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“Of Shark and Man” nominated for three awards at Nice International Film Festival of World Cinema



Of Shark and Man

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Official-Selection-Website-Image-900x450Feature Documentary Recognised At The World Famous Week Long Festival In The South Of France

“Of Shark and Man” has received nominations for awards in three categories at the prestigious film festival which takes place between the 7th and 14th of May in the beautiful French city of Nice. The nominations are in the following categories:

  • Best Cinematography in a Documentary
  • Best Editing of a Documentary
  • Best Sound Design

Five years in the making, “Of Shark and Man” is the feature debut of UK based film-maker David Diley, and tells the inspirational, untold story of Shark Reef in Fiji, a place where locals live side by side with sharks in a world where, far from the villain portrayed in western media, sharks have built an economy of their own and brought a once dead reef back to life.

This incredible story is told through the eyes of the film-maker, an ordinary, thirty-two year old from the UK’s industrial north who risked everything to fulfil a lifelong dream, a dream which finds him in the middle of a feeding frenzy with a hundred of the world’s biggest Bull Sharks.  “Of Shark and Man” has been described as having “some of the most brilliant nose to nose shark cinematography ever filmed.”

David Diley, the film-maker behind “Of Shark and Man” said:

“This is an incredibly exciting acknowledgement of all the hard work that went in to the making of this film, not just from myself, but from all the people who contributed to helping make ‘Of Shark and Man’ what it is. When I started the submissions process to the festival circuit, this is the event I most wanted to accept the film, so to not only be accepted, but to receive nominations in three categories, is a huge honour.”

This announcement coincides with the weekly releases of six ‘making of’ films which started on Monday, March 14th with “Origins,” and continues on Monday March 21st with the release of “Getting The Look.” These films can be viewed at the official movie website,

About the Film-Maker:

David Diley is an award winning UK based film-maker and owner of the film’s production company, Scarlet View Media. As both a terrestrial and underwater Cinematographer, Director and Editor, David has received wide international acclaim for his stylistic story telling of issues facing people and wildlife with a heavy focus towards marine conservation – in particular sharks.

The film’s trailer can be found here.

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

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BSAC launch #DiscoverUKdiving video competition



BSAC is launching a new video competition which aims to get the diving community sharing and discussing the highlights of UK diving to inspire others to give it a try and discover it for themselves.

They are inviting you to share short UK diving or snorkelling videos – tagged #DiscoverUKdiving or #DiscoverUKsnorkelling – to be in with a chance of winning a Fourth Element Hydra Neoprene Drysuit worth £999 (or an alternative non-diving suit if a snorkeller wins). There are other prizes up for grabs too, with a Fourth Element duffel bag going to second place and a year’s BSAC membership for third.

The #DiscoverUKdiving video competition aims to get the diving community talking about the highlights of UK diving and/or BSAC club life by sharing short videos to surprise and inspire others to discover it for themselves.

BSAC is looking for videos that show an exciting moment, unique insight or anything that exemplifies why diving in the UK is so much fun and can encourage others to take up UK diving. People will be invited to vote for the entries they find most inspiring on the competition gallery website.

BSAC CEO Mary Tetley said: “We want to show others who haven’t experienced UK diving why we love it so much, and we need your help! Use your phone, GoPro or pretty much anything to share a short video that encapsulates why you love diving in the UK. Ideally, showing off UK diving the BSAC way!”

The competition will be open for entries until midnight on Monday 30 November.

The videos can be either be above water (e.g. a RIB ride out to a dive site), below water (e.g. exploring a wreck with your buddy) or a combination of both. Each video should be short (no longer than 15 seconds) and you can enter up to three videos. The winner will be the entry that receives the most votes. Voting will remain open for a further week and close on Monday 7 December. The winners will be announced the week of 14 December, good luck!

Full terms and conditions, including how to enter as well as how to vote on your favourite video can be found here.

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Henley Spiers: Black & White Photography at the September NUPG meeting (Watch Video)



The September NUPG meeting saw Henley Spiers take to the virtual stage. Henley decided to divide the evening into two topic areas for discussion: Black and White Photography and Pelagic Encounters – his two biggest passions in underwater photography at the moment.  Henley showed off his stunning black and white images to the NUPG audience, talking about why he selected each image to convert to monochrome and was generous enough to share the photoshop techniques with the group too. He then went on to wow the group with images from the deep blue sea, with some simply stunning pelagic encounters. 

As always, the NUPG members also had a chance to show off some of their images in the monthly competition. This month’s theme was “Invertebrates” and it saw a range of ideas and images from the group.

The winning shot of a sea lion was taken by Maggie Russell

The runner-up was by John Spencer

Third place was taken by Justin Beevor

The next meeting was held on Monday 12th October, a talk from Simon Rogerson: Difficulties with Sharks. Check back soon for the video!

For more information about the NUPG please visit the website by clicking here.

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