INKA CRESSWELL: TEACHING THE WORLD TO LOVE THE OCEANS
Inka is hopeful that we can not only make the field of ocean conservation more inclusive, but that we, as a community, “can change the fate of our oceans, it just requires some serious action”.
“We need people from every corner of our planet working together and this means that everyone, no matter their race, religion, gender, or sexual identity must feel able to engage with our marine environment and in conservation work.”
CONSERVATION FILMMAKING WITH INKA CRESSWELL
Conservation Filmmaker, Inka Cresswell, is passionate about documenting the state of the world’s oceans to inspire others to safeguard them for future generations. At 26 years old, Inka is a PADI Open Water Dive Instructor, Underwater Photography Instructor, and Dive Against Debris Instructor, as well as an Advanced Nitrox and Decompression Procedures Technical Diver. She also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Marine Biology, and a Master’s Degree in Wildlife Filmmaking. Her debut film, ‘MY 25: The Ocean Between Us’ has been shown at numerous film festivals around the world. Here, Inka provides some powerful behind-the-lens perspectives on all things conservation filmmaking.
HOW TO PHOTOGRAPH SHARKS
Hanging in open blue water, too deep to see the bottom and 30ft from the surface, whilst being circled by sharks is what many people consider to be a nightmare situation. But, for me, this is a dream; an opportunity to observe one of our most well-adapted and beautiful apex predators in their natural environment and capture their grace on camera.
A SPACE FOR FEMALE OCEAN CONSERVATIONISTS
I realised that my camera is my most powerful weapon in the fight to save our oceans as it wouldn’t only allow me to tell the stories of creatures hidden by the ocean's surface but would also allow me to give people an insight into the individuals who dedicate their lives to our oceans. By understanding how different cultures connect with our oceans I felt I could show the incredible value of this vast ecosystem. There's only so much you can do with an image though and that's why I decided to do a career shift into wildlife filmmaking...
Jackson Wild, the Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) are excited to announce the finalists of the World Wildlife Day Film Showcase: Biodiversity.
The judges – professional filmmakers, scientists and stakeholders from around the world – chose the finalists from over 300 entries.
Winners will be announced at UN Headquarters in New York at a high-level event on Tuesday, March 3 to observe World Wildlife Day, and then both the finalists and winners will be showcased at screenings around the world.
CELEBRATING WOMEN IN DIVING
We are taking the main stage right after Go Diving's main speaker Steve Backshall of the BBC, to "celebrate women in diving".
This panel discussion, hosted by GTS founder Sarah Richard will introduce you to 3 inspiration Girls that Scuba on each day. Sarah will be interviewing them on their journeys in scuba diving so far; the highs, the lows, their dreams and aspirations as a diver.
Inka cresswell is an Advanced Nitrox and decompression procedures technical diver , Open Water dive instructor, Underwater photography instructor, Sidemount diver, AAUS Scientific Diver and has a BSc Marine Biology and an M.A. in Wildlife Filmmaking. She was the winner of our GTS competition with videography team Behind the Mask and got to spend a week learning from one of the best film teams out there!
MEET THE NEXT GENERATION OF FEMALE OCEAN EXPLORERS
FEMALE EXPLORERS: INKA CRESSWELL
The focus on “Gender and the Ocean” during this year's #worldoceansweek provides an opportunity to showcase the work of a new generation of female leaders who are building upon the advancements of the ocean pioneers who came before them. These women are scientists, photographers, digital storytellers and avid adventurers.
Read the stories of eight female explorers who are working on some of the biggest challenges facing our environment. Take a deep dive into their world
In comparison with previous generations of ocean explorers and conservationists, Cresswell made the distinction that her generation is faced with mediating the effects of human impact...
THE FINS UNITED INITIATIVE
BEHIND THE FINS: INKA CRESSWELL
"WHEN I GROW UP, I WANT TO BE LIKE..."
"Behind the Fins" is a behind-the-scenes interview with those involved in fin science! Who do you want to be like?
What is there to say about Inka Cresswell? We feel like you don't need much of an introduction to such a powerhouse of a person, yet many people still haven't met the bubbly diver and ocean lover. Her fascination with the ocean started young and blossomed as she aged despite struggling with science as a subject. She found a way to not only be immersed under the waves but capture it in a way that captivates audiences on social media to learn not only about the animals behind her lens but what can be done to help them out. The Fins United Initiative is excited to have Inka Cresswell here to talk about her life and journey so far.
The Fins United Initiative: Thanks for being here with us today, Inka. We are thrilled to have you as one of the many marine scientists in Europe today! First off - what got you interested in marine biology?
Inka Cresswell: I grew up by the sea in Brighton so...
SWIMMING WITH GIANTS
Lying on the surface of the water face down I take another deep breath, filling my lungs as deeply as I can as waves crash around me. One more breath and then descend. Kicking through the water we enter the blue in our most natural form, no breathing equipment just a single breath. As I descend deeper a whole new world opens before me, the visibility clearing to reveal a stunning volcanic landscape not apparent from the waters surface. Hanging in the blue an Oceanic manta ray approaches at first keeping its distance but then coming closer meeting the free divers eye to eye as if asking; What are you? Why are you here? Another diver takes a breath and swims under the Manta capturing its ventral side on a GoPro for later identification. After determining the sex a biopsy is taken, the manta ray roles in response but continues to hang around watching the divers with curiosity.
This latest expedition to La Paz and the Revillagigedo Archipelago organised by The Watermen Project brought a group of scientists, free divers and ocean explorers in contact with some of the oceans biggest giants. The Watermen Project is an organization that uses its breath holding and photography skills to collect scientific data in the form of tagging, biopsies and identification photos. As well as the scientific goals this organization also works to create inspiring images highlighting the beauty of our oceans inspiring a future generation of ocean explorers and conservationists.
A photostory about coming face to face with Great White sharks
Shark populations have been threatened due to Over harvesting, environmental degradation and shark culling. For the first time in years Great white sharks a leading Apex predator appear to be on the rise. In order to continue to conserve these magnificent creatures a change must take place in public perception. One of the best ways to make this change is to experience these sharks incredible beauty and power first hand, the goal is not to make sharks appear friendly or harmless but instead to inspire the public to respect these ancient predators that call these waters home.
Shark tourism is a growing industry that has assigned a new monitory value to sharks globally. On average a shark is worth $200 in the shark fin trade but the same shark is valued at up to $178,00 in the shark tourism industry. This shift in their economic value provides a realistic financial alternative to shark finning. However, the industry faces intense criticism due to claims that chumming alters the natural predatory behavior of sharks. Despite no scientific backing claims have also been made that chumming in close proximity to divers can cause sharks to associate people with prey causing an increase in shark attacks...
10 REASONS COMPLETING YOUR DIVE MASTER SHOULD BE YOUR NEXT BIG ADVENTURE
Ever dreamt of living on a tropical island? Who hasn’t! The dive master course is your perfect opportunity not to just travel somewhere different, but to truly experience it. To live like a local and dive every day of the week. Here are my 10 best reasons (and trust me I can think of plenty more) why your next big adventure should be to complete your dive master training.
I completed my dive master training (DMT) on the beautiful island of Gili Trawangan in Indonesia. Gili T is a tiny island in the heart of the coral triangle. You may know it as a party island on the backpacker route through Indonesia, but beneath the joss shots and hostels is an incredible dive community and an ocean abundant with stunning marine life. My DMT was by far one of my best travel experiences and here are 10 reasons why given the chance I would do it all again.
9 REASONS TO DIVE WITH GREAT WHITE SHARKS IN GUADALUPE
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to come face to face with one of the world’s most notorious predators? Perhaps you watched JAWS and were instantly captivated, or maybe for you great white sharks are the stuff of nightmares… No matter what your view, there is one thing you can’t deny and that’s that these epic sharks fascinate us.
Personally, I love sharks. I love the grace they have when they move through the water, the stories that surround them and the way their fins cut through the surface like a razor. There are few things as spectacular as watching a great white shark fly out of the water and somersault in the air during a breaching event. My first encounter with a white shark was in South Africa’s iconic Shark Alley but after hearing stories of Guadalupe, with its water so clear it’s like looking through glass, I was desperate to take the plunge again.
After graduating from San Diego State University with a B.Sc degree in Marine Biology I embarked on a 6 day live-aboard photography trip to Isla Guadalupe in search of Great White Sharks. Here are my 9 top reasons why a trip to Guadalupe to come face to face with a white shark should be at the top of your bucket list!
THE ULTIMATE SUMMER ROAD TRIP GUIDE
Who hasn’t dreamed of speakers blaring Phantom Planets iconic ‘California’ whilst driving down the 101 with the top down and your best friends by your side. Yes, that’s right I’m talking about the ultimate California road trip. Golden beaches, hot surfer boys, only the trendiest of coffee shops and a huge abundance of California burritos. It’s the once in a life time trip every girl in their 20s NEEDS to tick of their bucket list!
If there’s one thing California is not in short supply of, it’s breathtaking panoramic views and the coastal roads have them in abundance. Big Sur has a view that rivals most coasts, its sheer cliffs and roaring waves make the ocean seem as though it goes on forever. And if oceans are not your thing (although I don’t know how they couldn’t be…) Yosemite makes up for it with stunning canyons, mountains and cliff faces that take your breath away...
MY ADVENTURE THROUGH RURAL CHINA IN SEARCH OF THE RARE GUIZHOU GOLDEN MONKEY
I have always had a passion for traveling so when the opportunity arose to accompany the national science foundation on a 2 week conservation and filming expedition in search of the elusive golden monkey it was an offer I could not refuse.
Heres the story of my great adventure...
I decided to apply for this program because it was an amazing opportunity to challenge myself. I've worked in research teams before where the majority of the team spoke a foreign language but China would be more challenging than anything I have had to tackle before.