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:

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.

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