SCUBA News - January 2024
Welcome to the first issue of 2024. A hope you had a Happy New Year.
What's new at SCUBA Travel?
Aquamarine Diving Bali
Swimming monkey wins world's largest underwater photo contest
9 Fantastic Liveaboard Deals: Save up to 891 Euro
Diving news from around the World
Thailand has very clear waters and some world class diving. The Thai people are friendly and welcoming, and the food is fantastic. What's not to like?
Our guide to identifying the marine life you'll see in the Red Sea
Freedive with orcas, explore awe-inspiring shipwrecks or even go ice diving.
We bring you news of some fantastic dive boat deals in 2024, specially selected for us by Divebooker.com, the liveaboard specialists. Including 7, 10 and 14` night trips.
A rare and fascinating portrait of a Crab-Eating Macaque resolutely swimming through the ocean, captured by Suliman Alatiqi, tops this year's Ocean Art underwater photography contest. The photo is a result of weeks of planning and documentation, and it represents the zeal and commitment needed to capture the world's best underwater image.
Although the AI revolution has quickly changed the global photographic landscape, this year's winners are a testament to humanity's creative perseverance over machine.
In order to address generative AI concerns, the competition organisers -the Underwater Photography Guide " this year added two new categories: Underwater Fashion and Underwater Digital Art. These allowed for free reign in editing.
Both professional and amateur photographers were catered for, with three compact camera categories: compact wide angle, compact macro and compact behaviour.
Ocean Art 2023 judges included famous underwater photographers Tony Wu, Mark Strickland and Marty Snyderman. After judging the competition, they all advised future competing photographers not to over-process their shots. Marty Snyderman commented “Some very well composed and otherwise technically solid captures had to be eliminated as the post-processing appeared to be too heavy-handed. Colours in those images were "punched up" with vibrance or saturation to the point that subjects or scenes suffered in our view. The same sort of heavy-handedness was evident with the use of sharpening, contrast and clarity tools.“
No such problems with this striking image of Whitetip reef sharks at Roca Partida, Mexico. Again taken by Suliman Alatiqi.
Ocean Art 2023 awarded $120,000 worth of prizes! From liveaboard trips to dive resort stays to underwater camera equipment and gift vouchers. Each photographer got to choose their own prize. The judges evaluated thousands of entries from over 90 countries before selecting the final winning set of images.
The photos are truly inspiring, especially those that show what can be done with a compact camera. Why don't you give it a go next year? Or perhaps you entered this year? Let us know.
See all the stunning winning photographs at https://news.scubatravel.co.uk/
Mastering Meal Timing for Enhanced Diving Comfort
Turkey sees 90% decline in shark population in past half century
Really a sad day as Norway votes to allow deep-sea mining in Arctic waters
Protecting coral nurseries as important as safeguarding established coral reefs
Can foreign coral save a dying reef? Radical idea sparks debate
As the world swims in plastic, some offer an answer: Ban the toxic two
Grey seal boom in UK thanks to hunting ban, volunteers and fish
Sperm whales live in clans like early humans
SSI Launches Underwater Explorers Worldwide Facebook Group to Unite Divers Worldwide
50% off diving Truk Lagoon in Jan and Feb
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