How would you like to be published in the pages of DIVE magazine? Well – here’s your chance!
For the next six months, we’d like to hear from our readers about their Diving Paradise. This could be your favourite destination, dive centre or liveaboard, and it could be anywhere in the world, from a remote tropical island in Asia to the rugged coastline of the North Atlantic, a liveaboard out on the open ocean or a popular dive resort.
We’d especially like to hear from dive professionals who have been living and diving in a particular location for at least six months, preferably longer, or divers who have been regularly visiting a particular destination over a number of years. Long enough that you’ve had a chance to immerse yourself (pun absolutely intended) in the location and its culture.
You don't have to be an expat, and it doesn't have to be a foreign holiday destination that you write about – it could be that you were born and raised and learned to dive in your home town and that’s why you love it so much.
We’ll put the best entries on our website and, at the end of September, we’ll pick a selection of winners to be published in the high-quality print edition of our magazine.
What we would like is a short report, around 800 – 1,200 words long, with some nice pictures from both above and below the water, about what attracted you to your location in the first place, why you love the diving there, and why you chose to live there.
We’d like to keep it balanced, and worldwide, so we’d like to hear from as many different destinations as possible. Clearly, some are more popular than others, so if we get 50 entries about a single place, we’ll pick the best and give somebody else a chance.
Each article we feature on the website will receive a link for the writer and the dive centre or liveaboard for which they work or with which they dive, plus a free subscription to the digital version of the magazine.
The best entries will be selected by our team and will receive a £100 gift voucher to spend on equipment, along with seeing their article in the print edition. This will run alongside our annual poll of Best Dive Destination which this year will include three categories - Destination (country), Resort and Liveaboard. We will run your articles in our Winter print edition along with the results of the poll.
Last year Indonesia was the clear winner. We will be asking for nominations to be included in our poll over the next few week.
Some small print about the entry:
- Closing date for the competition is 30 September 2017
- Please limit your submission to a single entry about a single destination, dive centre, liveaboard or resort
- Please only submit an article if you have a long-standing relationship with the destination, dive centre, liveaboard or resort that you're writing about. We'd like to publish pieces about places that have really engaged people long-term. rather than one-off holidays
- If you're a dive professional, tell us how long you've lived and worked there. If you're a repeat customer in the location, give us an idea of how many years and how regularly you've been visiting
- If you write about a destination, keep it fairly local. For example, you could write about Sharm or Hurghada, Ras Mohammed or Elphinstone Reef, but not 'Egypt'. Same for places like Raja Ampat, which covers multiple islands - keep it to a single island, rather than the entire collection
- If you're writing about a specific dive centre or liveaboard, you might wish to check you have the owner's permission to do so. We're sure they won't mind the publicity, but we're British, and very polite!
- if you are the owner of a dive centre or liveaboard, we'd prefer it if you focused more on the location than your own establishment. You can mention it, for sure, and we'll add links, but it would be better to write 'We set up Fred and Wilma's Dive Resort on the island of Atlantis because...' rather than 'Fred and Wilma's Dive Resort is the best place on Atlantis because...'
- Please submit a maximum of six photos per entry, at least two above the water
- Photos for the website should be landscape orientation with a minimum 1024x768 resolution, 72dpi. Please submit .png or .jpg formats, preferably not more than 300kb via e-mail, but DropBox or WeTransfer is also fine
- Photos for the print edition will need to be much higher quality than for the website, but we'll sort that out with the winners
- If the photographs are not your own, please make sure you have permission from the photographer to use them. We'll include a credit to the photographer or dive centre owner as applicable.