SCUBA News (ISSN 1476-8011)
Issue 270 - January 2023
Top ten list now updated - how many have you dived?
Isla Guadalupe is still open to divers, in spite of the Mexican government, but for how long? Why banning dive boats could be disastrous for the sharks.
The only place in the world where coral co-exists with kelp, plus Arabian humpback whales, sperm whales, manta rays and 1500 other species of fish.
From the sharks of the Bahamas to the Mantas at Richelieu Rock, plenty of world class sites are fantastic in February.
From the Red Sea to Raja Ampat, Maldives, Solomon Islands, Caribbean and the Galapagos. All fabulous diving destinations.
Note: The discounted price doesn't include any marine park or other permits and fees, or any applicable fuel surcharges. Any bookings made utilising these special offers are not eligible for flexible rescheduling
The Underwater Photography Guide have released the results of the world's largest underwater photo contest. The winning images showcase a new and exciting post-pandemic era for underwater photographers. The lifting of travel restrictions led to an unprecedented calibre of photos, including the best in show image featuring another teachable moment from an octopus. The photo, taken by Kat Zhou in Palm Beach, Florida, depicts the bittersweet final days between a mother octopus and her young before dying of old age.
The contest awarded the largest selection of prizes ever in an underwater photo competition, totalling over $100,000.
This year's competition debuted a new Mobile Phone category, with inspiring images captured by a tool that almost every ocean lover has in their pocket. The category aimed to inspiring new underwater photographers and explorers to tell their own stories.
Other winners were extraordinary extra-terrestrial blackwater scenes of pelagic creatures, images that brought hope and solutions for ocean conservation, imaginative photographic techniques and inspiring animal portraits. With 14 different categories, the competition ensured a competitive contest for all levels and disciplines of underwater photography. After evaluating thousands of entries from 96 countries, the judges selected the final set of images as the Ocean Art winners.
Ocean Art 2022 judges included prestigious underwater photographers Tony Wu, Mark Strickland,
and Marty Snyderman.
Prizes for Ocean Art 2022 are provided by some of the world's top scuba diving resorts, liveaboard dive boats and underwater photo gear manufacturers. Sponsors include M.Y. Oceanic, S.M.Y. Ondina, Eco Divers, Coralia, Dive Damai, Colombia Dive Adventures, Meridian Adventure, Avalon Outdoor, Carpe Diem Cruises, Papua Diving Resorts and Sea & Sea.
As the world resumes activities once considered normal, Ocean Art 2022 is a testament to the promise of novel photographic talent and innovation ahead. The competition was overseen by Nirupam Nigam, Editor-in-Chief of the Underwater Photography Guide and a partner in Bluewater Photo and Bluewater Travel. Nirupam commented, "The winners of Ocean Art 2022 surprised me. I expected an 'instagramable' moment to steal the show. Instead, each image is that of photographic excellence or poetic reflection of the natural world around us. These images will be seared in my mind of years to come."
You can see more winning photos here.
Strong marine protected areas credited with manta ray surge in Indonesia
Sharks received landmark protection to combat fin trade, but the culling must stop
Mexico dismantles illegal fishing cartels killing off rare vaquita porpoise
Warming oceans have decimated marine parasites - but that's not a good thing
Researchers create portal of weird and wonderful fish sounds
Award-winning actor discusses passion for Scuba Diving in exclusive interview
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