Scuba Diving

Scuba Diving

September/October 2020

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8 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
don’t judge

Each year, a small group of staff members pares thousands of entries to about 25 in each category for final judging. Most years that is a raucous affair, with more than a dozen staff and guest judges, pizza, beer and a fair amount of trash talk, as judges bicker, banter and attempt to persuade others to vote their way. This year was a quieter, Zoom-driven affair, but that intensity of feeling was not lessened. Below are a few of the most staunchly defended entries; while not all were chosen for the final cut, they all are winners in our book. EDITOR-IN-CHIEF MARY FRANCES EMMONS joined Sport Diver in 2009 and Scuba Diving in 2012, serving as features, senior and deputy editor. A diver since 2006, she was named editor-in-chief in 2018. Dennis Whitestone,…

2 min.
go big by going small

The most amazing, beautiful and inspiring nature images are, in my admittedly biased opinion, shot underwater. Whale sharks dwarfing divers; shimmering spheres of Pacific barracuda in gin-clear ocean; kaleidoscopic coral walls teeming with billions of baitfish; and similar jaw-dropping photos have almost become routine (this issue of Scuba Diving is full of them), yet somehow, they still bowl us over. But many of the best pictures are the extreme opposite of those expansive examples. Flip through previous issues—more than a few covers and lead photos are macro close-ups—classic clownfish and anemone, sea dragons, intimate fish portraits and the like. If you have yet to try it, you might want to experiment with shooting macro for at least three reasons. First, such images are vital in our roles as PADI Torchbearers advocating for…

1 min.

HONORABLE MENTION “A proposed network of MPAs would be a quarantine for some of the most vulnerable members of our planet.”SEA HERO JOHN WELLER PAGE 16 “THE FIGHTERS” While most of our photo contest judges took this to be a courtship behavior, Franco Tulli’s title tells us otherwise. “Pseudanthias are mainly composed of females and non-territorial males, but at certain times of the year it is possible to see other males fight for territory and defense of their harems,” Tulli explains.…

5 min.
john weller

“I am a storyteller,” John Weller, 46, says modestly of his award-winning work. “I try to use storytelling to illuminate important issues.” One area in particular has dominated Weller’s life for close to two decades: Antarctica’s Ross Sea, Earth’s last intact ocean habitat. Working with organizations in more than two dozen countries, his photographs of the Ross Sea and his international initiative The Last Ocean became the face of Antarctic conservation, reaching hundreds of millions of viewers worldwide and helping drive the adoption of the world’s largest marine protected area, covering 600,000 square miles. “I wish I could give you the experience of being in that room when this happened,” Weller told an audience in his hometown of Boulder, Colorado, earlier this year. “Nations were literally hugging other nations. In…

6 min.
do no harm

HONORABLE MENTION Underwater photography is a powerful conservation tool, reminding people on the surface that there is incredible life worthy of protection below. Before any diver brings a camera underwater, however, they should learn a few critical skills to ensure their actions have a minimal impact on marine life. Keeping these guidelines in mind will not only keep you from doing harm but allow you to become a more adept photographer. STAY NEUTRAL Daniel Geary, a marine biologist and frogfish expert who is also a dive instructor, says the best thing any underwater photographer can do is master their buoyancy. “I have seen many divers empty their BCDs, including professionals, so they can lie on the ground and stabilize, but this isn’t how we should be photographing underwater,” Geary says. He recommends learning to…

2 min.
three new action cameras

SEALIFE REEFMASTER RM-4K PRICE $299 CONTACT sealife-cameras.com The pocket-size ReefMaster RM-4K is as compact as any action camera on the market, but its ergonomic design makes it as easy to shoot hand-held as it is to mount on a tray. Capable of capturing 4K/30 fps and 1080p/60 fps video, as well as 14-megapixel images, this camera was designed with user experience in mind, from the 2-inch LCD color display and intuitive four-button operation to the pressure-lock thumbscrew and color-changing “moisture-muncher” desiccant packs. Two built-in underwater modes help capture realistic color at depth. The camera has a wide-angle fisheye lens and can be outfitted with optional macro wet lenses. The ReefMaster RM-4K is depth-rated to 130 feet inside its included housing. GOPRO HERO8 BLACK PRICE $399.99 CONTACT gopro.com The Hero8 Black shoots crisp, clear 4K/60 fps and super-slow-motion…