Peter Scoones has been diving and taking
underwater photographs since 1959. originally trained as a naval
architect and,with a keen interest in dinghy racing, his service with
the RAF in the Far East initiated his underwater
Peter's work first came to notice when he won
the Gold Medal for the Best Amateur Film at the first Brighton
International Film Festival. Since then he has gone on to win many
awards including Underwater Photographer of the Year.at Brighton
(twice) and Best British Underwater Photographer at Birmingham
(twice) to name just some of the awards.
Peter currently works as a freelance
cameraman working extensively in both TV and other fields.
Mike Portelly's interest in underwater
photography started in 1976 and within 12 months he had been voted
'Best Beginner' at the Brighton International Film Festival and been
awarded an 'Oscar' for underwater photography by the CMAS.
Initially working in stills, he quickly
developed his talent to produce startlingly different and innovative
images. Together with Derek Berwin he represented Britain in the
first World Championships for underwater photography winning first
place in this team event.
Mike started filming 'Oceans Daughter' in
1981 in the Red Sea and soon began directing TV commercials for
Fouracre Films, the first winning a top TV advertising
He is currently working on a new film for
This London based production company first
came known through their excellent documentary about the salvaging of
gold bars from the wreck of HMS Edinburgh in 1982.
Since then and in addition to other
productions, they have produced 'Deep into the Blue Holes' about
record breaking cave diving in the Bahamas.
Their latest project is a series entitled
'Assignment Adventure' and tonight's world premier showing of 'A
Closer Encounter' is part of this series for worldwide distribution.
Peter Gillbe is one of the company's leading producers and directors
who came from the BBC.
Currently being produced in the 'Assignment
Adventure' series is an episode about free-swimming with great white
Richard has worked for the BBC Natural
History Unit for the past 20 years firstly in radio and now for
television. His long experience in this department has made him one
of the most prolific natural history producers. He has been closely
involved in almost all of the BBC's major productions including 'The
World about us', 'Wildlife on one', 'Life on Earth' and 'The Living
Planet' from which tonight's film 'The Open ocean' is an
Much of Richard's work includes underwater
footage with a particular interest in marine mammals and coral reefs.
Although not a diver himself, he has a desire to learn - when time
STEVE BIRCHALL AND PETER
Steve and Peter have been specialising in
underwater audio visuals for 5 years and in this time have produced
work which has received acclaim both in diving circles and with the
general public. one of their first shows covered the BSoUP Underwater
Photography Competition which is held annually at Fort Bovisand in
The highlight of their career so far was at
the International Film Festival 'Brighton '83' when they took first
and second places in the AV category and then went on to be judged
'The Most Outstanding Entry' at the same Festival.
Their documentary 'Royal Oak' which came
second at Brighton 1983 has since been voted 'Best Documentary' in
the Royal Photographic Society's Audio Visual Festival.
Steve and Peter are currently producing
educational sequences aimed at school audiences.