course, an important part of the legacy that the charity will leave when it finally closes its doors next August.

Deptherapy Chair, Richard Cullen, said:

“I speak for the Board when I say that we are immensely proud of all that Deptherapy and its beneficiaries have achieved since the charity’s formation in 2014. As an organization and individuals, we leave a huge footprint in terms of Adaptive Teaching on the Scuba Diving industry globally. Most importantly, we leave a legacy of lives saved and transformed. Our beneficiaries will remain front and centre of our work over the coming period as they have always been. Deptherapy is also committed to ensuring the benefits of our programmes and experience will remain accessible and sustainable for the future.”

Subject to residual funds, the charity hopes to run a further ‘core’ expedition to the Red Sea in May/June 2023, and a liveaboard expedition in Summer 2023 for existing beneficiaries. All fundraising activities will cease from 31st December 2022.

The Board is also actively looking at ways of ensuring that our expertise, experience and resources are made available to other charities supporting those in the Blue Light Services who have encountered mental and physical injuries.

Further details about Deptherapy’s progress to closure will be available in due course.

To read the full statement about the closure or for more information, visit www.deptherapy.co.uk.

Images: Dmitry Knyazev for Deptherapy

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Announcing the Winners of Scubaverse’s September 2022 Underwater Photo & Video Contests

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Another bumper month packed with amazing images and videos from around the world! 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 September 2022 Underwater Photo Contest is, click here.

To find out who the winner of Scubaverse.com’s September 2022 Underwater Video Contest is, click here.

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

To enter Scubaverse.com’s October 2022 Underwater Photo Contest, click here.

To enter Scubaverse.com’s October 2022 Underwater Video Contest, click here.

Good luck!!!

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