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The UnderBathWater Photographer of the Year is back!

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Fourth Element’s famous (or should that be infamous?!) UnderBathWater Photography Competition is back.

This year, they’ve partnered with Paralenz and Nauticam UK, and have widened the entries to include 5 different photography categories. Bathtime just got serious.

The categories cover:

  • Indoor Animal Behaviour
  • Self (isolation) Portrait
  • Lockdown Lego
  • Positive/Negative (black & white)
  • Zoom in (macro)
There is £1000 worth of fourth element gear up for grabs, plus a Nauticam Super Macro Converter 1 for the overall Professional winner, and a Paralenz Vaquita camera for the overall Amateur winner.

Last years winner Mikko Paasi

All you need to do is take your best shot underwater in your bath, sink, bucket or paddling pool. The Instagram-based competition runs until 28th February and a set of “professional-ish” judges will decide the winners.

Take the plunge at fourthelement.com/ubwpoty

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 www.frogfishphotography.com

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DAN’s new travel insurance has you covered

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As we look beyond the pandemic to the spring and summer ahead, many of us are eager to get out and see the world. If you’re planning to hit the road in 2021, don’t leave home without insurance.

For 40 years, DAN has protected divers against the risks associated with dive injuries. With this experience they have gained an intimate understanding of what can and does go wrong — for travelers as well as divers. Available to U.S. residents, DAN’s new travel insurance plans offer coverage for events including trip cancellations, missed connections, illnesses and injuries, baggage delays — and even qualifying COVID-19-related cancellations and interruptions.

With optional cancel-for-any-reason coverage, these plans are ideal for any kind of travel, from family road trips to long international stays, and can be purchased to cover a singular adventure or an entire year of travel. From delays to emergencies to lost dive gear, the events covered by these plans have been customized to meet divers’ needs and today’s changing circumstances.

If you’re looking forward to a change of scenery in 2021, DAN has you covered.

To find out more, visit the DAN website here.

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Emperor Divers’ recognises the first Covid Diver Hero to win a liveaboard trip

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Earlier in February, Emperor Divers launched the Covid Diver Heroes initiative, where they aim to recognise eight people who have stepped up in the pandemic with free liveaboard trips in the Maldives and the Red Sea.

Here, they share the story of their first hero, nominated by Dave Walker:

I’d like to nominate, Deborah Braham, a friend I made on a diving trip to Tobago.

Deborah is an NHS anaesthetist and early on when PPE was in short supply, she just went on WhatsApp and organised visors and more directly for her hospital. Deborah just made it happen.

Deborah married another diver not long after we met. With her in the UK and us in Switzerland, we haven’t managed to meet up since she had children. Whatever, in Yorkshire speak, she’s a “lovely lass” who definitely deserves a good holiday.

The BBC covered the story of The Visor Army she created:

A doctor who urged volunteers to make visors for NHS staff due to a shortage at her hospital says she is “overwhelmed” by the response.

Without (visors), doctors and nurses are at high risk of being contaminated by aerosolised particles containing the virus during procedures such as intubation or when they are caring for patients on ventilators.

Home made visors

“Initially it was just people I knew who came on board, then it was people I didn’t know,” Dr Braham said. “Within a short time this whole thing had grown so big with so many people wanting to help.”

More than 75,000 face shields have been produced just weeks after Deborah Braham appealed for help on WhatsApp.

Emperor Divers say that there are in awe of the quality of the stories received so far, which number over 50! Dr. Braham was judged to be the deserving winner of a Red Sea liveaboard trip and they have been in contact with her to arrange that. There are still 3 Red Sea and 4 Maldives liveaboards to award to other heroes already nominated or yet to be nominated. Anyone who would like to nominate a Covid Diver Hero should visit here for the information: https://www.emperordivers.com/blog/2021/02/thank-your-covid-hero.html (terms & conditions apply)

Nominations, questions and enquiries to heroes@emperordivers.com

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Explore the amazing triangle of Red Sea Reefs - The Brothers, Daedalus and Elphinstone on board the brand new liveaboard Big Blue.  With an option to add on a week at Roots Red Sea before or after. 

Strong currents and deep blue water are the catalysts that bring the pelagic species flocking to these reefs. The reefs themselves provide exquisite homes for a multitude of marine life.  The wafting soft corals are adorned with thousands of colourful fish. The gorgonian fans and hard corals provide magnificent back drops, all being patrolled by the reef’s predatory species.

£1475 per person based on double occupancy.  Soft all inclusive board basis, buffet meals with snacks, tea and coffee always available.  Add a week on at Roots Red Sea Resort before or after the liveaboard for just £725pp.  Flights and transfers are included.  See our brochure linked above for the full itinerary.

This trip will be hosted by The Scuba Place.  Come Dive with Us!

Call 020 3515 9955 or email john@thescubaplace.co.uk

www.thescubaplace.co.uk

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