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The World Oceans Day 2019

Gender and Ocean – how are these two connected? Not at all – you might think. Quite much, however, is the answer. Gender and Ocean is this year’s topic for the World Oceans Day. Celebrate this day with us, find out more about why the world’s oceans are so impressive and
take part in a fantastic raffle.

Each year on the 8th of June, people all over the world celebrate the ocean and try their best to change its story. In doing so, they celebrate each and every life on this wonderful planet. Because no matter where you are and no matter how far you might be situated from any coastline, you are somehow connected to the ocean.


The oceans are the lifeblood of our planet and the source of all life. Not only do they hold over 95% of the planet’s water, they produce more than half of the oxygen in our atmosphere, are said to be important for 50% of the breaths we take and absorb a lot of carbon. But there’s more to it.

 Ann Karin Matberg • OM-D E-M1 • M.Zuiko Digital ED 8mm F1.8 Fisheye 
• PT-EP11 • PPO-EP02 • 2 x UFL-3

In many ways, the ocean acts as a regulator of our climate. By soaking up the heat and transporting water of different temperatures all over the planet, it regulates the weather, the temperatures as well as rains and droughts in many places and it makes most parts habitable by keeping the balance. And speaking about habitation – the ocean does not only help to make our planet such a great home to us, it is also a home to the greatest abundance of life including some of the smallest and some of the biggest creatures there are. From critter to whales – there is a variety of life in the oceans that is hard to imagine from ashore and that we can only do our best to partly capture with our lenses.

Gender and Ocean - The oceans also provide us with food. That goes hand in hand with the fact that they create many jobs – not only for fishermen. From tourism and transport to water sports businesses: many industries and jobs are highly connected to and dependent on the ocean – and its condition. And it goes without saying that a (commercial) world – and our supermarkets – are quite hard to imagine without ocean freight.

Marcin Dobas – Exciting encounter with steller sea lions

Marcin Dobas • OM-D E-M1 Mark II • M.Zuiko Digital ED 8mm F1.8 PRO
• PT-EP-14 • PPO-EP02 • UFL-3

For many divers, underwater encounters with marine mammals are an unforgettable experience. Whenever I meet a dolphin, a seal or an eared seal (Otariidae), I am sure that I have just met an incredibly intelligent creature which enjoys our encounter as much as I do.
The goal of my last photographic diving expedition was the coat of Kamchatka coast. To some of you, this idea may seem absurd. Everyone who starts diving dreams about the warm waters of the South Seas, the sun, the coral reefs and orange clownfish playing in the water.
The water around the peninsula of Kamchatka, however, is cold, the visibility is not good and the biodiversity is limited. So – why go there? […]

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Juan José Sáez Méndez - The great white shark

 Juan José Saéz • OM-D E-M1 Mark II • M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm F2.8 PRO
• PT-EP14 • PPO-E04 • 2 x UFL-3

On my second trip to Guadeloupe I wanted to capture the behaviour of the great white shark in my pictures. With the help of my results as well as the information provided by the scientists who work with these animals, I wanted to explain or rather express the importance that these special animals have in the ecosystem and show what is being done to protect them. 

The great white shark is an alpha predator that is at the top of the food chain and that, in theory, should not be at risk because it has barely any natural predators. Unfortunately, the great white shark is still on the red list of the worldwide endangered species due to direct or accidental catches in fishing nets, the constant pollution of the seas and the warming or narrowing of their natural habitat. This makes us humans their main predator. […]

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Karin Brussard  - Dolphins – my experience after waiting for 20 years!

 Karin Brussard • OM-D E-M1 MarkII • M.Zuiko Digital ED 12mm F2.0
• PT-EP14 • PPO-E02

In the 20 years that I’ve been diving, I’ve taken a lot of photos; from seahorses measuring a mere centimetre to swimming elephants. But I’ve never encountered a dolphin. Until now.For this mission, we chose to search in a large area in the Bahamas which is home to around twenty dolphins. Everyone on the boat was on the lookout. As the hours passed, my hopes began to fade once again. There wasn’t a single dolphin fin to be seen across the wide expanse of water. My attention wandered after just two seconds, I gave up and went to do something else. […]

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What’s your story? 

To celebrate this very special day with you, we have prepared a raffle for you.
As first prize you can win a brand new TG-6 with its Underwater Case.
Second prize is the cool Tough Adventure Pack and the
Third prize is a practical H2O drink bottle

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Your Olympus Underwater Photography World

  • 9 years ago, I was in Japan as an exchange student and was able to visit Okinawa. I had no money to pay for diving as others, so I decided just to spent my time camping at the beach. Little did I know that diving wasn't necessary to see the beautiful coral reefs of Okinawa. Snorkeling just a few meters away from the beach, I was able to see what I still call "Nemo and his friends". I didn't know many of the fish by name, but I recognized them from the Pixar movie. Most of the time I just stood still watching the fish coming back and being curious about me. It was a truly incredible experience... Even when I saw a poisonous sea snake and swam as fast as I could back to the shore.
  • My best encounter underwater was when I met a white whale and also got some shots of him
  • Emporté par des rouleaux je pouvais nager à côté des poissons qui tout comme moi se faisait chahuté par les vagues. C était il y a plus de 15 ans !
  • Nunca olvidaré el verano de 2013. Haciendo snorkel en las islas Galápagos, de repente me vi rodeado de multitud de tiburones. Sentí que era uno más de ellos. La lástima fue que no pude hacer fotos, ya que no llevaba ninguna cámara sumergible.
  • My best experience was in Cabo de Gata, Almería. I never saw such quantity of fishes in the Mediterranean.
  • The most impressive moments for me were swimming in the glistening waters , placed in the luminous lagoon in Jamaica . As you move from being in the darkness , suddenly the water starts making flashes , it’s a wonderful experience but not for everyone cause the water of the lagoon is mixed with mug so it get’s very funny wanting to move without digging to deep in it . Strongly recommended!!!
  • My biggest encounter with the underwater world was in Mallorca about 10 years ago, when I was able to dive in one of its beaches and see myself surrounded by thousands of fish of different kinds. At that moment I felt small and saw how immense the world around us is. I would have loved to have a camera at that moment to capture those moments.
  • underwater lıke another lıfe. why we need to explore far lıfe in the space we have wonderfull lıfe under our feet means underwater more fantastic,nearist and cheapist
  • I learned how to dive in the fresh brown/green water of the Netherlands. A underwaterview more than 8 meters is a rare experience. Mostly it is about 1-3 meters. So the first time I went diving in the Caribean I was absolutely flabbergasted. The moment I went over the dropoff ans saw the coral wall going deep as far I could see, I almost forgot to breath.All those diferent colours, vegetation an animals!! I can still remember that moment. It almost made me cry.
  • Épave du donator a Giens !!!! Magnifique !!!!
  • The most impressive underwater encounter was swimming with Dolphins in MAuritius
  • My most impressive underwater encounter was my 200th dive. I dived at a coral reef in the Yaeyama region and I watched swarms of colorful fish.
  • I do diving and take pictures (I have a TG4)... or not. Sometimes I can spend the full dive trying to get the best pictiure I can from a very little thing, sometimes I feel like a hunter ready to shot by surprise, and sometimes I just dive, look, feel the place where I should not be, but I always take my camera with me, enjoy diving et "à plouf"! Eric
  • Snorkeling near Coral bay. Large mayestic manta rays, sharks and turtles. I was flashed for days!
  • I love seaurchins. They have a wonderful shape, texture and the colours change in different radiant tones especially when they are det. I am often in northern Denmark due to work and had the enormous pleasure of sailing with a Danish fisherman in his boat to catch sea urchins. This was a magnificient experience i will never forget.

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