April 13, 2013

New underwater photo contest


Subsurface 2013 Annual Photo Contest

The divingiscool.com scuba diving magazine and its Hungarian partner site, divecenter.hu organize picture of the month contests since 2007 and shootout competitions since 2009. During the last few years the photographers sent us hundreds of images to the picture of the month contests and this traditional online contest is still going on with different subjects every month. There is a video snapshot contest since 2010 as well. We felt maybe we are able to organize a different kind of competition, an annual one with modified rules and valuable prizes. After a few months of work the two websites proudly announce a new international photo contest with 4200 USD in prizes for all underwater photographers.

There are 3 categories in the Subsurface 2013: Open Macro, Open Wide Angle and Compact. You can submit your photos until the 30 April 2013 deadline and the registration is free. The international jury decide the winners of the categories but there’ll be a public vote as well. Certainly all the submitted entries will be presented anonymously to the jury members and the voters. There are really valuable prizes for the winners: a liveaboard trip to Egypt, a week long stay and diving in Honduras and Croatia, dive packages to Malaysia, Bali, Thailand, Dahab and the Canary Islands. As we’re divers too we wanted to give dives as prizes and thanks to our sponsors we can.

There is no restriction in subject or location, and many of the basic image manipulations are allowed. The entrants can submit two photographs, they can add title and description, or if they change their minds, it’s possible to delete the old entry and submit a new photo until the deadline. Certainly first of all they have to finish the registration process which is easy and free. We recommend to check the rules and the FAQ, register and join the contest. Let’s see who will win in the first Subsurface Annual contest!

If you want to learn more about the Subsurface 2013 Annual Photo Contest, visit its official website:
www.divingiscool.com/Subsurface

February 27, 2013

Wreck treks: Giannis D

The Giannis D was a 99,5m long cargo vessel which was launched in 1969. Its original name was Shoyo Maru and it was built in Japan. It was re-named to Markos in 1975 and to Giannis D in 1980. Its final journey started in April 1983 from the port of Split in Croatia, the destination was Jeddah in Saudi Arabia and Yemen, the cargo was softwood. The trip was uneventful until the Gulf of Suez where the experienced captain went to his cabin for a little relaxation. A bit later the GIannis D hit the Shab Abu Nuhas at full speed and the crew abandoned the ship.

 The Shab Abu Nuhas is the final resting place of many ships. This coral plateau became a popular spot amongst wreck enthusiasts, while it's still dangerous for cargo vessels who pass by the Straits of Gobal. Nowadays the Giannis D is one of the often visited wrecks in the Northern Red Sea because it's easy to dive and the huge wreck is quite spectacular.

The article continued here.

December 16, 2012

Dolphin Attacks

There were two accidents during dolphin encounter programs recently, but the reasons unknown.

 According to the Orlando Sentinel, eight-year-old Jillian Thomas was feeding the dolphins at Dolphin Cove last week when the "marine mammal lunged toward her during the feeding and snapped his toothy snout around the 8-year-old's hand." The attack left four puncture wounds in the young girl's arm and was captured on video by the girl's parents.

The article with the video continued here.

October 15, 2012

The most remarkable shark movies

Nowadays many divers pay a lot of money for trips with guaranteed shark encounters. Proud photographers share their stunning close-ups of oceanic whitetips, great white sharks or hammerheads. The shark dive tourism is a highly lucrative global market, because all of us want to dive with sharks, and we are really sad to hear about the cruel shark finning practices. Many divers join online petitions and urge banning the shark fin trade. We do not want expensive shark fin soups but living sharks...

But the majority of the people around us haven't ever dived and whenever they hear our shark stories they ask: "Weren't you afraid?" We know the shark is the dangerous, there are several attacks every year but as a diver I don't really fear of them. Why the people do who haven't seen any in the sea?

The answer is simple: their "knowledge" based on Hollywood movies. The legend of killer sharks was known for ages, but most of the people faced the beast in 1975. There were movies about sea monsters in the past but the Jaws wasn't an ordinary thriller. The masterpiece of Steven Spielberg seemed really realistic. The cast did a great job, especially Bruce, the mechanical shark who terrorized a small island community. The screenwriter, Peter Benchley later began to feel responsible for the negative attitudes against sharks because the Jaws became a blockbuster and since then many people treat great white sharks as aggressive, evil man-eaters. The Jaws was followed by three sequels: their plots were similar to the original story but the movies weren't that successful. The classic Jaws is still much praised- 37 years and dozens of shark documentaries weren't enough to make great white sharks much more popular.

The article continued here with videos.

September 23, 2012

New website

With my friend we launched a new diving website: divingiscool.com
There'll be articles, photo and video contests, dive site directory and so on... Come and visit!

August 28, 2012

Back

Haven't posted for a while- I was lazy and I dived some. Whatever the reason I try to write a bit about my summer adventures.
First of all, we arrived back from our latest liveaboard trip in Egypt. We chose the northern route, we dived a lot in the 29 degrees warm water and we made a lot of photos. Here you can visit the shootout contest's gallery: DC-RSBH shootout contest 2012

June 28, 2012

Daily photo: shore diving in Pag island

This is one of my favorite spots in Croatia, the house reef of Blue Bay DC in Stara Novalja.