Winning photos by Viktor Lyagushkin of the Through the Lens Contest had been published in the Scuba Diver Australasia 5/2013
Courtesy Ellen Cuylaerts for sharing this with us!
The amazing photo of white whale Petrovich by our photographer Viktor Lyagushkin, which won the Best Edit Award from National Geographic Headquarters, was so attractive, that it turned attention of another National Geographic regional magazine – Nordic.
Please meet Whale Petrovich in NG Nordic!
During our expedition to White sea, where we did a surprising discovery, Viktor made a shot of a 20 year old white whale named Petrovich. The beluga basked in the spring sunshine and was happy about spring coming.
The photo of whale Petrovich became popular; image with some info on white whales was published in National Geographic Russia Magazine (June 2013) and won the Best Edit Award from the National Geographic Headquarters! Congrats Viktor!
This morning I’ve received a warm email from Jesse Blackadder, the author of a great novell “Chasing the Light”. It reads: “I’m the author of the book that features one of your exquisite photos on the cover. I’d really like to link to your website for more information about that shot. … I’m sure my readers will be fascinated – I’ve had so many great comments about the cover!”
Dear Jesse, that is a good question, I’ll tell you the story with pleasure. The woman on this photo is Natalie Avseenko, twice world champion in freediving.
These two women (Natalie’s and your heroine) were seperated with 80 years and resided on the opposite ends of the earth, but their stories seem to have similar features. These two women are very feminine and strong at the same time; I think, it was their inner integrity and fidelity to themselves made them who they are.
The shot had been captured by Viktor Lyagushkin in the White sea, behind the North Polar Circle, 2011. In this project Natalie freedived naked with white whales. Swimming with belugas was her child dream, but why she was naked? Continue reading
The story behind the scene is always very intriguing. So I want to tell you about the story of “On the Edge” documentary. We had strated our training at Lazurny quarry, our friends DivExpert home site. Visibility there is great all the year around, no fish, but surrealistic underwater landscape with green pine trees staying at the bottom.
Borders, bank systems and post services are not an issue for us anymore.
Now you may order any poster or art print or greeting card with any of our pictures here:
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Do you know, what had happened to Natalie that she became Princess of Whales?
belugas Nilma and Matryona.
The story takes place on the White Sea at the “Polar Circle” dive center (Polar Circle, Kolsky peninsula, Russia) and at DiveXpert diving center (Lazurny quarry, Urals, Russia)
Please, do not think that the documentary just chronicling our adventure at White Sea. This is a movie about dream. A child dream which comes true through courage, determination and honest attitude. Continue reading
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