I am happy to announce that I was one of the 10 finalists in this years Save Our Seas Photography Grant competition. Awesome too see some recognition for the photography I so much love to create. In the end I was disappointed not to reach the final two photographers who would get the opportunity to compete for winning this competition. Both of them would get a 3 week assignment to document a Project funded by Save Our Seas. Both of them would be able to present their work on some events as well.
We left Drake by boat and bus and headed for the Panamanean border. The border crossing took us ages. During our wait for more than two hours to clear customs I ran a few blocks to get us a burger king meal while Sandy guarded our spot in the queue. We had almost starved to death in that queue.
In an attempt to become more comfortable freedivers Sandy and I signed up for a freediving course with Enker Freediving. Understanding what factors affect the duration of our stay underwater and learning (how) to listen to the signals our body gives us during freediving, should enable us to extend our stay down below on one breath safely.
After the long winter we all expected spring to arrive during April and May, however even in these months there were only a few nice days to be enjoyed. The consequence was that the water temperature has been low for a very long time. This year we experienced hail and freezing temperatures still while we were diving with sepia's last year on the 4th of May. This postponed my return to the water as well. Despite these temperatures we went for a trip to Ireland, more specifically on the West coast of Ireland in County Clare.
Getting around in 3rd world countries like Mozambique is a wicked experience, but sometimes hard and painstakingly slow. Using guided tours/travel often is the easiest way to go, but most of the time less memorable since you travel amongst other tourists with western habits, language and attitude. Travelling by public transport gives a traveller the best feeling for a country, the culture and its people. That is the way I like to travel, however on some of those days you get more than you bargained for..