ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTORSDeborah Dickson-SmithTRAVEL CONSULTANT, SCUBA DIVER, WRITER AND PASSIONATE OCEAN LOVER

Deb fell in love with the underwater world on her very first dive, on the Great Barrier Reef over 25 years ago. Since then, Deb has built a career in travel media and has managed to travel (and dive) through most of the South Pacific and Southeast Asia - experiences Deb now uses to design tailor-made dive holiday experiences for her clients at Diveplanit Travel (www.diveplanit.com).

Deb and partner Simon Mallender launched Diveplanit in 2012, initially a blog to share dive travel experiences and highlight marine conservation issues. Diveplanit has since morphed into an online dive travel guide, content marketing agency and dive travel agency, with the purchase of Diversion Dive Travel in 2018.

When Deb’s not planning dive holidays for her clients – or writing blog posts on the Diveplanit Blog - she also writes for a number of travel publications, including Scuba Diver Magazine, Escape, Signature Luxury Travel, Get Lost, Vacations & Travel and several inflight magazines.

Stuart PhilpottUNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHER, DIVE INSTRUCTOR AND TECHNICAL DIVER

Stuart started out as an instructor working for a number of UK South Coast dive centres, but much preferred the quiet life behind a camera lens. He took the opportunity to open a photo centre at Taba Heights in Egypt during the mid 2000s and dived three to four times a day taking pictures of DSDs and visiting divers, as well as trying to manage the staff.

After leaving Egypt he took short-term jobs in South Africa and the Seychelles and then returned to the UK to carry on working freelance for a number of diving magazines.

Over the years he has been fortunate enough to have visited so many amazing countries, had far too many action-packed adventures and met some of the best characters ever. He enjoys taking pictures with divers in the composition - it doesn’t have to be any particular subject. It can be wrecks, scenery or marine life, tech or recreational. Every picture supposedly tells a story, and Stuart tries to make his pictures say ‘this could be you’.

Don SilcockADVENTURER, UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHER AND WORLD TRAVELLER

Originally from the north-west of England, Don left the UK back in 1977 for a one-year assignment in Libya… 14 years, four countries, a wife and two kids later, he and his family migrated to Australia.

Now Australian citizens, Don and his wife split their time between Sydney and their house on the island of Bali in Indonesia.

A passionate diver and underwater photographer, Don has dived extensively in Australia, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea for over 20 years. Plus, since catching the ‘big animal’ bug in 2014 with his first trip to Tonga for the annual gathering of southern humpback whales, he has travelled to the USA, Mexico, the Bahamas, Argentina, the Azores, Mozambique, South Africa and Japan to encounter and photograph the larger creatures that inhabit the oceans.

Don uses the articles he writes, and the images he takes on his trips, to populate his website: (www.infopacificimages.com).

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