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About doug.deep

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  1. Thanks, Brian. I thought this one might flush you out
  2. Can anyone help with an ID on this moray eel found at 10m at Gapang Beach, Pulau Weh (Andaman Sea). Thanks!
  3. This the response I've given to the organisers about the rules: I believe the rules are a little harsh on the following points: 1.Whether or a diver has dive/evacuation insurance is the business of the individual diver, not the contest organisers. I would say the same about insisting on whistles and safety sausages. If the organisers are concerned about safety sausages, they should supply them to the buddies - if they do that, there will be no real need for photographers carry them. I have dived overseas in many places and have never been asked whether or not I have insurance or specific safety devices like safety sausage and whistle. I don't see why it should be any different for the contest. 2. The red and yellow card business seems a little silly and officious. I think the organisers simply need to state that the organisers reserve the right to disqualify divers who break the rules. 3. It is unreasonable to expect divers to show an up-to-date medical certificate. Once again, this is something that dive operators worldwide never insist on, and there is no reason to make a special case for a competition. I certainly will not be making a special trip to the doctor to get an up-to-date certificate. I applaud the conservation rules, they are spot-on. Cheers, Doug
  4. Hi all, The organisers of the contest are concerned that the rules they've specified may be a little harsh - I'm inclined to agree. The rules can be viewed here: http://www.underwatertimorleste.com/rules.html Please take a look, and if you think they need to be changed you can provide feedback on this forum, or to Wayne Lovell at this email address: wayneandann@hotmail.com Cheers, Doug
  5. There are still a few places left in the Timor-Leste Dive Photo Contest. East Timor is a very poor nation with a tragic recent history. It needs to establish a tourist industry to get back on its feet, and this competition is an important part of creating awareness and interest in East Timor as a dive destination. There are five categories in the competition. The prizes for each category are: Ist Place: $US2500, 2nd Place $US1000, 3rd Place $US500. In addition, there will be 5 Honourable Mention prizes awarded, each receiving $US500. As previously mentioned, photographers who have had work published and/or won or placed in a competition, will have their airfares and accomodation subsidised. I was in East Timor last year. It is a fascinating place to visit and the diving is excellent. For more information and registration: http://www.underwatertimorleste.com/contest.html
  6. The Timor-Leste Dive Photo Comp will be happening in Mid-October. Photographers who have had their work published, or who have previously placed in a photo competition, will have their airfares and all other costs subsidised - if accepted. Entry is by invitation. 30 places are still available. For further information and application details: http://www.underwatertimorleste.com/
  7. Your dead right there, Dave. James's work is classic wildlife photography, which is what I like about it too.
  8. Beautiful shots! Love the last manta.
  9. Here's a few more from Sydney NSW, home of the handsomest weedies
  10. Jim, Good on you for posting this. Your honesty about your diving behaviour - and your concern about the consequences of your behaviour - are highly admirable. Your post makes me wonder just how much thought divers generally give to the consequences of their actions, and the extent to which they may try to minimise the harm they cause... The biggest threat by far to the marine environment is global warming. And yet I wonder how many divers pause to consider how much their diving activities contribute to this problem. Jetting halfway around the world to spend a couple of weeks aboard a diesel-powered liveaboard is an activity that has a huge ecological footprint, and that's before you even begin to think about the diving and photographic equipment involved. Obviously not every diver is so extravagant, but whichever way you look at it, recreational diving and u/w photography are prime examples of the kinds of consumer activities, pursued by a priveleged minority, that continue to drive global warming and its consequences. Every one of us that enjoys and loves our fragile marine environment should acknowledge and take responsibility for the consequences of our diving lifestyle. Taking care not to do direct harm to the marine habitats we visit is clearly important, but other less direct means of harm minimisation need also be considered - calculating the carbon footprint of our diving activities and balancing our ecological account by purchasing carbon offsets may be a good place to start. Doug
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