Un­der­wa­ter snap­pers sup­port shark char­ity

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Thir­teen of the world’s lead­ing un­der­wa­ter pho­tog­ra­phers have col­lab­o­rated on a unique fundrais­ing project to help raise money for the UK shark and marine con­ser­va­tion char­ity, Bite-back. Each of the ac­claimed pho­tog­ra­phers has do­nated a stun­ning im­age, along with first-hand com­men­tary on the marine en­vi­ron­ment, to fea­ture in a high- qual­ity, lim­ited- edi­tion cal­en­dar. The re­sult is an ex­clu­sive pub­li­ca­tion that boasts an un­ri­valled col­lec­tion of un­der­wa­ter im­ages from all around the world. The who’s who of con­trib­u­tors in­cludes mul­ti­ple award-win­ning pho­tog­ra­phers Alex Mus­tard, Alex Tat­ter­sall, Amanda Cot­ton, Chris­tian Vizl, Ellen Cuy­laerts and Lia Bar­rett. Cam­paign di­rec­tor for Bite-back, Gra­ham Buck­ing­ham, said: “The 2016 cal­en­dar is a stun­ning col­lec­tion of re­mark­able marine life en­coun­ters that re­veal the hid­den beauty be­neath the waves. We hope it will serve as a per­fect re­minder that the oceans de­serve greater pro­tec­tion from the daily on­slaught of de­struc­tive and waste­ful fish­ing prac­tices, such as shark fin­ning.” Money raised from the sale of the cal­en­dar will go to­wards Bite-back’s No Fin To De­clare Cam­paign to close the le­gal loop­hole that per­mits any­one trav­el­ling to Europe to bring 20kg of shark fins for ‘per­sonal’ consumption. The cam­paign forms an in­te­gral part of Bite­Back’s pro­gramme to make the UK the first coun­try in the world to ban the con­tro­ver­sial dish. Wildlife pre­sen­ter and ad­ven­turer, Steve Back­shall, has spo­ken out in sup­port of Bite-back. He said: “Sharks have pa­trolled the big blue since be­fore the di­nosaurs. Yet with­out un­der­stand­ing and ed­u­ca­tion we could lose them. Our oceans would be in­fin­itely poorer places with­out them, so that’s why I’m urg­ing ev­ery­one to sup­port Bite-back and get be­hind its cam­paign to make Bri­tain shark-fin free.” The cal­en­dar costs just £8.99 ( plus p&p any­where in the world) and is avail­able on­line at:

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