Trip to the Philippine

Ocean Optics^& Mavericks Diving Ltd, irahers Fields, Burnt Mills Industrial Estate,

Sallldon, Essex SSI 3 I DL Tel: 01268 523786 ■ ^ * .1

www.oceanoptics.co.uk

2 weeks - £2499.00 incl flights

(1 week Puerto Galera, 1 week Dumaguete)

Maria Munn Photo Trip

Nuweiba

22nd June 2009

Come and join me for a fabulous week at the spectacular resort of the Coral Hilton Beach in Nuweiba, Egypt with Emperor Divers where you can really hone those underwater photographic skills to perfection.

Whether beginner or advanced this really is the most spectacular location to practice both wide angle and macro photography on the beautiful house reef in front of the hotel. Dawn dives and night dives are an absolute must for gorgeous shots of Nuweiba's beautiful pier as well as its' resident lionfish.

One of my guests, David Kittos, has already been featured in Sport Diver for his beautiful photo of a lionfish taken on the house reef and I've just won my first Underwater Photography Medal for a photograph taken at Nuweiba's gorgeous pier.

Photos are reviewed between dives or underwater and there are numerous chances to repeat photographing the same subjects. These include Spanish Dancers, Lionfish, Sea Moths, Stargazers, Big Eyes, Fish Schools around the pier,octopus, moray and peppered eels, the chance of seeing turtles,

gorgeous coral formations and lots of gorgeous anemonefish.

Personal dives, presentations, photoshop evenings as well as a good old round of Championship Crazy Golf for an Ocean Visions Trophy are just the beginning of what this week awaits you at Emperor Diver's friendly and professional Dive Centre in Nuweiba. The Dive Centre Team are very good friends of mine and a warm welcome and the personal touch are guaranteed for a fantastic week of diving.

www.oceanvisions.co.uk

Every January a panel of judges select the best images entered in our online photo contest from the previous year. Gold, silver, and bronze medals are awarded for the top three from each category in order of merit.

The judges comprise of industry professionals, previous year's World Champions, our site moderators -anyone we can rope in!

Michel only joined the contest at the end of March 2008 but managed 179 entries to the photo contest in that time!

The quantity is never as important as the quality, which has been of the highest standard in Michel's case. It is the mark of a great photographer that they don't just enter strong images - they never enter weak ones. In this respect his consistency alone made him stand out head and shoulders above the crowd.

One judge said "This year world champ has to be Michel Lonfat. His entries are to a high standard, the split level's are superb. I know he has only been in the comp for a short while but he seems always to come up with the goods.. "

The range of Michel's work is impressive, both cold and warm water, and all categories. Much of Michel's diving is done in his native Switzerland in the gin-clear, but cold, Verzasca River near Tessin. His warm water material is every bit as noteworthy. He has dived the Caribbean, Celebes sea, the Indian Ocean, Mediterranean, and Red Sea. He has entered something in ALL our categories with numerous 'hotshot' placings in our monthly contests.

www.underwaterphotography.com

www. underwaterphotography.com 2008/9 World Champion -

Michel Lonfat bL

Tony White Kima Bajo & Kungkungan Bay workshop

3rd - 15th July 2009

Tony White will be hosting an underwater photographic workshop in collaboration with Eco Divers, Manado.

Aimed at all levels of experience, it addresses the specific needs of each guest who will spend five days at Eco Divers' Kima Bajo Resort & Spa, just 15 minutes from the famous Bunaken Marine reserve. Here Tony will concentrate on all aspects of wide-angle photography before moving on to one of the world's top muck diving resorts, Eco Divers' Kungkungan Bay Resort. Perfectly situated in the Lembeh Strait, the group will again spend five days with the focus now on the many varied techniques involved in successful Macro photography.

The workshop is limited to eight guests to ensure full individual attention.

Success can be yours too! In September 08, David Henshaw took a Tony White workshop with the focused aim of achieving competition-winning photography. In less than two weeks his skills were honed and David has since won the BSOUP Beginners Portfolio and a winning first in the Portfolio category at the recent Australasia Scuba Diver Shoot Out held at Kungkungan Bay Resort.

www.eco-divers.com

"It is always a joy to return. Hard to improve on perfection!"

b^Hija Heather & Bud Sellick, USA, September 2007 (4th visit)

Kungkungan Bay Resort

Lembeh Strait, North Sulawesi, Indonesia

T. 62-431-817347, divekbr.com i(0-DIViii.(0HI

2009 Underwater Images Photo-Video Competition

April 1, 2009 is the deadline for entries in the 12th annual Underwater Images Photo/Video Competition. The Underwater Images competition is a non-profit corporation registered in the State of Ohio with all proceeds from this competition going to marine conservation, educational, and scholarship purposes..

Although based in Ohio, this competition is international and the prizes reflect an international flare. Included among the prizes is the Best of Show prize sponsored for the 12th year in a row by the MV FeBrina and Walindi Plantation in Papua New Guinea. First Prize awards also include dive trips to other resorts in Papua New Guinea, Honduras, the Solomon Islands, the Cayman Islands, Bonaire, Hawaii and Indonesia. In addition there are numerous awards of diving equipment and gift certificates from sponsors.

The major international charities that the Underwater Images Competition has supported for over a decade include Mahonia Na Dari and Pro Peninsula. At DEMA 2008 Roger Roth and Carol Kender presented a check for $4000 to Mahonia Na Dari. Max Benjamin accepted the check on behalf of the non-profit group.

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Mahonia Na Dari ("Guardians of the Sea") is a Nature Conservancy program, which has been working to protect Papua New Guinea's abundant biodiversity by teaching their own instructors and students the importance of sustainability of their own natural resources through hands-on experiences. Pro Peninsula is a conservation organization dedicated to empowering communities in Baja California, Mexico to protect and preserve their environment, with their main focuses being on a Sea Turtle Conservation Network which has gained international attention. Since 1998 Underwater Images has contributed significantly to each of these organizations. The third beneficiary for 2008 is DiveHeart, a not-for-profit organization that facilitates scuba training for physically challenged children and adults.

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