MEMBERS IN THE NEWS – 2023

GRACE PEMPEK
won 2nd place in the Over-Under Category of the @divephotoguide DPG Master Competition for 2023 and won a 7-night package with Eco Divers Lembeh, Indonesia!

CHRIS GUG
had two awarded photos in one of Europe’s most prestigious photo competitions, the 16th International Contest of Photography NARAVA 2023. His images were “Long Arm Octopus Alien” in the Nature category and “Spirit of the Yucatan” in the Landscapes category.

ZACH WHALEN
had a short film, “Under the Bridge,” accepted to the San Diego Underwater Film Expo. The in-person screening was October 6-7th and a virtual screening started Oct 9th.

ANDY DEITSCH
has an image featured in an article, “The Underwater World of the Mountains” in this month’s issue of Adirondack Explorer magazine.

TOM HALLERAN
had an article published in InsideDivers.com titled “Top Five Reasons to Dive Raja Ampat.”

LINDA IANNIELLO
contributed images and behavior information to a scientific paper titled “A new gelatinous host for pelagic fishes: First in situ record of an association between driftfishes (Stromateiformes, Ariommatidae) and nudibranchs (Mollusca, Phylliroidae).”

SUZAN MELDONIAN
was a finalist in the Art of Nature category of the Big Picture 2023 competition.

GABRIEL JENSEN
is doing a presentation at South Florida Divers’ July meeting on “How to Find Sea Slugs on your next South Florida Shore Dive.”

LAWRENCE WATKINS
had his images featured in a newsletter article titled “What is Blackwater Diving?” for Uncle Cal’s Dive Club.

GARY ROSE
Gary has an article in the “Epic Underwater Photography: Contributors’ Picks” section of Issue 118 of X-Ray Mag

STEVE KOVACS
is one of the “100 of the World’s Best Photographers” participating in a print fundraiser where 100% of the proceeds go to Ocean Conservation

LINDA IANNIELLO
recorded a segment about black water diving for PBS’s Art Loft show, as a spin-off to a program on mollusks to be broadcast in June as part of their Changing Seas series.

STEVE KOVACS
got a Highly Commended in the Portrait category of the 2023 Underwater Photographer of the Year

GARY ROSE
has a featured article, “Scale Matters,” in the latest edition of X-Ray Mag

SUZAN MELDONIAN
received an Honorable Mention in the Macro category of the DPG/Wetpixel Masters 2022 Competition

STEVE KOVACS
Won 1st and 5th place in the Blackwater portfolio category of the 2022 World Underwater Shootout. He also placed 3rd in the Macro category

ANDY DEITSCH
is Dive Photo Guide’s Photographer of the Week for January 20th.

STEVE KOVACS
is featured in an article “These Ten Brilliant Portraits Illuminate Ocean Creatures’ Nighttime Antics” in Smithsonian Magazine, December 15, 2023.

CHRIS HIGGS
won two awards in the Macro, Micro, and All Other Wildlife category (First Runner-Up and Judges’ Choice) in the 2024 edition of the North American Nature Photography Association’s (NANPA) flagship photo contest, the NANPA Showcase. He was the only photographer to have two photographs in the Top 24 showcase.

PHIL RUDIN
was featured by Marelux and Underwater Photographer of the Year in a promotional event in Times Square, New York City

ANDREA WHITAKER
is the Dive Photo Guide (DPG) photographer of the week for September 28th, featuring a black water gallery.

GARY ROSE
has a featured article in issue 120 of X-Ray Mag, entitled “Opposites”

SUZAN MELDONIAN & LINDA IANNIELLO
contributed images of Nausithoe maculata to a scientific paper titled “A morphological review of the jellyfish genus Nausithoe Kölliker, 1853
(Nausithoideae, Coronatae, Scyphozoa, Cnidaria).”

LINDA IANNIELLO
was interviewed and provided a variety of images for South Florida PBS’ “Changing Seas” episode on mollusks, which included information about the larvae that we see on the local black water dives.

SUZAN MELDONIAN
received an Honorable Mention in the “Black and Blue Water” category of the Ocean Geographic Pictures of the Year Awards for 2023. She also received an Honorable Mention in the “Discover the Oceans” category.

DIANN JOHNSON
will have her work on exhibit at Boston University over the next year

GABRIEL JENSEN
will be speaking at the meeting of Florida United Malacologists (FUM) on April 15th in St. Petersburg

ANDY DEITSCH
won first place in the British Society of Underwater Photographer’s monthly contest

GARY ROSE
has a featured article, “A Minimalist Approach,” in the latest edition of X-Ray Mag

CHRIS GUG
got a Commended in the Marelux Macro category of the 2023 Underwater Photographer of the Year

BRYANT TURFFS
got a Highly Commended in the Portrait category of the 2023 Underwater Photographer of the Year

REMUNA BECA
placed 2nd in the Sharks of the World category of the 2022 World Underwater Shootout. She also placed 3rd in the Environmental and Conservation category

CHRIS GUG
Won 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place in the Blackwater portfolio category of the 2022 World Underwater Shootout

CHRIS GUG
won 2nd place in the Ocean Art Underwater Photography Competition – with an iPhone photo!

GARY ROSE
has an article in the “Framing in Underwater Photography” section of Issue 122 of X-Ray Mag (December 2023), entitled “Not Your Usual Framing.”

GARY ROSE
has the cover article for the “Contributors’ Picks” in issue 121 of X-Ray Mag, entitled “Triptychs | Great White Triptych – Not Just Another Portrait.”

GRACE PEMPEK
gave a presentation titled, “Intro to Underwater Photography” at Palm Beach Atlantic University on October 5th.

GRACE PEMPEK
is the Dive Photo Guide (DPG) photographer of the week for August 17th.

STEVE KOVACS, DEB DEVERS, RICH COLLINS & LINDA IANNIELLO
contributed images and behavior information to a scientific paper titled “New species of Monomitopus (Ophidiidae) from Hawaiʻi, with the description of a larval coiling behavior.”

DIANN JOHNSON
had two images, a tiger shark and grouper, in the Smithsonian Marine Ecosystem Exhibit (SMEE) entitled “Fish Scales.”

GARY ROSE
has an article in the “Ambient Light Underwater Photography: Contributors’ Picks” section of Issue 119 of X-Ray Mag, called “Playing with Ambient Light.”

REMUNA BECA
received an Honorable Mention in the “Portraits” category of the Ocean Geographic Pictures of the Year Awards for 2023 for her over/under shark image.

SUZAN MELDONIAN, SHANA PHELAN, AND ANDREA WHITAKER
contributed to an article on the Blue Heron Bridge, entitled, “Under the Bridge,” in the May 2023 issue of Scuba Diving Magazine.

LAURA TESLER
has an article in the March 30, 2023, issue of Scuba Diving titled “When a “Scuba Drive” Doesn’t Sound Appealing, Do What This Diver Does”

BRYANT TURFFS
is one of the Photographers of the Week in this week’s issue of Dive Photo Guide

BRYANT TURFFS
placed third in the Behavior category of the 2023 Underwater Photographer of the Year

ANDRE JOHNSON
got third place in the 2022 World Nature Photography Contest

BRYANT TURFFS
won 2nd place in the Ocean Art Underwater Photography Competition of 2022’s Marine Life Behavior category

STEVE KOVACS
Placed 3rd in the Blackwater category in the Ocean Art Underwater Photography Competition of 2022. Another of his images received an honorable mention.

REMUNA BECA
is this week’s (January 6th) Photographer of the Week for Dive Photo Guide.

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