Imagine building a portfolio of one-of-a-kind underwater portraits in the serene, private setting of a Maldivian Atoll. A place where you're photographing skilled underwater models against the backdrop of pristine coral reefs and large marine mammals while also funding local ocean conservation efforts.... Now you don't have to just dream it; you can experience it.
Professional underwater photographer Chiara Salomoni leads a once-in-a-lifetime 6 day, 5 night all-inclusive masterclass at the Palm Beach Island Resort in the Maldives on Lhaviyani Atoll, Nov 12th-17th, 2018.
This customized workshop enables scuba-divers and photographers alike to gain technical mastery in every aspect of underwater portraiture, working in a variety of settings from pool to open-water shallows and even deep ocean scenes with marine mammals.
Expert underwater models Christine Ren and Syrena, Singapore's premier mermaid performer, will pose as the subjects and provide training on how to work safely with both non-models and models in the water.
But the best part is 10% of the trip's proceeds are reinvested locally into marine conservation projects. Travel somewhere beautiful, learn amazing new skills, and save the ocean - what's not to love?
This is an all-inclusive trip: Accommodations, local transportation, meals, gear rentals, boat dives are all included. Airfare is separate and students must bring their own camera. DicaPac underwater housing bags will be provided for each student or we can recommend a place to rent an underwater housing for your camera before the trip.
Experience: Scuba experience is encouraged, but not mandatory. This trip accommodates divers and non-divers alike, with epic backgrounds either at depth or closer to the water's surface.
Divers and photographers who are looking for a unique experience with a philanthropic component will also find our offering as a culmination of these desires.
Amateur and professional photographers looking to expand their client offerings to include underwater maternity, couple and/or wedding shots will find this course to cover precisely the skills they need.
Scuba-divers who are interested in learning the art of photographing subjects other than marine life underwater will find this masterclass as one of the only available with a focus on human portraiture.
You’ll be staying for five beautiful nights in the quiet, authentic Maldivian ambiance of Palm Beach Resort, complete with infinity swimming pools, A/C, wifi, laundry, and a serene natural setting. Each island in the Maldives is so small, most only have one resort per island - essentially for the duration of this workshop, you'll feel like you're on your own private island. Walking distance to crystal clear water and sandy beaches, the resort will serve as a homebase for our group with modern-style bathrooms and open-air restaurants. View more photos and information at http://www.palmbeachmaldives.com.
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To reserve a spot for the retreat, a 50% deposit is required. The second installment is due Sept 15th, 2018. Credit and debit card payments accepted securely through Paypal or Venmo.
Chiara Salomoni is a renowned photographer specialized in underwater wildlife and fashion. Her underwater portraiture is known for its signature ethereal style; viewable here. Chiara grew up in Italy, experiencing the beauty of the sea since a really young age. In 2010, she graduated from the Brera Academy of Fine Arts in Milan and then moved to California to study photography at the Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara. Chiara is also the founder of Mermaids for Change, an organization built around education, ocean conservation and photography.
Named 1 of 5 women in media changing the world by Matador Network, Christine Ren, also known as The Underwater Woman, is a filmmaker and underwater performer dedicated to advancing social and environmental causes. She holds her Master’s degree in Marine Affairs & Policy from the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS). Her narrative underwater imagery campaigns have been featured to-date by Nat Geo, KQED, FStoppers, Petapixel, Phoblographer, and more, embodying the idea that ocean conservation is a human issue.
The threats facing coral reefs today are many - global warming-induced ocean acidification, bleaching due to increased ocean temperatures, local tourism and run-off stressors to name only a few. The pace of global reef damage due to climate change, in particular, is harrowing.
For the Maldives, coral reef health is critically important. As an island nation, the Maldives are sustained economically primarily through tourism and fisheries. This is why 10% of profits from this masterclass will be donated to the Global Coral Reef Alliance.
This 501(3)c non-profit invented and developed the Biorock method of electrical coral reef and marine ecosystem restoration and are actively engaged in implementing new Biorock constructions for reef restoration in the Maldives.
The Biorock process works by constructing electrode frames 12 metres across which are electrified typically trough solar energy. The calcium carbonate coating that is created mimics the natural coral reef substrate, with coral actually flourishing 3 to 4 times faster on electrified reef, since they are able to use more energy for reproduction, rather than protection, while also making the coral more resilient to environmental disasters.
These underwater constructions molded with Biorock materials have earned the nickname "coral arks" and for good reason.