After a four-year hiatus, UWPC was held again this year. As the organiser, we are honoured to have received many outstanding submissions. We sincerely thank everyone for their support, which made this event a success. In this issue of the magazine, we will showcase this year’s award-winning works and photographers, with the cover photo taken by Vanessa Mignon, the winner of the Best Cover award, featuring a Port Jackson shark.

If you’re up for a continuous wreck diving marathon, check out Ali’s insights into the Brockville dive site in Canada. Josh recommends the Julian Rocks Marine Reserve in Australia, where you can spot various marine giants. Anthony guides us to explore Museo Atlántico sculptures by UK artist Jason deCaires Taylor, offering a unique immersive diving experience.

In this issue, we had the privilege of interviewing Edward Lai, founder of Nauticam, who shared insights into entrepreneurship. We hope readers interested in underwater photography equipment or the diving industry will find it beneficial. Gillian introduces her first encounter with shark species – Lemon Sharks in the ocean. Kate generously provides a comprehensive guide to wide-angle underwater photography.

Shane shares his experience of clearing invasive European green crabs with the Vancouver Island Coastal Restoration Society, illustrating the impact of invasive species on local ecosystems and current control methods. Through these discussions, we hope to raise awareness that environmental conservation is a long-term commitment.


Executive Editor
Linda Khoo



Port Jackson sharks congregate in Jervis Bay, Australia, during spring and winter to breed. They use the rocks and crevices in the area to anchor their eggs. With plenty of kelp around the rocks, I attempted to capture photos of the sharks swimming atop the kelp in good sunlight. After several attempts at snorkeling, I finally had a nice sunny day with little swell. Although the water was very cold, eventually, through my persistence, this shark swam slowly on top of the kelp.

By Vanessa Mignon




Winner List of Underwater Photo Challenge 2024

By Underwater Photo Challenge (UWPC)

2024 DRT SHOW Taiwan: Uniting Divers for the Annual Grand Event

By Diving Resort Travel Expo (DRT SHOW)


Exploring the Transformation Journey of Nauticam Founder, Edward Lai

By Linda Khoo


Invasive and Highly Destructive European Crabs are Spreading along BC’s Coast

By Shane Gross


The Lemon Shark – The Shark That Returns to Where It Was Born

By Gillian Shark


Exploring the Depths of Brockville’s Scuba Paradise

By Ali Postma

Julian Rocks – Australia’s East Coast Gem

By Josh Blank

Museo Atlántico – When Immersion Means Emotion

By Anthony Leydet


The Journey of Competitive Freediving Training

By Natalie Rudman


How to Create Powerful Wide-Angle Underwater Images

By Kate Jonker


What Does it Take to Be a ‘Good Diver’?

By Simon Pridmore


Diver Fight Club

By DAN China


Niji Lu, China

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