Win a place on a reef conservation expedition
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This is your chance to join a unique SCUBA diving coral reef conservation expedition to Oman, the Maldvies or Malaysia.
In partnership with Reef Check and the Marine Conservation Society, Biosphere Expeditions is offering a free place on a SCUBA diving coral reef conservation expedition to Musandam (Oman), the Maldives or Tioman Island (Malaysia). And there’s more: in addition to the expedition prize, there are other prizes from Reef Check and the Marine Conservation Society to be won.
You have to be a qualified diver (minimum PADI Open Water or equivalent). You also have to be prepared to muck in on a hands-on conservation project, not a luxury dive holiday. If this is you, then tell us who you are, why we should take you on and what you think you can contribute to the diving expedition.
Biosphere Expeditions is an award-winning, non-profit-making organisation offering hands-on conservation expeditions as a volunteering adventure with a purpose for everyone. We bridge the gap between scientists at the forefront of conservation in need of funds and helpers, and enthusiastic laypeople, who in their holiday time, through their hands-on assistance and with their expedition contribution want to support them. The diving expedition are only one example out of many, such as leopards in South Africa, tigers in Sumatra, whales & dolphins on the Azores, snow leopards in the Tien Shan or marsupials in Western Australia.
Founded in 1996, the Reef Check Foundation exists to help preserve the oceans and reefs which are critical to our survival, yet are being destroyed. With headquarters in Los Angeles and volunteer teams in more than 90 countries and territories, Reef Check works to protect tropical coral reefs and California rocky reefs through education, research and conservation. All Biosphere Expeditions' diving projects follow the Reef Check methodology of collecting and analysing data on reef health. The lead scientist on the Malaysia expedition is from Reef Check Malaysia.
The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) is the voice for everyone who loves the sea. They work to secure a future for our living seas, and to save our threatened marine wildlife before it is lost forever. The lead scientist on the Oman and Maldives expeditions is from the MCS.
Main prize: participate in a Reef Check expedition of your choice
The winner can select freely from Biosphere Expeditions' reef diving expeditions to Musandam (Oman), the Maldives or Tioman Island (Malaysia). The selection has to be made within 15 months of winning the prize. Dates for 2017 for each expedition will be very similar to the 2016 dates and go up around 11 months in advance.
Consolation prize: Reef Check pack
Consisting of T-shirt, hat and beach towel.
Consolation prize: Marine Conservation Society pack
Consisting of shirt from their clothing range and membership of the MCS for one year.
How to apply
You have two options of putting in an application. Either send us an essay (max. 100 words) or a video clip (max. 1 minute), which you can easily create yourself (for example using the movie setting of your digital camera) and upload to a video sharing site (for example YouTube). If you are not familiar with how to use YouTube, then have a look at this short guide.
Whichever option you go for, we would like to know from you who you are, why we should take you on and what you think you can contribute to the expedition.
Note that Biosphere Expeditions organises serious research & conservation expeditions, not luxury or sports or party holidays. With this in mind our competitions are no "Pop Idol"-style castings events where you need to sing, dress up or otherwise make a fool out of yourself. We would like to get to know you as much as possible within the above remit, so just be yourself!
The application deadline is 1 December 2016.
Entry is open to anyone 18 years or over except employees of Biosphere Expeditions, Reef Check, the Marine Conservation Society and their immediate families. Applicant data will be shared amongst the three partners Biosphere Expeditions, MCS and Reef Check, but not with anyone else. There is no cash alternative in whole or part and prizes are not transferable, nor do they include travel arrangements to the in-country assembly point. The judges' decision is final. By participating in the competition, you accept these terms & conditions.