On April 29, Vitya Lyagushkin and I had the honor to attend the presentation of the May (2017) issue of National Geographic (Georgia) Magazine, as well as the premiere screening of the film The Genius about Albert Einstein, to which the issue of the magazine is also dedicated. To our regret, we understood little from the movie, since it was in Georgian, but appreciated the excellent work of the magazine team and the high level of organization of the event.
The presentation had been held in the inner courtyard of the National Museum of Georgia. The wine was magnificent, the buffet was wonderful, the atmosphere was friendly.
Dear new National Geographic (Georgia) Editor-in-Chief Natia Khuluzauri, thank you for inviting us, it was a big pleasure to be there!
Just received by mail a material about the creativity of our permanent leader Viktor Lyagushkin in the Chinese photographic magazine. We did not remember its name and can not pronounce it, but we should note that the hieroglyphs are combining surprisingly well with the gypsum fractures of the walls of the underwater Orda cave (Urals, Russia) the photo of which opens the article.
Feature includes interview with Viktor and his photographs of Orda Cave and Blue Lake (Russia).
“Coming this January 2017, we bring you the most inspiring images from some of the industry’s greatest photographers.” – the Editors say. And we are proud to be part of this wonderful edition with Baikal and White Sea images by Viktor Lyagushkin under the magazine cover with outstanding image by Paul Nicklen.
A couple of weeks ago me and Viktor Lyagushkin became winners of the All-Russian Contest “Window Into The Nature” with the feature story for GEO (Russia) Sept 2016 dedicated to the Baikal issues.
Many thanks to our friends from Baikal Limnological Institute for opportunity to join their circum-Baikal expedition 2016, on the results of which the feature had been written, and to GEO editorials for the engagement and help in the creation of the story.
Another victory! Our clip #Seagull received the high award – the Grand Prix of the 8th International Independent Internet Short Film Festival in the category “Short Film.” Congratulations to all who have helped, directly or indirectly, and it is your well-deserved victory. Thanks to those who supported our project on the crowdfunding site Boomstarter, who came to Lazurny Quarry, where the filming had been set, and helped us above and below the ice, who just sent rays of luck.
And of course, we are glad to thank our sponsors: Nikon, SUBAL, SanDisk, Scurion for technical support.
My feature story in DIVER magazine looks so beautiful and inspiring.
It tells of the difficulties we had to overcome in order to complete the project, about what is happening behind the scenes, well, you will know more reading the piece.
photo: Vladimir Babenko
The PHOTOTEAM.PRO presented to the general diving public their last project #Seagull during the Moscow Dive Show 2017 which took place in early February. Incomparable Natalie Avseenko told about all the twists and turns that had to overcome the team members to complete the project. Also Natalie showed movies on the big screen: music video #Seagull and the documentary #Seagull: Finding of Wings.
photo: Vladimir Babenko
A drop of Georgian mood by me and Viktor Lyagushkin in the Canadian Magazine DIVER (v 41, #8).
With its old traditions of hospitality, Georgia is one of my favourite countries in the world. Wish you, my reader, to visit in Georgia some day and dive one of its unique diving locations.
Just visited Moscow office of the Red Bull company, where we were happy to receive a copy of the book with photographs choosed by Jury of the Red Bull Illume 2016 Contest, with amazing photo by Viktor Lyagushkin Accountant with free diver Igor Azhykin sitting at the office table under the ice of Tver Quarry. According to results of the contest Viktor became a semifinalist in category Spirit.
The book has a limited circulation not for sell. The proud owners of all the copies are winners, finalists and semifinalists of the contest. Viktor’s copy has a number #0329.
Friday, December 16, 2016 the opening of the 20-th International Underwater Film Festival in Belgrade started with our short movie #Seagull. At Sunday night I received an email with winners list, where I found my name and movie’s title.
1st place in the Independent Category on one of the oldest festivals of underwater movies! I still cannot believe that my debut get such a high estimation!
It is the victory of the entire team: operators Kirill Ivanov and Andrei Vertogradov; safety divers Andrei Dmitriev and Andrei Kenkurogov, the support team on the surface, a friendly team Wind Channel, which helped with the post-production. And of course, the incomparable Natalie Avseenko that perfectly played the role of Seagull.
Congratulations to all participants; to everyone who supported us on Boomstarter; all companies that provided technical support: the company Nikon (Russia), SUBAL Underwater Housings (Austria), SanDisk (Russia) and Scurion (Switzerland).
To catch a glance at a #Seagull leading the list of winners at the Festival site click here