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Free in February! The ebook Polynesia ~ An Ocean Realm by Pete Atkinson available for download from this Dropbox link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/g8jkf4yz82jyqep/Polynesia - An Ocean Realm EBOOK.pdf?dl=0&fbclid=IwAR0eu0D-3r7t7ZM9pNxVlN35WZWhE6n0VHo5EhJiOjhkctcltYzl5bpeJgY Inspired by the underwater explorer Jacques Cousteau, Pete Atkinson bought an old yacht on the south coast of England in 1982 and sailed to the South Pacific. He had no experience, relevant qualifications, life-raft, radio, GPS (or insurance) but he says, "I had read a lot of books and I had a plastic sextant I had bought at a jumble sale..." He also had a degree in marine zoology. For 20 years he sailed 45000 miles all over the South Pacific having the life of which he had dreamed, diving with whales and sometimes too many sharks. He found adventure above and below the sea aboard a beautiful, but somewhat marginal, wooden yacht! Escaping the rat race is the dream of many, but few achieve it. This book shows that with passion and determination anything is possible, even on a limited budget. Pete made ends meet by shooting pictures underwater - using home-made acrylic camera housings - and writing articles for diving and sailing magazines. The twelve chapters cover French Polynesia, the Cook Islands, Kiribati, Tonga and Pete's favourite, remote Beveridge Reef, where there is no land at all. But it has what he loves most, exceptionally clear water and lots of sharks! Two appendices look at the Moody-built cutter Eila and underwater photography. This is a book not only for those interested in adventure in the ocean, Polynesian life, marine biology, sailing and diving but also those who aspire to escape a humdrum life and become a pirate! About Pete Atkinson. Award-winning Getty Images photographer Pete Atkinson studied marine zoology at Bangor University in North Wales where he learned to dive. His articles have appeared in Cruising World, Classic Boat, Tauchen, Diver, Sportdiver, Dive New Zealand etc and his photos have won many awards, including the Innovation Award at the the 2004 Wildlife Photographer of the Year and the award for "Best British Underwater Photographer" in 1999 and 2001. He now lives in Phuket, Thailand with his wife, photographer Darin Limsuansub.
Please dive with us at the Evolution Photoganza 2013, September 13th-18th, Malapascua, Cebu, Philippines! Join one of the Philippines top rated dive resorts for an incredible Photography and Marine Biology Workshop in September 2013. Evolution is one of the most respected and professional dive resorts in the Philippines. This September we are offering you the chance to hone and perfect your photography skills whilst learning about the incredible marine life of Malapascua with underwater photographer and Biologist Dr. Klaus M. Stiefel. Whether you’re an amateur happy snapper or a serious photo hobbyist, this workshop will prioritize your needs. Photographers can expect small groups, and a customised dive schedule to maximise both wide angle and macro opportunities on Malapascua. And everything will be done at a photographer’s pace! Lectures and presentations on local fauna will supplement the experience. Learn about the behaviour of the famous Alopias pelagicus or Thresher Shark, uniquely found at diving depths in Malapascua. Dr. Stiefel will also draw heavily on his experience in Malapascua to teach participants about the dynamics of commensal, parasitic and symbiotic behaviour that allows prepared photographers get the shot of a life time. The cost for this Photography and Marine Biology Workshop is only 26 000 Philippine Pesos (605 A$, 635 US$ as of December 12th, 2012). This includes twin share in a beach-side fan room, all meals in our famous restaurant, 12 guided specialty photo dives to Malapascua’s top dive sites, return transfers from Cebu (pick up is 12:00 noon, September 13th and participants will be returned to Cebu at 12:00 noon, September 18th) and daily lectures and presentations on underwater photography and marine biology by biologist and underwater photographer Dr. Klaus M. Stiefel. To book, simply contact Evolution and pay a 30% deposit before March 31st 2013. Book before Jan 31st, 2013, and get two large prints to use for your best Photoganza shots for free! Contact David Joyce firstname.lastname@example.org for bookings & diving operations related questions, Margaret Hudspeth Margaret.Hudspeth@shiretravel.com.au for bookings in Australia of an attractive package including flights, and Dr. Klaus M. Stiefel email@example.com for program inquiries. More detailed info is here.