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There’s still time to enter BSAC’s Great British Diving Photography Competition



With over 19,000 page visits and 1,800 votes, the Great British Diving photography competition is causing quite the stir among British divers.

From Scapa Flow in Scotland, to Wast Water in the Lake District,  and to Porthkerris in Cornwall, British divers are really embracing Great British Diving with some incredible underwater and topside amateur photos.

There have even been some international entries… although sadly they can’t be counted this time. BSAC will be looking at holding an international photography competition in the future.

Can I still enter?

There is still time for you to submit your photos. Submissions close on 30th September 2016. Voting will close Friday 7th October. Click here to visit BSAC’s Facebook page and enter.

BSAC recommend getting your photos submitted as soon as possible so that you have lots of time to build up votes.

I’ve entered, how do I get more votes?

Share your photo submission on social media with your friends and family and ask them to vote for you (they will if they think you have captured the spirit of British diving!).

Inspire me!

Check out 5 Top Tips for Amateur Underwater Photography by Dave Martin

See entries by other divers at

Entries can be as simple as divers on the surface of the water with huge post-dive smiles, a fabulous wreck site or an exciting marine life encounter. It could be finally getting that perfect photo of a British critter or simply a group of divers out and about doing their thing.

Whatever your subject, it must be in the spirit of #GreatBritishDiving.

So how do I enter?

  • Post your picture on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook with the hashtag #GreatBritishDiving – the image will then automatically feed into the gallery on the BSAC Facebook page.
  • Or upload your photo by visiting the entry form on the BSAC Facebook page at


  • The winners will be chosen by the public.
  • All pictures with the hashtag #GreatBritishDiving feed into a gallery which then allows the public to vote on their favourite picture.
  • Voters must vote for the picture that embraces, and truly shows the spirit of Great British Diving.
  • There are two categories: Underwater and Topside. The winners will be those with the most votes from either category.

Prizes – for both categories, Underwater and Topside

1st place – £250 gift voucher for Simply Scuba

2nd place – £125 gift voucher for Simply Scuba

3rd place – 1 year free BSAC membership

Terms and Conditions

Click here to view the #GreatBritishDiving Photo Comp 2016 Terms and Conditions.

Marine Life & Conservation

Iceland issue millionaire whale hunter a licence to murder 128 vulnerable fin whales



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Just a few days ago, Iceland issued millionaire whale hunter Kristján Loftsson a licence to murder 128 vulnerable fin whales.

Fin whales are awe-inspiring — capable of communicating through song, feeling love, and experiencing deep emotional suffering. Loftsson often kills them pregnant, and a study found that these majestic giants can take up to 2 hours to die after being harpooned.

We can still stop this cruelty and protect the second largest mammal on earth – not just this season but for good – by helping change the law and making this Iceland’s last licence.

The Icelandic government is under pressure. The key minister admitted she doesn’t agree with whaling but says the law forced her to grant the licence. Brave lawmakers plan to try to repeal that law.

We can help, like we did before: Let’s make this a PR nightmare for the Icelandic government, and build a 2 million-strong call to put whalers like Kristján Loftsson out of business forever. Time is ticking – add your name and share with everyone you know!

Scientists discovered cells in whales’ brains that process complex emotions like romance and grief. These were thought to exist only in humans and great apes, but whales have up to three times more of them than humans!

Loftsson says he might not have enough time this season to organise the slaughter of these gentle giants.  But he’s not likely to stop. A few years ago, shocked visitors saw one of Loftsson’s ships floating in bloody water, hauling a carcass. “Just tell them to look somewhere else. They can just turn around and look the other way,” he said. Let’s show him that we won’t look away until whaling is gone for good.

Whaling season is open, Loftsson has a licence, and at any moment he could decide to go on a killing spree. So we need to move fast to stop the hunt – now and forever! Add your name and share everywhere – when we make it massive, Avaaz will deliver our call directly to the top decision-makers in Reykjavik!

You can sign the petition here.

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Murex Bangka Announce New Oceanfront Cottages & Beachfront Dining



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Located on a private, palm-fringed, white sand beach and surrounded by kaleidoscopic coral reefs that are bursting with colour and teeming with life, Murex Bangka Resort is a haven for scuba divers. A stay at Murex Bangka gives divers the opportunity to experience a virtually untouched, Indonesian tropical island paradise.

This stunning resort that harnesses solar power, is committed to sustainability and marine conservation – is now offering divers even more home comforts with the completion of its new Premium Oceanfront Cottages and a new restaurant offering exciting indoor and al fresco dining experiences.

NEW Premium Oceanfront Cottages

Murex Bangka Resort offers a duplex style and two detached Premium Oceanfront Cottages which are positioned close to the ocean and are just steps away from the beach.

These tastefully appointed and spacious air-conditioned rooms offer comfortable indoor living and large verandas with outdoor seating. Double and twin bed sleeping configurations are available and all Premium Oceanfront Cottages feature large ensuite bathrooms with twin basins.

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As well as the detached cottages, the duplex option offers two more individual premium living spaces. For families and groups of friends, the two adjoining duplex cottages and the shared adjoining common living room area may be opened up – making this an ideal and generously proportioned for option for families and groups who prefer to stay closer together.

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  • Large verandas with ceiling fans
  • Ensuite ocean view bathrooms with hot water rainfall showers
  • AC throughout the night
  • Minibar
  • Dressing table/desk area
  • Ample storage
  • King size or twin beds with mosquito nets
  • Complimentary drinking water
  • Floor to ceiling windows
  • Ample wall sockets for charging accessories
  • Comfortable indoor and outdoor seating
  • Shared common/living area (Duplex Cottages)

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New Beachfront Dining

After a day of diving, guests can now kick-back, relax and enjoy flavours from around the world in Murex Bangka’s new beachfront restaurant. As well as serving a la carte dishes from the inspiring menu, diners can enjoy both buffet and family-style offerings.

Dishes combine the freshest of local ingredients and include options for a range of dietary preferences and restrictions. Bangka’s new menu has been carefully curated with the assistance of an internationally renowned food and beverage consultant and there is a focus on combining traditional classics with more contemporary international plates.

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The new and impressive free standing main restaurant allows guests to dine just meters from the shore while enjoying beautiful beach and sea views. Three meals a day are on offer as well as an enticing selection of specialty coffees, teas, mocktails and cocktails. A wine menu is also available and a cold beer (or beverage of your choosing) makes for a perfect way to end the day while watching the sunset over the ocean.

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Book Your Stay

If you would like to find out more about Murex Bangka or to make a reservation, contact: or take a look at the Murex Resorts website:

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