MEMBERS IN THE NEWS

CARLOS & ALLISON ESTAPÉ
received the Smithsonian’s first Citizen Scientist award for their contributions to marine research and a letter of commendation for their outstanding contributions as Citizen Scientists through many years of underwater photography.

GABRIEL JENSEN
did a Force-E FB Live presentation on October 27th on how to find colorful sea slugs locally in the Western Atlantic. Watch it here.

BRENDA HILL
won 3rd Place, Compact Camera, in Scuba Diving Magazine’s 2022 Underwater Photo Contest.

TOM HALLERAN’S
image won as a “staff favorite” in the 2022 Scuba Diving magazine “Through Your Lens” annual photo competition.

RICK McCAWLEY
has published a hardcover, 110-page book titled “TOP 100 UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHS.”

JIM & DEB GARBER
have an article in the latest DAN magazine, Alert Diver 3Q 2022, titled “Blue Heron Bridge.”

TOM HALLERAN
was Dive Photo Guide’s Photographer of the Week for July 7, 2022.

GARY ROSE
has an “Angling Up” Featured article in the August 2022 issue of X-Ray Magazine titled “When Things Are Looking Up”. The article can be viewed here, on page 43.

LINDA IANNIELLO
SUSAN MEARS
JIM MEARS

have black water images and video in a Scientific American article titled “See the Mysterious Sea Creatures that Only Come Up at Night – “Blackwater” divers photograph the largest migration of animals on the planet”

GARY ROSE
has a piece in an article in the latest issue of X-Ray International Dive Magazine titled “My Favorite Spots, Stripes & Stars: Contributors’ Picks.” Gary’s piece is titled “Starring Sharks.”

DR GARY ROSE
has an article in X-Ray Mag issue #110 in the “My Favorite Black & White” section entitled “Why Black and White” with four shark images – page 61.

STEVE KOVACS
JACK ISRAEL
ANDRE JOHNSON

placed in the UPY 2022 competition. Steve was Commended in the Macro and Behavior category, Andre was Highly Commended in the Macro category, Jack was Commended in the Wrecks category.

JACK ISRAEL
Placed Fourth in the Wide Angle 2021 Category World Shootout Underwater Photo Grand Prix.

CARLOS & ALLISON ESTAPÉ
are also featured in a Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute’s article titled “Fish Photographers Extraordinaire.”

LINDA IANNIELLO’S
image is on the cover of the October 2022 issue of Natural History magazine.

LINDA IANNIELLO
has the cover shot, an article on Blackwater Creatures, a parting shot, and she is the Spotlight Photographer in the October issue of Dive Log Australasia.

RICK McCAWLEY’S
underwater images are featured in a show at Barry University’s Department of Fine Arts titled “Wildlife Photography: Land | Sea | Air” from September 23 to November 20.

STEVE KOVACS
was the featured photographer for Colossal for August 12th.

SUZAN MELDONIAN
received Runner Up in the Black and Blue Water category in the Ocean Geographic 2022 Pictures of the Year Contest.

GARY ROSE
has an article in the latest issue of X-Ray International Dive Magazine titled “Giant Manta Rays of Las Catalinas Islands in Costa Rica”

SUZAN MELDONIAN
Her Sea Angel spawning won 1st place in the “Submerged World” Category, and Honorable mention in the Macro Category for her False Moray in the Memorial Maria Luisa International Photo Contest.

JACK ISRAEL
has an article in the First Quarter 2022 Alert Diver magazine entitled “Short But Beautiful Lives.” The article tracks the regal sea goddess population (Felimare picta) on the Okinawa wreck near Pompano, Florida.

LINDA IANNIELLO
SUSAN MEARS

will be doing a Blackwater Creatures presentation and book-signing at the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum in Sanibel, Florida on March 15th at 5:30 PM.

JACK ISRAEL
was the featured artist at the North Beach Art Gallery charity event February 17. This is a 45”x30”print of a “Sunset in the Maldives.”

JOHN BORYS
had his photo published in THE EPOCH TIMES, Photographer Captures Incredible Pictures of a Shark That Appears to Be Smiling.

GARY ROSE
has an article titled “Look, But Do Not Touch” in the November 2022 issue of X-Ray Magazine.

SHANA PHELAN
has been named Scuba Diving Magazine’s November Sea Hero for her decade of work fighting to protect the Goliath Grouper.

SUSAN MEARS & LINDA IANNIELLO
have multiple black water images published in a new book, Planktonia, The Nightly Migration of the Ocean’s Smallest Creatures by Erich Hoyt.

SUSAN MELDONIAN
has an article in this month’s Scuba Diving Magazine on how to photograph creatures in black water dives.

GABRIEL JENSEN
has a couple of images in the Coral Restoration Foundation’s “Talking Science” in August 2022 article about “CRF™ CORALS SPAWN IN THE WILD AND NURSERIES MULTIPLE NIGHTS IN A ROW”.

ANDRE JOHNSON
was Dive Photo Guide’s Photographer of the Week for July 16, 2022.

GARY ROSE
has an article in the Second Quarter 2022 issue of Alert Diver magazine titled “A Little Detail.”

GABE JENSEN
ANDREA WHITAKER
TOM HALLERAN
TIM SULLIVAN

donated prints to Loggerhead Marine Life Center’s Annual TurtleFest Silent Auction event .

STEVE KOVACS
was published in the February 2022 issue of Undercurrent: “Discarded single-use plastic continues to pollute the environment. Steven Kovacs photographed a paper nautilus drifting along on an item of plastic rubbish, in Anilao (Philippines) to become one of the winners in last year’s Ocean photography awards.”

STEVEN KOVACS
Placed in the 2021 Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition, organized by Underwater Photography Guide. Blackwater – 1st Place, 2nd Place and Honorable Mention Underwater Conservation – 2nd Place.

JACK ISRAEL
had an article published in Russian Dive Magazine Predel’naya Glubina: Diving, Humor and a Little Politics about Galapagos Dive Trip

ANDRE JOHNSON
had his photos displayed at Sarasota High School.

JACK ISRAEL
had an article published in Scubashooters: My Florida, My Home, Favorite South Florida Dive Spots During Quarantine

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