The #Seagull Wins The First Contest!

20-festival-klipFriday, 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

#Seagull Project is nominated for Crystal Peak Award – 2016

Our most important project of this year with Natalie Avseenko – the #Seagull Project is nominated by Risk.ru Portal Editors for the Crystal Peak Award – 2016 in the category “Outdoor Project”.

The Crystal Peak Award has been held for 10 years, and we are very pleased to be among the nominees in this anniversary year. The winner will be determined by secret ballot, so we just have to keep fingers crossed. By the end of the month we will know the winner!

Diver Under the Stars on the Ogonyok Cover

ogonek_40_001One of the most famous Viktor Lyagushkin’s photo from Blue Lake (Kabardino-Balkaria Russia) appeared on the cover of the magazine Ogonyok №40, October 10, 2016.

As a child, I was looking forward to meeting with the magazine, there were so many interesting things to read! And when it was read from cover to cover, we started to work a famous Ogonyok’s crossword. I now understand that the name of the magazine is foolish, in Soviet times it was used for printed media. But “Ogonyok” has become so iconic that now its name should be pronounced with aspiration. And to be on its cover is a great honor. But I caught myself on the fact that I do not want to read the material to which  the photograph relates, but more want to solve a crossword puzzle. Yes, the one on the last page.

To Stay Alive – Feature Story in GEO Magazine

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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.

#Seagull Project Exhibition in Moscow

priglashenieFrom July 26 to August 12, 2016 in a cozy Loft at Malaya Ordynka (str. Malaya Ordynka, 25, Moscow, Russia) owned by our wonderful friend Helen Marshall, an exhibition had been held, which was first presented photos from the project #Seagull, as well as first-run documentaries and feature short films from the Project.

Many thanks to Elena and her team for their help in organizing the event and exhibition design. Thank you, Elena, everything had been done highly professionally!

Baikal Lake Ecological Issues Featured on Pages of Unterwasser Diving Magazine

Alien Algae in Baikal

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.