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Rebirth of the Blue Dolphin of Malta

International Underwater Photographic Competition

by Linda Dunk

The 10th Blue Dolphin of Malta International Underwater Photographic Competition was successfully held again between 12th - 17th November 2002, after a break of several years.

The event was organised by the Federation of Underwater Activities of Malta (F. U.A.M.), in collaboration with Malta Tourism Authority, the official carrier Air Malta and the Malta Maritime Authority. Competitors and their models, judges and journalists from various countries, met to respectively share and exchange, the pleasures and knowledge of capturing the beauty and wonders of the Mediterranean Sea. Furthermore a Disposable Camera competition was included for the first time to attract more divers to this speciality and encourage them to discover the joys of underwater photography. The dates for the 11th edition 2003 have been announced and are between the 11th and 16th November 2003.

This year's competition was based at the Corinthia Jerma Palace Hotel, Marsascala. Each competitor competed over two days (six hours), to present a set of three slides. The slides included one macro or close up (all subjects except fish), one fish (macro or close up) and one wide-angle (ambient with fill-in flash).

The first session of the competition took place on Wednesday 13th November at Cirkewwa. It is one of the best shore dive sites in Malta because of the wreck Rozi (depth 36m) and the clear blue waters. The second session of the competition took place on Thursday 14th November at the small bay below Fort St. Elmo, Valletta. This site is best known for the HMS Maori wreck at a depth of 18m. Soon after, the disposable camera competition was held at the same dive site. The competitors had to present all the film and were judged on the best overall film.

Journalists and competitors from various countries attended the event. Linda Dunk (UK), Vincenzo Di Martino (Italy) and Lionel Pozzoli (France) made up the adjudicating panel for both competitions.

A whole program of presentations was organized during the competition which included slide shows by Mr A Borg (Marine Biologist) titled Shallow water marine life of the Maltese Islands and by Linda Dunk titled The Agony and Ecstasy: An introduction to underwater photography.

The audiovisual slide shows which were presented at the Maritime Museum, Birgu were by Simon Theuma (Malta Photographer) titled Malta, Vincenzo Di Martino titled Nel Mare di Cola Pesce and Pianeta Blu, and Lionel Pozzoli titled Large to Small Marine Life.

The results of the 10th Blue Dolphin 2002 were as follows

Winner best set of slides: Michael Spiteri (Malta) and assistant Tania Mallia (Malta)

Prize: Euro 1000 cash + Apex diving regulator (donated by St. Andrews Dive Cove)

Best Competition Slide: Heike Daniele Merz (Germany) and assistant Thomas Zurawski (Germany)

Prize: Aqualung diving regulator (donated by M and A Ltd)

Winner disposable camera competition: Anna Bassily (Atlam Sub Aqua Club)

Prize: Two diving torches (donated by Dive Systems Diving School) and Tigullio Dive Wear (donated by Salpa Ltd)

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