Speakers

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Joyce Tang (HongKong)

ADEX 2017 Ocean Ambassador
Joyce Tang is a Hong Kong actress and PADI Rescue Diver. She played one of the main roles in the movie “Armed Reaction” and also acted in many other television series including “Dragon”, “Step Into the Past”, “Wars of In-Laws II” and “Who Loved Women”. Joyce loves the serenity and beauty of the ocean, especially the marine life in it, which has made her determined to save the ocean.
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Yorko Summer (Taiwan)

ADEX Ambassador for Photography (Greater China)
Yorko Summer is a well-known underwater photographer from Taiwan, with more than 6,000 dives in his 15 years of scuba diving. Apart from being a senior diving instructor, Yorko is also an experienced travel journalist, photography lecturer and underwater photography competition judge. He has collaborated with reputed brands, and has been invited by the tourism boards of many countries as a tourism ambassador to promote local diving sites, including Taiwan’s Green Island.
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Ngo Ka Nin (Hong Kong)

ADEX 2017 Ocean Ambassador (Greater China) /Celebrity Speaker
Ngo Ka-nin is a renown Hong Kong actor, host and full-time artiste of TVB. Ngo won numerous awards over the years and is perhaps best known for his role as Chiang Bit-man in the 2009 drama Rosy Business, which earned him the Most Improved Actor award and a Best Supporting Actor nomination at the 2009 TVB Anniversary Awards. His popularity got a further boost when he delivered a sterling performance as Tong Gat in No Regrets.
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Aolin Wang (China)

ADEX Ambassador for Freediving (Greater China)
Wang Ao Lin is a freediving athlete. In 2015, he founded “Jie Ta Freediving School”. Ao Lin is also the president of China’s AIDA International Freediving Association. He represented his country in the AIDA Individual Apnea Depth World Championship in the same year and set National records in 3 different categories.
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Alan Lo (Hong Kong)

ADEX Ambassador for Macro Photography
Alan Lo is a commercial photographer based in Hong Kong and a scuba diving aficionado. Alan Lo has also been selected as “the world’s top 50 underwater photographer” for Blancpain’s “Edition Fifty Fathoms” . Alan Lo is also the only spokesperson for Seacam Hong Kong in the world’s top diving camera shell brand.
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Doudou (China)

ADEX Ambassador for Marine Conversation
Fascinated by outdoor sports since young, Doudou has travelled to over a hundred countries to capture the beauty of the diverse life . She teamed up with China’s CCTV to photograph the most spectacular animal migration documentary on the sea floor, and was described as “the woman playing with sharks” in a Chinese best—seller.
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Yuri Chan (Hong Kong)

ADEX Ambassador for Mermaids (Greater China)e
Yuri Chan is the founder of the Mermaid Star (HK) Academy, a film actor, singer, and an ex-TVB artist. Yuri wanted to become a mermaid since her childhood and started a mermaid course in 2016 – the only mermaid course in Hong Kong. She wants to promote the mermaid art all around the world.

Tova Harel

Conservation
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Nicole Helgason (USA)

Conservation
Nicole (Nikki) Helgason is a Dive Instructor with ten years of professional dive experience. Nicole has taught scuba diving in Canada, Dominican Republic, Honduras, Indonesia, and has managed dive centers in Mozambique, and Baja, Mexico. Nicole has a Bachelors degree in Coastal Geography from the University of Victoria and is passionate about coral restoration and coral reefs. Nicole is the creator of the website www.reefdivers.io an online source for divers to stay up to date with scuba news and learn more about coral identification.
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Alexey Molchanov (Russia)

ADEX FREEDIVING AMBASSADOR (MALE)
Alexey Molchanov has set the new Constant Weight (CWT) Freediving World Record. The freediving superstar broke his own AIDA World Record in Constant Weight (CWT) by diving to 129m in 3min 50sec. Despite strong currents, this record beat his previous World Record depth of 128m set in 2013 at the AIDA Depth World Championships in Kalamata, Greece.
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Jean-Pol Francois (Belgium/Phillippines)

ADEX Ambassador For Freediving
JP is a professional Freediving Instructor, Head of Education at AIDA International and PADI IT. National and World records hold and over 25 years of freediving experience, JP has travelled South-East Asia to develop a free diving community and is recognised as the Godfather of Freediving instructors, and also as the Godfather of most AIDA Judges worldwide.
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Dada Li (China)

ADEX Ambassador for Freediving
Dada Li is the first Chinese female PADI Master Freediver Instructor and AIDA international freediving instructor and Judge. She single handedly created the first professional underwater performance team comprising of freedivers. She has been interviewed by Reuters, China Central Television, Guangdong TV, Jiangsu TV and other well-known media.
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Pepe Arcos (Spain)

ADEX Honorary Ambassador for Filmmaking
Former Freediving champion and now a full time photographer and filmmaker, Pepe Arcos is an award winning multitalented shooter that explores this underwater domain, holding breath for minutes at a time to capture unique images of ethereal calm. A talented individual who dodge even greater odds to document aspects of the underwater world that even the fastest scuba diver will fail to capture.
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Suzy Lim (HongKong)

Freediving
Suzy’s love of the Ocean and its inhabitants began during her youth, and she is now using her freediving skills to collaborate with Project:C:Change, an organisation dedicated to generate awareness in China and Asia about global environmental degradation, climate change and conservation through Media Arts. She is a PADI and AIDA Master freediver Instructor and an AIDA International Judge. She is the Co-founder of Freediving Planet, a name dedicated to provide worldwide quality freediving education and top freediving equipment.
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Eve Young (China)

ADEX Kids Education AMBASSADOR 2017 – 2018 GREATER CHINA
Eve Young, freelance writer, Sea Shepherd’s coral-breeding Instructor, Ambassador for Swarovski Optics and head of Swarovski Marine Conservation Education Program and founder of the MissVsea Marine Solution Workshop. She organises marine conservation forums, sharing research on marine conservation efforts, educating and raising public awareness for the protection of the ocean.
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Victoria Long (USA)

Mermaid
Mermaid Viktoria is a professional mermaid in the Washington D.C Metro area. Having grown up overseas, she has swam in many bodies of water, and been exposed to different culture’s mermaid lore which piqued her interest in these mythical creatures at a young age. With a background in marine studies, Viktoria loves to incorporate education into her appearances because she is passionate about our oceans and ways to promote conservation efforts. She has performed for children’s birthdays, community events, traveling underwater tank shows, private company parties and more. Mermaid Viktoria has made appearances in several newspapers, online and international articles, ABC News Nightline and at National Geographic Headquarters in Washington D.C’
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Moon Zheng (China)

Mermaid
Moon Zheng is a national diver, professional dive instructor and dive competition judge based in Guangdong, China. In 2016, Moon was the coach at a mermaid school and pioneered a science-based mermaid training programme used to develop Asia’s first team of young mermaids aged 7 to 14. This team was invited to ADEX Shenzhen in 2017 as special guests. In addition, Moon’s student Li Lu clinched the title of champion at ADEX Shenzhen 2017’s inaugural mermaid challenge. Moon hopes to use her personal experience and professional expertise to promote the mermaid industry, thereby cultivating greater awareness about marine and shark conservation among the public.
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Heart Chen (10 yrs old) (China)

Mermaid
陈心辰,10岁的精灵,自然之子,热爱田野与天空,钟情大地与海洋,对运动、色彩有奇异天份,爱动物、爱伙伴,比起书本和课堂,更爱操场和剧场,相比文字与符号,更擅手工与美食,这个小女生,期待着来自成人世界的更多发现的眼睛、更多双接纳的怀抱!
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Hidy Yu (Hong Kong)

Mermaid – ADEX MERMAID AMBASSADOR – CELEBRITY
Hidy (余曉彤) started modeling at a young age of 18 and was the 2011 Miss Scuba International Ambassador. She is a dive instructor qualified by NAUI (National Association of Underwater Instructors) and also the Naui Worldwide Ambassador. Hidy has participated in 3 action movies[Kick Ass Girls, 紅毛道士, Special Female Force (in production).
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Lilu (China)

ADEX MERMAID AMBASSADOR – WINNER of ADEX Mermaid Challenge 2017
Having been in aquatics for 20 years, becoming a mermaid has always been a childhood dream for Li Lu. She learned synchronised swimming at the tender age of six, and entered the national team when she was 12 years old. Due to an injury, Li Lu retired from the Olympics in 2008. She then discovered the art of mermaiding. In 2017, she earned the title of Champion for ADEX Shenzhen 2017 Mermaid Challenge. Now, she dons her fins proudly, doing all she can to protect our seas.
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Syrena (Singapore)

ADEX MERMAID AMBASSADOR 2017 – 2018
Syrena, Singapore’s First Mermaid, has been making waves as Singapore’s first ever professional mermaid, as well as the founder of the Singapore Mermaid School. She is forging a new mermaid movement in Asia: one that champions strength, beauty, and love as the core values of every siren of the seas. The Singapore Mermaid School is the first of its kind! Blending mermaid theory and physicality, it immerses students in a holistic mermaid experience that’s the experience of a lifetime.
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Martin Zapanta (Phillipines)

Photo Video
A professional photographer and filmmaker. He has a strong technical background and keen eye for detail with seven years of experience in Photography and Filmmaking. His underwater work has been featured in Redbull, ABS-CBN, GMA Network, Choose Philippines, The Manila Bulletin Newspaper, Southern Living Magazine, Smile Magazine, Hawaii Skin Diver Magazine, Freedive Magazine, The Bohol Chronicle Newspaper and many others – all images were taken during freediving, no breathing apparatus was ever used. Martin can execute projects on all budget levels with his wide range of skills which include conceptualizing, photography, filming, editing and color grading. Martin is also the current national record holder in two freediving disciplines, Free Immersion and Constant Weight No Fins.

Joe Romeiro (USA)

Photo Video
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Tanya Houppermans (USA)

Photo Video
Unlike some other underwater photographers, Tanya’s career did not begin in underwater photography, but remained an unfulfilled dream. In 2015, she left the corporate world to pursue underwater photography and marine conservation full-time, earning numerous major international awards such as two First Place prizes in the categories of ‘Sharks’ and ‘Shipwrecks’ in the 2015 World Shootout. She was also awarded the title of Grand Master in Underwaterphotography.com’s 2016 Annual Awards.
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Tim Ho (Malaysia)

Photo Video – ADEX AMBASSADOR (compact camera)
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Aaron Wong (Singapore)

ADEX PHOTOGRAPHY AMBASSADOR
Aaron Wong is one of the most published and recognised underwater photographers in Asia. With over a decade of field experience, Aaronís images and his trademark lighting technique have won him international acclaim. He is also the official ADEX Ambassador of Photography.
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Bart Lukasik

ADEX PHOTOGRAPHY AMBASSADOR
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Dharshana Jayawarena (Sri Lanka)

Tekdive
Dharshana Jayawardena, field editor for Asian Diver magazine, is an underwater photojournalist, and author of “Ghosts of the Deep – Diving the shipwrecks of Sri Lanka”. He is the editor of DiveSrilanka.com, which he founded in 2004 to bring the marvels of scuba diving sites around the coast of Sri Lanka, to the attention of the diving world. Dharshana’s solo explorations as a technical wreck diving sleuth in identifying many mystery wrecks has been acclaimed internationally, most significantly, his recovery of the bell of the World War I SS Worcestershire sunk in 1917, and his discovery of the aircraft wreckage of the World War II RAF Dutch Squadron patrol bomber Y-78, that crashed in 1943.
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Edd Stockdale (Australia)

Tekdive
Edd Stockdale is an instructor and instructor trainer for multiple agencies he spends much of his time training people around the planet while also writing training manuals for technical agencies. In recent years Edd has been concentrating predominately in both technical and scientific diving, combining the two of the purposes of research expeditions.
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Evan Kovacs (USA)

Tekdive
Evan works with the Advanced Imaging and Visualization Lab at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution where he has been involved in and led numerous expeditions utilizing remotely operated vehicles (“ROVs”), submersibles and technical diving to survey and film everything from the R.M.S. Titanic to deep sea hydrothermal vents to underwater mountains off the New England coast. Evan also owns and operates Marine Imaging Technologies, LLC, a company that specializes in imaging the underwater world for documentary, science, and survey purposes. During the past 15 years, Evan has helped build and operate numerous HD, 3D, 4k and 8K imaging systems to film both above and below the water for broadcast television, museums, scientists and institutions across the world. His underwater and topside work can be seen on National Geographic, History Channel, Discovery Channel, PBS, CBC, BBC, NHK and elsewhere.
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Matt Carter (Australia)

Tekdive
Matt Carter is the leading technical diving maritime archaeologist in Australasia and is passionate about furthering the links between academic archaeological research and the technical diving community to explore shipwrecks outside of recreational diving limitsMatt is currently completing a PhD, where he is the primary investigator for ‘The First Ships Project’, which investigates the archaeology of the earliest ships built in New Zealand. He is also leading a project to work collaboratively with technical divers to 3D map deep shipwrecks around Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific.
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Randy Thornton (USA)

Tekdive
Randy Thornton, owner of Dive Addicts and SubGravity has been actively diving rebreathers for 25 years. A TDI Instructor Trainer Evaluator, as well as a member of the TDI Training Advisory Panel, Randy enjoys teaching all levels of scuba diving from beginning students through CCR Advanced Mixed Gas and CCR Cave. Randy’s real passion is cave and wreck diving and he is actively exploring several new projects in Florida, Mexico and Utah. Randy is also the founder of TEKDiveUSA.
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Alex Santos (Philippines)

Tekdive
A passionate cave explorer, Alex Santos has trained and certified numerous cave divers. He is a member of the Filipino Cave Divers (FCD), a group of selected individuals with various talents and spacialties aimed at the scientific exploration and study of underwater caves in the Philippines, with a mandate from the government.
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Becky Kagan Schott (USA)

Filmfest/Tekdive
Becky Kagan Schott is a 5 time Emmy Award-winning underwater cameraman, photographer, and technical scuba Instructor whose work can be seen on major networks including National Geographic, Discovery Channel, and Travel Channel. She specializes in bringing back video from extreme environments including caves, deep wrecks, and under ice. Her experience working in remote locations around the world has earned her a reputation of producing quality images in challenging places.

Jill Heinerth (USA)

Tekdive
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Richie Kohler (USA)

Filmfest/Tekdive
Richie Kohler is a filmmaker, author and explorer. The subject of the best-selling book, “Shadow Divers” the New York Times bestseller is soon to be a major motion picture by Universal Studios. Host of the popular History Channel program “Deep Sea Detectives”, Kohler has produced numerous other television programs detailing his explorations on some of the most famous shipwrecks in the world, including the Andrea Doria, RMS Titanic, and the HMHS Britannic. Kohler has worked on film projects for Paramount Pictures, CBS, PBS/NOVA, National Geographic, Discovery Channel, Universal Studios.

Dawn Kernagis (USA)

Tekdive
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Beatrice Rivoira (Italy)

Tekdive
Beatrice is an Italian marine biologist and addicted scuba diver. She has started at the age of 16 following her brother and father’s footsteps and never stopped since. Her passion for marine life and scuba diving influenced her study path and, in 2011, she completed her university period with a Master’s degree in Marine & Oceanographical biology. Simultaneously she continued with her diving career working for many years in some of the most beautiful islands of the Mediterrean Sea (Isola d’Elba and Sardegna) and on the reefs of Pulau Bangka (Indonesia).

Nadir Quarta (Switzerland)

Tekdive

Tiffany Norberg (Sweden)

Tekdive
Having started diving in 2004, Tiffany has become one of the top Scandinavian female technical divers and explorers, specialising in cold water diving on both coasts and the freshwater lakes of Sweden. In 2016 she was invited to join the wreck exploration team Badewanne, who explore the eastern Baltic locating and identifying wrecks in some of the deepest depths that can be found. She shares her passion as an instructor; teaching both recreational and technical courses in both Sweden and Australia as a member of the Gradient Technical team.
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David Strike (Australia)

ADEX TEKDIVING AMBASSADOR
With a strong background in military, commercial, recreational and technical diving, David Strike has dived extensively around the Asia-Pacific region, has authored several hundred articles about diving, and has organised several world class technical diving events. He is the recipient of the ADEX ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ for contributions to Technical Diving, and a Fellow of the Explorers Club of New York.
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Wu Li Xin (China)

ADEX TEKDIVING AMBASSADOR 2017 – 2018 GREATER CHINA
Lixin Wu is a tek diver and professional underwater photographer who has many accolades to his name, such as the Silver award for macro photography at the 11th World Underwater Photography Championships. Wu is also a contract photographer with Chinese National Geography, as well as a member of the China Artistic Photography Academy.
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Fabrice Schnoller (KIV)

PhotovVideo
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Markus Roth (Germany)

PhotovVideo
As the son of Hans-Alfred Roth, a well-known sports photographer, Markus Roth’s fascination with capturing moments on film started from young. Since 2004, he has been addicted to the underwater world, with his camera as his constant companion. His pictures and articles have been published in magazines and newspapers world wide such as TAUCHEN, UNTERWASSER, Asian Diver, Sport Diving (Australia) and Geolino. He was “Photographer of the Week” at Dive Photo Guide and was invited to speak at numerous International Dive Shows.

Jillian Morris (USA)

Conservation
Jillian Morris is a shark conservationist, award winning photographer, videographer and marine biologist. In 2012, she founded Sharks4Kids, Inc., a non-profit organisation focused on creating the next generation of shark advocates through education, outreach and adventure. Through this programme, Jillian hopes to share shark education and conservation with students across the world. She published her first children’s book called Norman the Nurse Shark in June 2016. She is currently involved in a shark research project in the Dutch Caribbean.
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Paul Friese (USA)

Conservation
Paul Friese founded Bali Sharks Rescue Center, an alternative to unsustainable fishing, saving 205+ sharks. The center solves marine trophic cascade by reintroducing the sharks into coral propagation and marine protected areas. Other achievements include scientific firsts and exposing Illegal Unreported Unregulated fisheries which included Human Trafficking practices.

Amanda Cotton (USA)

PhotovVideo
Amanda Cotton is an underwater photographer and ocean enthusiast. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Professional Photography while attending Brooks Institute of Photography, where she participated in the highly acclaimed Underseas Program established by Ernie Brooks. She has received numerous awards for her photography including several from the International Photographers Awards (IPA), Celebrate The Sea, and the Underwater Photography Annual Awards. Amanda was inducted into the Women Divers Hall of Fame in 2015.​ Her imagery has been published in major publications and news sources worldwide.

Sachiko Fukumoto (Japan)

PhotoVideo

David McCann (Malaysia)

Conservation
​David McCann is a Conservation Manager for Scuba Junkie SEAS on Mabul Island, Sabah, Malaysia. He hails from Ireland where he gained his BSc Marine Biology and MSc Environmental Management & Conservation Biology at Queen’s University Belfast. His current work includes raising awareness of marine conservation issues, as well as developing and implementing solutions. This includes running a turtle hatchery and rehabilitation centre, carrying out reef health check surveys and reef restoration, tackling marine debris through reef and beach clean-ups and community engagement, an active member of the Sabah Shark Protection Association and running five annual conservation weeks.
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Jim Chen (Taiwan)

PhotovVideo
Jim Chen loves extreme sports and underwater photography, combining both adventure and art creation. In 2007, he was certified as an open water diver and in 2008, his underwater photography journey began. He also received exclusive interviews from British Daily Mail, Apple Daily, TVBS and other media.
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Lynn Wu (Taiwan)

PhotoVideo
Lynn found a passion for the underwater world during a trip to Palau in 2006. She likes taking macro objects and her works have been published in various magazines and newspapers, she also won several awards including the Compact Camera Photo of the Year for Deepblu ADEX Voice of the Ocean 2016.

Imran Ahmad (Singapore)

PhotoVideo
Imran Ahmad is Asia’s most celebrated and internationally published underwater photographer. He has been capturing the magnificence of life both below and above the water’s surface for over 20 years. Known for his “experimental photography with light and motion”style, he is an ambassador for Blancpain Ocean Commitment, SEACAM (Austria), RGBlue Lights (Japan), DEEPBLU and a member of the Ocean Artist Society (USA).

Andy Cornis (WWF)

Conservation
Dr Cornish is a marine ecologist who co-authored the field-guide “Reef Fishes of Hong Kong” while studying for his doctorate at the University of Hong Kong. Currently he leads WWF’s global programme to conserve sharks and rays, Sharks: Restoring the Balance, a major initiative that works in more than twelve countries to improve the management of shark and ray fisheries and tourism operations, reduce demand for unsustainable products, and move the international trade in sharks and rays toward sustainability. Andy is a keen underwater photographer, and co-author of Responsible Shark & Ray Tourism: A Guide to Best Practice.
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William Tan (Singapore)

PhotoVideo
William Tan has been fascinated with the creatures of the sea since his childhood. He travels extensively throughout the Pacific region, judging underwater photo competitions, and photographing marine life for tourism organisations, scientific research groups, dive magazines, camera manufacturers, and resorts.
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Ace Wu (Taiwan)

PhotoVideo
Ace Wu was born in Taiwan and currently lives in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Specialising in black background and wide-angle underwater photography, he is entirely self-taught. From a curious novice, he is now an experienced photographer. As such, when introducing underwater photography to beginners, he uses simple methods, ensuring the theory is easy to understand. His goal is to show the breathtaking beauty of the underwater world through his images.

Sherin (HongKong)

Mermaid 2nd Runner Up
鄧詠雪 – 自兩歲開始習舞, 由2010年開始為多個香港著名歌手之演唱會作舞蹈員,如 郭富城、梁詠琪、黎明、左麟右李 等等。 2014年以香港跳唱女子組合 hunterz 正式出道在幕前工作,首次推出派台歌 “愛壞”。 現為香港全方位發展藝人, 獨立跳唱歌手 及演員 。 2016年起主力向電影方面發展,曾參與網絡大電影 “road to hell” 及 “功夫女排”,歌舞劇’Electric Girl’等等拍攝工作 。 2017年更推出旅遊作品《人鱼公主育成记-海洋奇幻之旅》,宣傳美人魚,自由潛水及水肺潛水運動。2017年奪得 ADEX美人魚大賽季軍 及 潛水小姐香港區冠軍並且代表香港參加國際潛水小姐比賽

Scott Tuason (Phillipines)

PhotoVideo
Scott was first handed his underwater camera at the age of 16. Decades later, his passion for photography has brought him on amazing journeys. From throwing himself into a feeding frenzy to dangling off a line in open water at night, his photography has been recognised by the Palme D’or at Antibes festival for his book Anilao, which he co-authored in 2000. His latest books, Blackwater and Open Blue, have won awards and are sold out worldwide.