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Why I love Photography

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I’ve had a love for wildlife since I was a child, which mainly stemmed from my love of sharks and the worlds oceans, and ever since I was a child I think I’ve always had a love for photography, but I never acted on it until I was in my early twenties.

I got my first underwater semi-professional setup on my first trip to the Maldives back in 2015 and I captured some images that I was truly proud of. This camera came with me to South Africa in 2017, it was on this trip where I realised that I wanted to be a Wildlife/Underwater Photographer and Cameraman. I loved being able to capture a moment, a feeling, and I loved the detail that a camera could capture, detail that people do not usually see.

After several years with my first camera, it finally was not able to do what I needed it to do, so I upgraded my setup with a lot of help from Nick & Caroline at Frogfish Photography. The new setup has really helped me learn, its many settings and capabilities allow you to truly develop and advance yourself as a photographer.

Photography and film for me is about being able to capture a moment and allow that moment to change people by taking them there, unfortunately not everyone is able to jet out to these amazing places and see these animals, but anyone is able see an image and instantly connect to it. It is this that fueled my passion when I was a child and even made me want to protect our planet, so if it can do it for me, it can definitely do it for someone else.

Photography and the media has also had a huge part to play in recent years, in terms of spreading awareness of our planet’s issues, such as plastic pollution and the disappearance of species such as rhinos, corals and the Florida Grasshopper Sparrow, who’s numbers are around 100 adult individuals worldwide.

Science and the media can play an imperative role, with science gathering the data and helping laws and legislation to be changed, and photography and the media conveying this message to the wider public, which as we have seen increases the pressure of change to take place.

If you love photography and care about Wildlife and you want others to care, then go out and take pictures, capture that moment for others to see and help further protect our natural world.

For more information about Blue Planet Aquarium please visit their website by clicking here.

Donovan is a Divemaster who currently works as a Shark Diver at Blue Planet Aquarium based in Ellesmere Port. Donovan’s passion lies with Elasmobranch’s (Sharks & Rays) and this passion has led him to work in South Africa with White Sharks for a short period. He also believes that education through exposure is the best way to re-educate people about Sharks. Follow Donovan at www.instagram.com/donovans_reefs

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The BiG Scuba Podcast… with Julianne Zielfle

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Ian and Gemma chat about what they have been up to and we hear from a caller on The BiG Scuba Bat Phone. Our guest is Julianne Zielfle. Julianne became a certified diver in 1985 and she is an award-winning speaker, photographer and media professional. She first appeared in dive magazines in the late 1980s when she met Stephen Frink. She worked on Cousteau’s Campaign on Rights of Future Generations in 1994. She co-chaired the Hans Hass Film Festival and was co-creator of the Dive Industry Awards Gala in 2000. She has been helping schools in the South Pacific since 1992 and teaches in her local school district. In 1999, she was recognized by D.A.N. with the Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Award.

You can follow Julianne Zielfle on Facebook here.


Find more podcast episodes and information at www.thebigscuba.com and on most social platforms @thebigscuba 

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Scubaverse UWP Winners Gallery: Raffaele Livornese

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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 January winner was Raffaele Livornese and you can see his winning image at the top of this page.


What do you love about diving & underwater photography?

I love the sensation of liberty when I’m diving and love so much uw photography because it permits me to report to all the people what they normally are unable to see. Often I love the interaction with some animals I’m shooting, they looks at me curiously, it seems they are trying to understand what I’m doing.

Where do you dive?

I dive normally in Italy on Sunday or when I’m free from work, but 2 times a year I travel with my wife, 1 time for macro photography and 1 time for wide-angle photography, so we look for the best destinations like Philippines, Indonesia and Baja California.

What equipment do you use?

I use a Nikon D850 full frame camera with a Hugyfot housing, Nikkor 60mm and 105mm macro lens, Sigma 15mm fisheye lens and a Nikkor 16-35 wide angle zoom lens. For the light I have 2 Inon Z330 strobes and an Orcatorch D910V focus light.

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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