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The Epic Journey of Recycled Marine Plastic

Ocean Conservation

 

The Epic Journey of Recycled Marine Plastic

Speakers:
*Ocean Hero*
Rob Thompson [UK] Conservationist and Social Entrepreneur
Swietenia Puspa Lestari [Indonesia] Executive Director of Divers Clean Action
Mathilda D’Silva [Singapore] Founder of Ocean Purpose Project

 

Rob Thompson spent his childhood playing in the ocean. At the age of 3, he had his first glimpse under the surface of the ocean and instantly became hooked on the underwater world. However, his plastic Odyssey started properly in 2014 by pulling together a group of divers to clean up a cove in Cornwall. Thousands of pieces of plastic were recovered and we continued by setting up a charity to recover underwater ocean plastic. The challenges we faced were accessing coves, recycling recovered plastic, funding and preventing plastic from getting in the sea.
Rob believes part of the plastic problem is our lack of resourcefulness, and the thought that the plastic we recovered was ending up in landfills troubled me. Odyssey Innovation was established to pioneer the circular economy by converting plastic from beach cleans and end-of-life nets from fishing communities into products. Our first were kayaks, these are used in our ‘Paddle for Plastic’ campaign to support communities to collect plastic waste from otherwise inaccessible coves and waterways.
Our work is only possible through collaboration and through these we continue to capture people’s imaginations and change views about marine plastic “from waste to resource”.

A to Z Human Factors & Diving

A to Z
Human Factors & Diving


Speaker:

Gareth Lock [UK] Founder and Director of The Human Diver, OE Technical and JJ CCR Diver

Gareth has been involved in high-risk work since he left school in 1989. He spent 25 years in the RAF in a variety of front-line operational, research and development and systems engineering roles which has given him a unique perspective. In 2005 he started his dive training with GUE and is now an advanced trimix diver (Tech 2) and JJ-CCR Normoxic trimix diver. In 2016 he formed The Human Diver with the goal of bringing his operational, human factors and systems thinking to dive safety. Since then he has trained more than 350 people face-to-face around the globe, taught nearly 2000 people via online programmes, sold more than 4000 copies of his book Under Pressure: Diving Deeper with Human Factors, and produced ‘If Only…’ a documentary about a fatal dive told through the lens of Human Factors and a Just Culture. His goal, bring human factors practice and knowledge into the diving community to improve safety, performance and enjoyment.

Why I Love Gobies & You Should Too!

Why I Love Gobies & You Should Too!

Speaker:

Dr Klaus Stiefel [Austria / Philippines] Adjunct Professor, Researcher, Professional Underwater Photographer and Videographer, Technical Diving Instructor, Scientific Author

Creative Underwater Photography with a Compact Camera

Creative Underwater Photography with a Compact Camera

 

Speaker:

Enrico Somogyi [Germany] Professional Underwater Photography

In Conversation with David Strike: The Lust for Rust with Pete Mesley

In Conversation with David Strike: The Lust for Rust with Pete Mesley

Speaker:

Pete Mesley [New Zealand] Underwater Photographer, Technical Diver and Instructor, Member of the Explorers Club of New York

Moderator:

David Strike [Australia] ADEX Ambassador for Technical Diving, Pioneer & Fellow of The Explorers Club

Pixel 101: Conversation with the Masters of Underwater Photography with Alex Mustard

Pixel 101:

20:20 Vision

 

Speaker:

Alex Mustard [United Kingdom]

Professional Underwater Photographer

 

Moderator:

Adam Hanlon [United Kingdom]

Publisher & Editor-at-Large, Wetpixel



Alex Mustard is an underwater photographer and marine biologist. He took his first underwater photos when just 9 years old. Alex has a PhD in marine ecology and worked as a marine scientist until 2004 when underwater photography became his career.

He has been winning international photography awards since his teens and his work is particularly well known from the Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest, where it has featured in 14 different portfolio books of winning photographs over the last 20 years. In 2013, he was named overall winner of the European Wildlife Photographer of the Year and is still the only underwater winner of that title. His book Reefs Revealed (2007) won the International Prize for Best Book of the Year at the World Festival of Underwater Pictures. He is the founder and chair of UPY: the Underwater Photographer of the Year competition.

He is especially known for sharing his knowledge, his best-selling book Underwater Photography Masterclass (2016) was reprinted just two weeks after being released. He runs highly popular underwater photography workshops all over the world. During the lockdown, he has recorded more than 200 episodes of Wetpixel Live, an educational YouTube on underwater photography with Adam Hanlon.

He has written over 500 illustrated articles for magazines around the world on underwater photography, marine life and scuba diving, and photographed over 200 underwater cover shots. He has contributed to more than 50 books, including those that accompany landmark documentary series, such as David Attenborough’s Life On Earth, Blue Planet and Our Planet.

In 2007, Nissan built a concept car version of the NV200 specifically designed around his needs as an underwater photographer, although he does not get to use it as it is now displayed in the Nissan museum in Tokyo! Alex is an Ambassador for Mares and the Fourth Element.

He has been an editor at Wetpixel.com since 2006, and a committee member of the British Society of Underwater Photographers since 2002. In 2016, he received the ADEX Award for his ‘Extraordinary Contribution to Underwater Photography” and in 2020 he was awarded the Golden Trident from the International Academy of Underwater Sciences.

In 2018, he received national recognition, receiving the title of MBE from Queen Elizabeth II for ‘services to underwater photography.”

Underwater Portrait Photography

Underwater Portrait Photography

 

Speaker:

Xie Fei [China] Professional Underwater Photographer

Mastering Freediving: How to Freedive

Mastering Freediving: How to Freedive

 

Speaker:

Gert Leroy [Belgium] A Certified Freediving Instructor and Youtuber

Becoming a Better Tek Diver: Tips on Sidemount & Backmount Diving

Becoming a Better Tek Diver: Tips on Sidemount & Backmount Diving

 

 

Speakers:

– Commander Vishwanath Rajan [India] Technical and Public Safety Diving Instructor, Founder and Director of Scuba Evolution India

– Yvonne Press [Germany] Director, Dark Horizon Diving

– Andy Davis [UK] Independent Technical Sidemount Wreck Instructor, Scuba Tech Philippines

– Edmund Yiu [HongKong SAR] RAID Regional Head for Greater China, Examiner, Recreational, Technical OC, CCR Instructor Trainer, Full Cave Instructor

 

Moderator:

– James Costello [UK] RAID Examiner Director, Diving Solutions (Asia), Director RAID – SMB

Creative Underwater Photography with a Compact Camera: Enrico Somogyi

Seeing Enrico’s amazing photos of the creatures underwater, underwater photography seems like second nature to him. Enrico’s art consists of playing with light and establishing double exposures through the camera and different colours. He has won several awards in multiple competitions, most notably for his gift in altering techniques to capture the most beautiful creatures!

How he started

A small-town boy from Germany who works in the catering trade, Enrico Somogyi got into diving in 2008, and took his first camera on a dive in 2009. After seeing great underwater photographs taken by his dive guide in 2012 in Anilao, it inspired him to learn how to take underwater photographs. His photos improved year after year, and in 2015 he began experimenting with creative photography. In the past few years, he has also been very successful in various competitions, mostly with compact cameras. 

Juvenile Spanish dancer (double exposure in camera), Tulamben, Bali, Indonesia

While collecting awards, his images provide new perspectives of the underwater environment, particularly in compact camera categories. Make no mistake, these images take time and patience to create, and the result is worth the effort!

Enrico’s work demonstrates that if you are willing to think outside the box and have time to experiment, it is possible to capture unique images that stand out from the crowd.

Slow shutter reef squid, Anilao, Philippines

 

Creative Underwater Photography with a Compact Camera

So, what is an underwater photographer to do in order to capture familiar subjects in a different way? For Enrico Somogyi, the answer lies in using a multitude of creative techniques to achieve unusual backgrounds and effects!

Water lily, Kirchbruch, Germany

It is obvious that Enrico doesn’t just use swirl effects and bubbly bokeh for his compositions. As well as employing motion blur, over-unders, and double (and sometimes triple) exposures, he also utilizes a variety of creative techniques inspired by pros such as Alex Mustard. As a result, we have a portfolio of remarkable and memorable images that show off many different skills.

Hear more from Enrico Somogyi!

Explore the magic of the ocean through compact cameras with Enrico Somogyi today!

Day/Date: 8 October 2021, Friday

Time: 6:30 PM (Singapore) | 12:30 PM (Leipzig, Germany) | 6:30 AM (New York, USA) | 11:30 AM (London, UK)

Where: ADEX Official FB Page | APE Homepage

#APE 8TH MONTHLY VIRTUAL EVENT 2021 SCHEDULE – OCTOBER SERIES

Organised by the digital platform for ADEX Asia Dive Expo, ADEX Pixel Expo, #APE 8th Monthly Virtual Event 2021 celebrates the diversity of the ocean and its diving landscape, with a series of events happening on the 8th of each month, with an aim to bring trending dialogue and deep-rooted tales on the pulse of scuba diving, with inspirational guests and insightful stories!