Win a digital underwater photography course worth $145/£118!

As we reported in August, the world’s largest goal-oriented diving organization and SeaLegacy, the international conservation and production organization, have joined forces to launch the new “30×30” initiative.

30×30 aims to protect 30% of the world’s oceans by 2030 – by creating a global network of marine protected areas, the initiative aims to preserve the health and biodiversity of the world’s oceans and help combat the effects of climate change.

Currently, only 2.7% of the ocean – which covers 70% of the world’s surface – is in a highly protected area. The 30×30 initiative therefore calls on governments and world leaders to urgently increase the level of protection of marine environments.

Dolphins swimming in the Bahamas (Image credit: © Cristina Mittermeier/SeaLegacy)

SeaLegacy was founded by conservationist and photographer Cristina Mittermeier and her partner, photographer Paul Nicklen.

The partnership with PADI gives the 30×30 initiative great reach – PADI has a global community of 6,600 dive centers and resorts and 128,000 professional members.

“In our efforts to support the protection of 30% of the ocean by 2030, we must build a public narrative that presents the ocean as a solution and as an opportunity,” says Mittermeier. “We partnered with PADI because it has a large audience of ocean-loving individuals who are already a natural group of supporters of this ideal.

“We felt it would be beneficial to align ourselves with our own audience to greatly expand the community that supports this lofty goal on a global scale.”

Click here to read the full interview (opens in a new tab) with Cristina Mittermeier approx. 30×30.

Take part in our exclusive PADI competition today!

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(Image credit: © PADI)

To help promote this vital 30×30 initiative, Digital Camera World has partnered with PADI for an exclusive contest: the chance to win a PADI digital photography course (opens in a new tab) worth $145/£118!

The course has two parts: to begin with, you will learn the basics of underwater photography via e-learning.

Next, you’ll undertake two dives at a PADI dive shop, where you’ll gain hands-on experience taking photos underwater (as a prerequisite, you’ll need to be a Certified Diver/Junior OW Diver (or have a qualifying certification ).

Click here to enter the contest (opens in a new tab) – the closing date for entries is October 31 at 23:59 GMT.

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(Image credit: © PADI)

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