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Written by DIVE Magazine Friday, 14 December 2012 15:07
Underwater festival for the Maldives
For the second year a major resort in South ari atoll is staging an underwater featival featuring leading divers, film-makers and photographers who will be providing workshops and advice.
General Manager of LUX* Maldives, Dominik Ruhl said: ‘The Maldives is the perfect place for this underwater festival and we are very proud to welcome such a brilliant panel of experts. With this festival we look forward to offering guests a different way of celebrating island life. We want to offer participants the opportunity to explore the marine life of our atoll through a lighter learning experience’
Festival activities will include underwater photo and video courses, on-the-beach themed film screenings, film editing coaching sessions, plus free diving and apnea courses.
The courses will be led by experts in their individual fields including BBC film director Neil Lucas, producer and director of the BBC’s Natural History Unit, who will run daily introductory classes for guests to improve their photography skills and learn new underwater shooting techniques.
Neil will be joined by underwater cameraman Michael Pitts, Emmy award-winner for his cinematography on two BBC landmark series: David Attenborough'sPrivate Life of PlantsandBlue Planet. Michael will be helping attendees translate their photography into an underwater reportage.
Top television documentary editor, Frank Spencer, will work closely with attendees from their first cuts, through to the rough cuts, music and sound. Participants will be able to identify the key stories, learn ‘fill and flood’ lighting techniques, shooting disciplines as well as sequence skills through storyboards and creative editing.
Free diving expert and four-time world record holder Sara Campbell will be offering insights into breath holding and apnea techniques. Capable of diving unassisted to depths over 100m, Sara will oversee free diving classes, focusing on participants’ inner ‘sleeping dolphin’ through simple breathing techniques, which aid relaxation and mind control.
An active supporter of marine life conservation, the LUX* Maldives resort has for the past two years been leading an extensive whale shark database program through its marine biology centre and has initiated a successful research program within the South Ari Marine Protected Area (SAMPA).
Partnering with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) one the world´s oldest environmental organisations and a leading authority on the environment and sustainable development, LUX* Maldives also supports activities carried out within the South Ari Atoll through its newly appointed marine project officer, Charlotte Hawley.