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Telegraph Events Launches Oceans Festival



Oceans Festival

New festival joins Outdoor Adventure & Camping Show, the London Bike Show and the Triathlon Show: London at ExCeL London

telegraphTelegraph Events has announced the launch of Oceans Festival. The new event will bring together both The London International Dive Show (LIDS) and WhaleFest – organiser of Incredible Oceans Live. For the first time ever, visitors will have the chance to enjoy the best of both experiences in one place.

Oceans Festival will be curated by Telegraph Events and will take place February 16-19 2017 at ExCeL London. It will feature special guest speakers – including biologists and dive experts – activities such as LIDS Try Dive Pool, and Incredible Oceans Live virtual reality experiences. Organisations from the scuba, travel and conservation worlds will also be exhibiting, presenting a fantastic opportunity for dive enthusiasts and families to get their hands on new gear and to find out more about exploring the world’s oceans.

Tickets to the event will be essential for all lovers of the great outdoors, as those visiting the Oceans Festival will also get access to the Outdoor Adventure & Camping Show, the London Bike Show and the Triathlon Show: London. All of these events will take place over February half-term and will be hosted at London’s ExCeL.

Steve Clark, Group Show Director at Telegraph Events, added:

“Telegraph Events is well known for launching and refreshing events that visitors love, and this exciting combination of the London International Dive Show and WhaleFest is no exception. We look forward to working closely with exhibitors and partners to build Oceans Festival into the annual celebration of our oceans.”

Nigel Eaton, MD of Dive Shows Ltd, added:

“Oceans Festival provides an exciting opportunity to grow the sport of diving in the UK. It brings an added educational aspect to the ever popular London International Dive Show, and gives visitors access to special guest experts and the opportunity to try diving.”

Ian Rowlands, Director of Whalefest, commented:

“We are very pleased to be working with Telegraph Events for a third year. Along with our sponsors and exhibitors, we’ll be educating visitors on our oceans, sharing the best whale watching destinations, and showcasing the coolest products that are created from recycled fishing gear and ocean plastics.”

Tickets to the Festival will be available in October. For more information and to register your interest in attending, visit

For exhibitor & sponsor enquiries contact:

Flora Lindsay | Partnerships Manager | | 020 7931 3936

Matt Lambert | Sales Manager | | 01743 606744


Searching for images to help Save Our Seas



The Marine Conservation Photographer of the Year competition, sponsored by The Save Our Seas Foundation (SOSF) and organised by the Underwater Photographer of the Year opens for entries on 1st November and closes on 7th January 2023. The conservation contest is free to enter and offers cash prizes for the first, second and third placed photographs.

The Marine Conservation Photographer of the Year is open to both above-water and underwater photographs. Photographs must highlight a marine conservation story or theme, with both positive and negative stories encouraged. Freshwater themed conservation images are also accepted.

Chair of the judges, underwater photographer and marine ecologist Dr Alex Mustard MBE said: “Powerful photographs are able to change hearts, minds and attitudes. Conservation imagery is especially important from the oceans, which faces many threats from our activities. However, these issues mostly happen unwitnessed, out of sight of land or beneath the surface. This contest gives these valuable images a huge public platform.”

Dr James Lea, CEO of the Save Our Seas Foundation, said: “Images have a profound capacity to affect how people view the world, and at SOSF we are all about encouraging positive change in how people view and interact with the marine environment. As such we are delighted to partner with the Marine Conservation Photographer of the Year award, which is uniquely placed to highlight issues our oceans are facing and inspire change”.

Previous editions of the contest have attracted entries from photographers around the world, keen to draw attention to conservation issues, campaigns and success stories important to them. The award was most recently won by Thein Nguyen Ngoc from Vietnam, with his aerial photograph “Big Appetite”. The photo shows boats straining the waters for anchovies in the Phu Yen province of his country.

“Salted anchovy is the most important raw material in traditional Vietnamese fish sauce. But these little fish are also a keystone of a natural ecosystem. Despite increased fishing, the catches of anchovies have decreased by 20-30% in the past 10 years. When they are overfished, the whales, tunas, sea birds and other marine predators face starvation and critical population declines.” 

The Marine Conservation Photographer of the Year, part of UPY is an annual competition, that traces its roots back to 1965. The Marine Conservation photographer of the Year is free to enter at

The Save Our Seas Foundation has been dedicated to protecting life in our oceans, especially sharks and rays, for 19 years. They have funded around 425 projects in over 85 countries, supporting passionate and innovative researchers, conservationists and educators.

Each project strives for deeper understanding and more innovative solutions in marine research, conservation and education.

Header Image: Thein Nguyen Ngoc

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Scubaverse UWP Winners Gallery: Sofia Tenggrono



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 September winner was Sofia Tenggrono.

What equipment do you use?

I work with Olympus TG-6 camera, Nauticam CMC-1, 2 Inon S-2000, minigear snoot dive torch

Where can our readers see more of your work?

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.

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