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.
A small stuff in National Geographic (Russia) Magazine (November 2016) about the amazing inhabitant of the Lake of Baikal – gastropods turriformis. Photo: Viktor Lyagushkin, text by me, your humble servant.
Special thanks to Professor Dmitry Shcherbakov for an entertaining night conversation about snails 🙂
Well, it’s another reason for our collective pride. A feature story in the popular science magazine GEO (Russia) about environmental problems of Baikal. Unusual and ancient animals, Baikalian sponges are responsible for the purity of Baikal water. But something happened, and the epidemic broke out in the sponges. What happens at the bottom of Baikal, what do scientists do, and how to find the cause of the disease – in this piece for GEO, September 2016.
A feature story in 8/16 Unterwasser Diving Magazine
Few years ago scientists had some worries about big amounts of algae, which had been never part of the Baikal lake biosphere. The alien algae grew year by year and now it seized almost the whole part of the lake shore, up to depth of 40 m. The whys of it is a result of growing touristic activity and absence of normal water and waste water facilities.
The main problem is not the algae by itself, but the changes it started in the shallow waters. There are hundreds of endemic species living in Baikal are now threatened and may disappear within several years.
The planet will still have the lake as a reservoir of the fresh water, but as unique water body with unique life we may lost it forever.
We are very proud of the publication of the splendid Viktor Lyagushkin’s photograph of the Blue Lake (Caucasus, Russia) in all local editions of National Geographic Magazine in the section Visions of Earth. Will try to collect all the international issues!
Congratulations to Viktor Lyagushkin with publication in the VIEW Magazine. Editors featured one of his stunning photographs from the Third Element Project displaying bright weird pattern of the walls of the labyrinth of Sylvinite mine located at depth -400 m (Urals, Russia). Sylvinite was well known from the middle ages but its real value was discovered in 20th century. Potassium fertilisers produced of the sylvinite saved many countries of famine and crop failure.
These unusual shots had been taken by Viktor Lyagushkin in the Blue Lake (Caucasus, Russia). Editors of the Diver Magazine (Canada) choose the photographs for their December 2015 mini feature to show the beauty of the birds and highlight an unusual approach in underwater photography.
Nikon Ambassador Viktor Lyagushkin visited one of the most prominent radio stations of Russia “Silver Rain”. The story about projects, accidents and incidents, about birth of ideas and their materialisation in the interview with Viktor on the radio “Silver Rain”.
Interviews with all the Ambassadors, including Viktor can be reached here:
Here is an excuse for a little pride for our whole team. The most popular magazine in the Australasia – Scuba Diver Ocean Planet gave an appreciation of the achievements of our photographer Viktor Lyagushkin. He became a part of the 122 Inspiring Shooters feature in the 2015 Through The Lens Special Edition. In the edition Viktor was accompanies with Hans Hass, Todd Essik, David Doubilet and Bruce Mozert.
Online edition can be downloaded here
Problems of Lake Baikal are not just concern of Russia, it is an issue of all mankind. Baikal is a part of the UNESCO World Heritage List, and today its unique ecosystem is at risk. The article at the National Geographic site, illustrated with photos by Viktor Lyagushkin, is devoted to the problems of the lake.
Baikal piece at the NG site