New York, a mecca of art and culture, now has an outlet for underwater photographers and videographers of all levels to share and learn about the world of underwater imagery, scuba diving, and marine conservation. During an age of increased awareness of the perilous state of our world’s oceans, the New York Underwater Photo Society will provide a forum for divers and photographers to share the beauty of the marine environment as well as the atrocities that occur in the ocean’s every day.
NYUPS aims to bring together underwater photography and video enthusiasts and professionals from the tri-state area. The society will be open to novices, amateurs and pros. Even those from outside the region are welcome to become members. NYUPS provides a forum to meet new friends who share similar underwater interests. Members will participate in monthly workshops, photo & video contests and exhibitions. Meetings will take place in Manhattan, at a location TBA. Exciting monthly featured speakers will include internationally renowned photographers, filmmakers, marine biologists, explorers, and adventurers from around the world.
“Underwater photo societies operating in other markets such as California, Florida, Texas, or Hawaii for example, have been successful in bringing together a community of like minded people who share more than an interest – they share a passion – for diving and underwater imagery. New York, with our large number of divers and underwater photographers has not had such a forum…until now”, says Jason Heller, NYUPS President.
To register for more information and details on the first meeting, scheduled for mid-April, please visit the society’s website at www.NYUPS.org.
Beginning in 2008, NYUPS will host annual photo expeditions to some of the world’s most bio-diverse hot spots. The society will also launch an international underwater photo and video competition & festival.