Several years ago I wrote an article for FiNS magazine entitled 'A Photographer's Responsibility'. My aims in writing this article were to improve people's photography but also for them to consider the welfare of the animals they were photographing. There was quite a lot of feedback about this article from dive centres and conservation organisations wishing to use it to show to their guests and raise awareness of the marine environment. I was really pleased by this, as it's a subject very dear to my he
I have recently confirmed a three trip residency aboard the Peter Hughes, Paradise Dancer liveaboard in January/February 2012. I will be on this stunning American style schooner sailing and diving around the pristine Raja Ampat region of Indonesia for three trips:
11-22 January - FULL
23 January-3 February - SPACES AVAILABLE with a special on this trip only: $500 discount per person and 50% off Nitrox! Hurry, spaces won't last long!
4-15 February - SPACES AVAILABLE
In June 2011 I visited Pico Island in the Azores, which are situated 1500 km west of Portugal in the mid Atlantic. I had been lucky enough to be granted permission by the Azorean government to enter the water with Sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus). This priveledge is limited to professional photographers and supported by my marine biology background. Great care must be taken not to disturb these gentle giants and so we were only on snorkel, not SCUBA. Our daily excursions were organised by Pic
The following article 'Turtle Tails - The Biology of Sea Turtles' was originally published in issue 2/2011 of Asian Diver magazine:
Turtle Tails - The Biology of Sea Turtles By Richard Smith (© Richard Smith 2011)
The Oceania Dive Expo will be in Brisbane, Australia between Friday 7th and Sunday 9th October 2011 and I am booked to present! My seminar, which is on Saturday 8th October between 4.10 and 4.40pm, is entitled 'The Private Life of Pygmy Seahorses'. I'll be talking about my research on pygmy seahorses and some of the fascinating aspects of their biology that I discovered during my PhD. Check out the website for more information at www.OceaniaDiveExpo.com
On the 1st April 2011 my PhD was officially awarded. I am the first person to have completed a PhD on the biology of pygmy seahorses and I'm excited to share some of my findings. My thesis is entitled 'The Biology and Conservation of Gorgonian-Associated Pygmy Seahorses'. I will be publishing the findings from my thesis in the scientific literature in the coming months so keep checking back or sign up to my blog updates for details. Until then I wanted to share some information and facts about pygmy seahorses:
The Zoological Society of London is a UK based charity devoted to the conservation of animals around the world. The produce an annual Conservation Review highlighting their major acheivements. I was honoured to have the image on the front cover of the 2009/2010 edition. They are one of the World's most important conservation organisations and I am pleased to be able to support them with my images.
EDGE (Evolutionarily Distinct & Globally Endangered) is a conservation initiative, which focuses on species that aren't necessarily the most glamorous but are highly evolutionarily distinct compared to other living species.
I spent 10 days in Lembeh Strait, North Sulawesi, Indonesia over Christmas 2010. It is one of the best places in the world for Muck Diving, which doesn't sound too glamorous but isn't quite as it sounds. Basically this type of diving is spent looking around ostensibly barren areas of sand and silt for cryptic creatures. Every dive is like a treasure hunt.