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Sarah Con­ner Blue Planet II assistant pro­ducer and direc­tor

Hav­ing worked on the block­buster Blue Planet II (voted ‘Top TV Pro­gramme’ by you in our 2018 Reader Travel Awards, p131), Sarah has long ex­plored the Earth’s wa­tery depths in search of the best wildlife en­coun­ters – p18

Moun­tain, desert, ocean or jun­gle… which are you? Ocean. First great travel ex­pe­ri­ence? Snorkelling in Bali, where I had remora fish try­ing to at­tach them­selves to me! Favourite jour­ney? I have two. First is the epic jour­ney by plane, boat and heli­copter just to film in north­ern Green­land. And when I was young, we used to drive through the Swiss Alps – it was then I re­alised how var­ied our planet is. Top five places world­wide? Green­land; New Zealand; north­ern Nor­way; In­done­sia; and north­ern Scot­land – where my heart will al­ways be. Pass­port stamp you’re proud­est of? Saudi Ara­bia. As a woman it felt a priv­i­lege to be given such ac­cess – the coun­try was amaz­ing. Pass­port stamp you’d most like to have? The Swat district within Pak­istan. Guilty travel plea­sure? Watch­ing Keep­ing Up

with the Kar­dashi­ans in the air­port ho­tel be­fore the flight home!

Michael Cullis Am­a­teur pho­tog­ra­pher

Michael has long held a fas­ci­na­tion for wildlife photography – a pas­sion stoked by some close-up en­coun­ters (some­times too close), such as be­ing charged by a bull ele­phant. It’s also re­sulted in a quite mag­nif­i­cent po­lar bear shot, which was both a fi­nal­ist in our Travel Photo of the Year com­pe­ti­tion and win­ner of the pub­lic vote at our Des­ti­na­tions Show ex­hi­bi­tion – p152

Moun­tain, desert, ocean or jun­gle… which are you? Ocean. First great travel ex­pe­ri­ence? I lived in the Ba­hamas for seven years when I was 25 years old. We stayed on one of its re­mote is­lands – Eleuthera – for five days, and dur­ing that time Prince Charles and Lady Diana came to stay on hol­i­day. I was part of a cam­era club there and we were cir­cled by Ba­hamian po­lice, who thought we were pa­parazzi. Favourite jour­ney? Trav­el­ling in the Arc­tic. Top five places world­wide? Death Val­ley, USA; Grand Canyon, USA; Kenya; Namibia; and Bris­bane, Aus­tralia. Pass­port stamp you’re proud­est of? Eleuthera, Ba­hamas. Pass­port stamp you’d most like to have? Easter Is­land, Chile. Guilty travel plea­sure? Trav­el­ling with far more bag­gage than I need.

Joe Tred­denick Blue Planet II re­searcher

Joe has dived all over the world, from the icy depths sur­round­ing Baf­fin Is­land to the warmer wa­ters off the tip of South Africa. Now, as a re­searcher on the BBC’S Blue Planet II se­ries, he chats to us about some of the best film­ing mo­ments from the se­ries and why he thinks it’s be­come such a global phe­nom­e­non – p18

Moun­tain, desert, ocean or jun­gle… which are you? Ocean. First great travel ex­pe­ri­ence? Go­ing to Corn­wall with my par­ents when I was very young, try­ing to be like David At­ten­bor­ough and film­ing my­self with seals on the beach. Favourite jour­ney? Film­ing Green­land sharks off Baf­fin Is­land – the most re­mote des­ti­na­tion I’ve ever been to. It took a long time to get there. Top five places world­wide? New Zealand; Western Cape, South Africa; An­denes, Nor­way; Corn­wall, UK; south­ern Su­ma­tra, In­done­sia. Pass­port stamp you’re proud­est of? Canada – be­cause of how re­mote it was. Pass­port stamp you’d most like to have? A coun­try with­out a coast­line – Botswana! Guilty travel plea­sure? Taking my chang­ing robe (used for chang­ing into div­ing gear) with me wher­ever I go.

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