My diving kit, My Camera and Myself
With a smile, I start this write up, as it took me back to whenI was 8 years old!! I was given my first camera, a Camera Box as a present and that had me all in for photography until today. I cannot remember myself without a camera ever since. Being Born in Sliema, also played a big role in my foundations. Living at the water’s edge one could easily fall in love with the sea and from childhood it became part of me. I always had a mask and fins available and loved watching the fish and sometimes catching octopus. I was happy enough with just snorkelling, until 1987 when I did my first dive with Martin Vella. Since than I never looked back!! Diving brought big changes in me. Being able to combine together my passions of photography and swimming, diving made me a better and more complete person. Within a year I did my SAA diving instructors Course and after the CMAS Instructor to be of better service to Atlam Sub Aqua Club . In 1987 the FUAM organized for the very first time an international underwater Photographic competition in Malta. With Martin Vella as buddy, we both participated using the same Nikonos camera!! I have many good achievements in the competitions organised by Atlam that help build up my passion and improved my skills in photography throughout the years. Together with my partner and model Antida, we won the BritishAirways Underwater Photographic Competition twice. And in the Blue Dolphin 1991 I placed third overall and First for best ambient Shot, in 1994, my Creative shot placed first over-all in. That same photo even placed me fourth overall internationally. Later that same year I was appointed by the FUAM to represent Malta in Milazzo Italy to participate in an international underwater photographic competition organised by the F.I.P.S (Federazione Italiana Pesca Sportiva). I felt a big responsibility representing my country! I did my best effort and ended placing second in the individual competition and helped Malta place in second place. What a moment it was hearing the Maltese National anthem while my name was being called during the presentation of the trophies . My first camera was the Sea &Sea amphibian camera, but, since five years I switched on to Digital. In the last Digital Blue Dolphin of Malta competition I participated with the Olyimpus C 5060 of which I came first in this category. Last year I invested in a housing for my SLR Canon 450D and always looking for that special shot having the thrill as if it were my first time taking a photo. One thing I feel very lucky about, is that my partner Antida is always there for me to help out in competitions as we practice all year round .ullamcorper mattis, pulvinar dapibus leo.