Issue # 19: Dreaming of the ocean
Discover the last great coral reef destination to explore, find out how to take dynamic motion blur images, go on a diving adventure in Pakistan and revel in the colour of the carnival in Tobago. Order your copy now or subscribe for a year from just £9.99
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If you fear Raja Ampat is becoming too crowded. there is a destination even further off the beaten track in West Papua which Douglas David Seifert reports is possibly the ‘Last Best Place’ on Earth for diving. Marvel at the staggering marine life in Triton Bay which only a handful of liveaboards ever visit and has only one six-room resort.
Advances in camera technology mean that technique is sometimes lost among a catalogue of automatic filters and post-production tweaking, but there are master crafters who prefer to advance their art through innovative use of equipment rather than computer software. Nick More reveals some of the tricks he uses to bring life to still images through the use of motion blur.
Pakistan’s small dive community is fiercely passionate about ocean conservation, and a local conservation group is working with fishing communities around Karachi to rid the local waters of ghost gear. Dive instructor and film-maker Nadia Aswani visited her former home town with photographer Alfred Minnaar to check out the local diving scene, and found much more than she expected.
Imagining the island of Tobago conjures up images of vibrant colour, an energetic carnival atmosphere and elaborately costumed residents. Francesca Page visits and finds that it is indeed exactly like that, both above and below the surface – and the perfect inspiration for her colourful artwork.
The Bahamas has a reputation for shark diving, and shark-diving doesn’t always have the best reputation. Alex Kydd visits and experiences a shark dive like he’s never seen before, and finds that far from being exploitative, it has done more to benefit the local shark populations than in other places where rules are less stringently enforced. It also presents an opportunity for some of the most majestic shark photography, which Alex expertly provides.
For our second Big Shot photo competition in partnership with Aggressor Adventures, we asked entrants to submit their best photographs of underwater Egypt for the chance to be published in our print magazine and win a liveaboard trip to Palau. Check out the winning entries from the hundreds that were submitted – which do not include the stock photograph above – exclusively in our Summer 2020 print issue, and preview the next Big Shot competition which will feature in the Autumn print magazine, with the chance for one lucky photographer to win a liveaboard trip to the Philippines.