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Jeff Hawes

I started diving back in the mid 70s, while attending the University of Minnesota. It was after moving to Oregon in the mid 90s where the water was saltier and even colder, where I really became enamored with the sport. I could be found every weekend splitting time between assisting with new students, spearfishing, and underwater photography. While in the Pacific Northwest, I spent time divemastering aboard the 116-foot live-aboard Nautilus Explorer in British Columbia and expanding my underwater experiences.

Back in the corporate world, numerous opportunities for travel came with my job, and I was able to bring my dive gear around the world several times. I would always pack my dive and photo gear and as a result, I have enjoyed diving in many rather diverse locations. Sweden, Malaysia, Solomon Islands, Cabo, Bonaire, The Channel Islands, Coz, and BC to name just a few. I have often been asked where my favorite diving is. Anyone that knows me will tell you that I always try to find what makes a dive site most unique and interesting and strive to enjoy the site for what it has to offer. That way, they can all be great. How can I begin to compare the wonders of the Cenotes, to the Kelp forests of the Pacific, or the massive schools of circles barracuda found in the Solomons?  Treasure them All!

With my wife looking for warmer waters, we finally settled in the Palm Beach Area of Florida and can be found photographing the extremely diverse undersea realm this area has to offer.

Nick Pearigen – Jun 07

My father got me interested in diving when I was 15 years old. Once certified, I quickly became hooked and eventually became an instructor.  Having been diving for over 14 years now, I’ve been fortunate enough to travel throughout the Caribbean and dive the South Eastern U.S. for some unforgettable diving.  My certifications include: Open Water Instructor, CPROX Instructor, Nitrox diver, Dolphin Rebreather diver & Limited Visibility diver.  I’ve more recently gotten into underwater photography and underwater video, with a few lucky shots to my name.  The thing that I enjoy the most about diving is the ability to escape the fastpaced world that we live in today.  Being underwater allows me to truly relax and enjoy life.  Some of the things that I have seen and experiencedunderwater have changed how I look at life.  I have looked over walls that drop over 5,000 feet; seen logger head turtles mate; swam with sharks and watched them feed; explored wrecks; hovered over reefs to watch its inhabitants play, the list goes on and on.  I have also had the honor of meeting Jean-Michel Cousteau, whose advise to me was to teach people to stay off of the reefs.  As memorable as these experiences have been for me, none would have been possible had I not taken the steps needed to become a certified open water diver.  So do your part and start your experiences today with your local dive facility.

Andrew Dawson

After scuba diving for the first time in 1994, Andrew Dawson realized he had found his true passion, and has been pursuing underwater photography ever since.  He has traveled extensively to various diving hot-spots around the world, including Fiji, British Columbia, the Caribbean and Bahamas, Cocos Island, the Galapagos, Mexico, and California.

Andrew’s personal journey is fueled by his desire to educate people about marine life and issues related to our oceans.  He recognizes that at a time when marine ecosystems are under enormous threa, the worst damage being done is unseen by most of humankind.  The ability to open people’s eyes to the hidden beauty and power of the ocean is underwater photography’s greatest promise.

The primary camera system Andrew used for most of these images was a Nikon F4 in an Aquatica housing, along with Ikelite strobes.  His favorite lenses are the Nikkor 18mm/3.5 for wide-angle, and the 105mm/2.8 Macro for close-up work.  He says, “I haven’t been in a big hurry to make the switch to digital, since I had serious misgivings about the quality of the early systems.  Since DSLR’s have certainly matured into something usable now, I’m sure I’ll take the plunge in the near future, although it will mean basically building a whole new system from scratch.  And part of me will always miss the look of film…”

Andrew’s images have been featured in various scuba magazines, calendars, and websites, and are represented by SuperStock Inc.  He lives in Los Angeles, California, where he makes his living doing voice-overs and sound design for the entertainment industry.

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Jillian Morris – Jul 07

Jillian grew up on a lake in Maine and her love for water started at an early age. Snorkeling with manatees at the age of 9 solidified her desire to work with marine animals. An internship with Mote Marine Lab’s Center for Shark Research sparked her continuing exploration & research of sharks around the world.

After graduating from the University of New England with a degree in behavioral biology, she took a job as divemaster/naturalist & crew on a research vessel based in Key West. Onboard Jillian worked with National Geographic, Mote Marine Lab, Wes Pratt & Jeff Carrier, Sylvia Earl, NOAA, National Marine Sanctuaries, Dr. Samuel Gruber and REEF. It was during this time that Jillian was first introduced to underwater photography and video.

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Tony Liddicoat

Tony Liddicoat has been diving for over 44 years, and has recently published a book of his career entitled “Five Bells” Job Done.  One of the book’s typists commented, “I don’t know how you’re still alive.”

Tony pursued commercial, military, and recreational diving and his diving career has taken him all over the world. In 1981 he was named British “Diver of the Year”. The pictures below cover his time diving as a wreck excavator in Kenya, his military assignments in Germany and the Falkland Islands, as an Army diving instructor in Belize, and his commercial and recreational diving throughout Europe.

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