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Summer Swimwear that helps marine life

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This summer you can help save vulnerable species by wearing eco-friendly bikinis from MAGDAKINEDESIGNS, who are donating 4% of each purchase to the Marine Megafauna Foundation.

Dedicated to ethical fashion, MAGDAKINEDESIGNS’ pieces are created from high-end Italian fabric made with ECONYL® Fiber; a regenerated nylon made from recycled carpet fluff and abandoned fishing nets. The nets are retrieved by volunteer scuba divers throughout the world including in Belgium, the Netherlands, Italy, Greece and Croatia.

Owner and designer, Magdalena Berger, creates all the original samples of her unique and limited edition manta ray bikini cuts in-house at her studio in Puerto Rico and these are then sent to California where production takes place in a family owned and operated factory.

Donations from MAGDAKINEDESIGNS’ Isabela range benefit MMF’s projects worldwide and help fund outreach programs to local hotspot fisheries who target Manta Rays in unsustainable numbers.

Magdalena said: “My designs are much more than just a “cute” bikini. Every print, stitch, purchase, customer and partner has a story that deserves to be told. I’m proud to be able to say that my one small bikini can make a huge difference – and there’s still so much more I want to do!

My aim is not only to design and produce an ethical product that helps the environment but to create a more eco-conscious consumer as well as encouraging other fashion designers to focus on the environment in their work,” she continued. “In reality, it’s sad that eco-friendly fashion is a niche rather than the norm. I always like to sign my customer thank you cards with “bikinis can’t change the world, but the women who wear then can,” because it is so, so true.”

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Save Our Seas Foundation announce Ocean Storytelling Photography Grant

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Stories spark the imagination and nurture ideas. They are, without doubt, our most powerful form of communicating and connecting, both with each other and with the world around us.
The Save Our Seas Foundation (SOSF) have a strong history of supporting marine conservation and education projects and believe that to truly translate knowledge into effective, meaningful change we must communicate through engaging stories. An inspiring or compelling story can spur positive action in ways that no presentation of facts can.

SOSF are delighted to introduce their new emerging Ocean Storyteller Grants, which will focus on photography in its inaugural year. The photography grant is led by our own director of storytelling and National Geographic photographer Thomas Peschak, in collaboration with Kathy Moran and Jennifer Samuel from National Geographic.

While they are looking specifically for photographers who can tell conservation stories about our oceans, the call is not limited to underwater photography. Applicants should think broadly – story topics can range from the animals themselves to fisheries or the communities whose lives are intertwined with marine life. Four successful grantees will each receive a fully funded assignment to shoot a conservation photo story on location (including day rate and travel), under the direct mentorship of the Ocean Storytelling Grant team.

To learn more about the grant and application process click here.

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Back2Basics #8: How to secure your dome cover while underwater?!

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Matthias Lebo’s Back2Basics video series will guide you through the basics of underwater videography, equipment and maintenance. Whether you are just starting out or already taking underwater videos, this 12 part series will provide invaluable tips and improve your skills and knowledge.


In this episode of the “Back2Basics” series I share with you two ways how you can secure the neoprene cover of your underwater camera housing’s dome port while underwater.


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Visit www.matthiaslebo.com for more!

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