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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

Watch The Real Watergate from Live Ocean Foundation (Trailer)



Sailors Peter Burling and Blair Tuke established Live Ocean Foundation out of their deep concern for health of the ocean and the life in it. Through their sport they champion action for the ocean, taking this message to the world.

Many of the issues the ocean faces are out of sight, but the science is clear, the ocean is in crises from multiple stressors; climate change, pollution and over-fishing. We’re not moving fast enough, not even close.

Live Ocean Foundation supports exceptional marine scientists, innovators and communicators who play a vital role in the fight for a healthy future.

Thanks to generous core donors who cover their operating costs, 100% of public donations go directly towards the marine conservation projects they support.

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Marine Life & Conservation

World Oceans Day: Fourth Element and Love The Oceans join forces




Fourth Element, a leading provider of high-quality dive gear, and Love The Oceans, a non-profit organization dedicated to marine conservation, have announced their new partnership on World Oceans Day, June 8th, 2023. This collaboration represents a shared commitment to protecting our oceans and promoting sustainable practices within the diving community.

Love The Oceans is widely recognized for their exceptional work in marine conservation and their dedication to community development in Mozambique. The organization’s approach involves not only protecting marine wildlife and habitats but also empowering local communities to become guardians of their own environment.

Photo: Kaushiik Subramaniam

They place a strong emphasis on empowering women in the field of marine conservation. The team actively supports and encourages women to participate in their research programs, providing opportunities for training, leadership development, and career advancement, inspiring a new generation of female scientists and conservationists.

Love The Oceans seek out passionate individuals within local communities and provide them with training and resources. Fourth Element will then support these champions to become divers and ambassadors of the ocean, spreading awareness, implementing sustainable practices, and inspiring others to join the movement.

Photo: Mario Guilamba

“We are thrilled to embark on this partnership with Love The Oceans,” said Jim Standing, co-founder of Fourth Element. “Our shared commitment to sustainable practices and marine conservation makes this collaboration a natural fit. We believe that by joining forces, we can amplify our efforts to protect our oceans and inspire positive change within the diving community.”

Francesca Trotman, Founder and CEO of Love The Oceans, expressed her excitement about the collaboration, stating, “We’re thrilled to be working with Fourth Element, a brand that aligns with our values and ethos. This partnership will enable us to get more local community members scuba diving in Mozambique, monitoring our reef systems, and striving for better protection of our marine world. Working together, we’re conserving Mozambique’s coastline for generations to come.”

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