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INON UK announce free Open Day in Manchester, Saturday, January 21st

Four specialist underwater photography companies from the fields of equipment design and manufacturing, training, conservation and dive photojournalism will be giving six presentations to help you take better underwater images on your next trip. But they will also show you how to go beyond social media likes and, even if you are a beginner, start putting your pictures to work by publicising environmental causes and supporting marine life monitoring and outlining how to share your diving photo-stories in the media.

Understanding the INON Underwater Photography System with Takuya Torii of INON Inc.

INON Inc of Japan provides one of the most respected, comprehensive and best backed up ranges of underwater photography equipment in the world today. The line-up spans premium quality wet wide-angle and bug eye lenses for compact and mirrorless users, four strengths of close up lens, pro -level housings, trays and arms, plus probably the most popular strobes for enthusiasts and working professionals alike. Takuya will be demonstrating some of the latest products INON has released and explaining how using INON kit can advance your own underwater photography achievements.

Not Quite 101 Tips for Better Underwater Photos with Alphamarine Photography

Alphamarine’s Anne and Phil Metcalf will take you through some of the best ways they’ve found to improve your underwater pictures, from which diving courses will give you the most help to why some equipment is a better use of your budget than others.

They’ll look at the mistakes they made when starting out and what techniques and knowledge took their photography to higher levels.

Whether you are just beginning to take images underwater or have been doing it a while and want to up your game, this rapid-fire collection of hints will give you some inspiration.

Photographing Sharks and Rays Around the World and How Your Underwater Images can be Used for Marine Conservation with Frogfish Photography

Nick and Caroline Robertson-Brown take you on a global underwater tour of some of the very best places to photograph sharks and rays. From diminutive pyjama sharks to the majestic tiger shark, from the UK to Australia. Learn about the places, techniques and equipment used. Also find out how your images can help shark and ray conservation projects in 2023 and beyond.

Five Fast Tips with INON UK

Steve Warren from INON UK is going to briefly cover five annoyances that needle underwater photographers and offer tips to help counter some of the problems each can inflict from happening to you. He’ll be discussing how to avoid floods, prevent invisible backscatter, when and how to use manual focus, buoyancy control for your camera and packing for air travel.

Buyer Beware – Avoiding a Housing Crisis with INON UK

In a switch to the original program, Steve is going to talk through some of the all  important gotcha’s you need to consider when purchasing a compact, mirrorless or SLR housing. With over three decades experience advising clients from those just getting started to top professionals shooting for National Geographic Magazine, Steve has lots of insights to help ensure your system is an investment in your underwater photography, not a costly mistake. Steve will also explain INON UK’s decision to add Fantasea and Marelux housings to its existing INON X2 housing line up. Topics include optics, viewfinders, ergonomics and back up.

An Introduction to Dive Photojournalism with INON UK

After the main event, Steve will be giving a free additional talk on how to get started in dive photojournalism. INON Uk partners Lisa Collins and Steve have worked extensively in dive and non–diving media, from scuba magazines to newspapers to books and TV.

Based on their extensive combined experience, Steve is going to explain that the field of dive photojournalism is open to anyone with a basic compact camera system (it’s all some dive magazine editors own) and a bit of imagination and some of the insider intel this talk will provide.

Steve will be discussing what features magazines want, how to find your niche, constructing a photo story, writing styles, picture requirements and collaborating with other writers and photographers.

Venue: Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel.

No Spaces: 40

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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

Marine Life & Conservation

UK Shark Fin ban moves closer to becoming law



Bite-Back Shark & Marine Conservation’s relentless campaigns to make Britain shark fin-free reached a new milestone last week when a private member’s bill to ban the import and export of shark fins was voted through parliament with unanimous cross-party support.

The bill is now scheduled for three readings in the House of Lords and, if successful, it will then go to King Charles for Royal Ascent and become law.

Campaign director for Bite-Back, Graham Buckingham, said:

“Our goal of ending Britain’s ties with the global shark fin trade is within our reach. This country has a dark history of exporting around 20 tonnes of shark fins every year and it remains legal to bring up to 20kg of dried shark fins through Customs without needing to declare it. This bill could represent a significant blow to the multi-million-pound shark fin industry. It’s now down to the House of Lords to smooth its path to the palace.”

Since July 2022 the charity has been consulting the Labour MP Christina Rees who put forward the private member’s bill after the government failed to bring its Animal Welfare Bill, that promised to ban the import and export of shark fins, into law last year.

To help improve support for the bill, Bite-Back also created a briefing document on the issues for all MPs to reference. During the bill’s final reading in the House of Commons MPs from different parties wholeheartedly endorsed the ban on the import and export of shark fins.

In her closing statement Christina Rees MP said that she hoped this bill would ‘drive up the standards of global shark conservation’.

Bite-Back will now turn its attention to educating and inspiring members of the House of Lords to vote in favour of a ban.

Follow the bill’s progress at and learn how you can get involved in supporting shark conservation initiatives in the UK.

Header image: Finned sharks underwater- Copyright – Scubazoo.

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Dive Travel Adventures Winter 2023 out now!



Join us on some of the most spectacular and exciting Dive Travel Adventures worldwide!

The latest issue of Scubaverse’s printed premium quality, quarterly publication, Dive Travel Adventures, is available now. After an extended hiatus due to world events, we’re delighted to be back bigger and better than ever before as we share with you the Winter 2023 edition.

Packed full of incredible photography and first person travel experiences, Dive Travel Adventures will inspire you to put on your scuba gear and explore more of the underwater world. From amazing marine encounters to edge of your seat expeditions across the planet, Dive Travel Adventures offers you an insight into the hottest and coolest dive travel destinations the world has to offer. Get ready to tick some incredible Dive Travel Adventures off your wish list!

In the new Winter 2023 edition of Dive Travel Adventures:

Nick and Caroline’s long-held dreams of epic Tiger Shark encounters come to fruition on their return trip to Grand Bahama.

Black Manta Photography take a trip to Mexico’s Caribbean coast for a twin centre holiday that showcases the incredible underwater diversity of Cozumel and Playacar.

Into the Blue: Hovering around the dramatically beautiful mid-Atlantic archipelago with Daniel Brinckmann.

Yo-Han Cha takes a short flight to the Canary Island of Fuerteventura for a week of relaxed diving and some winter sun.

Lundy Island offers an off the beaten track experience along with fantastic scenery above and below the waterline. Jane Morgan explores.

Nick and Caroline take advantage of the international travel hiatus to seek out some underwater highlights a little closer to home.

Jay Clue heads to Palau to discover what makes this spectacular Pacific archipelago one of the most diverse dive destinations on our planet.

Sean Chinn returns to Aqaba for the scuttling of a Lockheed L-1011 Tristar Plane.

After many a difficult time with suspended flights and then the COVID pandemic, Sharm el Sheikh is firmly back on the map for UK divers. Nick and Caroline head out to see what’s new.

View or download a digital copy of the WINTER 2023 edition of Dive Travel Adventures HERE.

Want a printed copy? The printed edition of Dive Travel Adventures is available to pick up FREE from dive centres throughout the UK and Ireland now, so make sure you pick up your copy today. See a complete list of stockists HERE.

New outlets where you can pick up Dive Travel Adventures are being added to the list all the time. In addition to being available from dive centres, copies will also be delivered to your door with selected orders from leading manufacturers and retailers. You can also pick up your FREE copy of Dive Travel Adventures at various dive shows and events.

We hope you enjoy reading the latest edition of Dive Travel Adventures! Let us know your thoughts on our new publication in the comments below!

Keep up to date with all things #DTA on our Dive Travel Adventures Facebook page and on Instagram.

Look out for the Spring 2023 edition of Dive Travel Adventures coming soon!

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