boot Düsseldorf initiates new "dive award" together with leading diving media
About the award
To provide even better support for the international diving industry, boot has launched the new boot "dive award". Five awards are presented annually in the categories Personality, Destination, Innovation, Product and Climate.
What can you win? We support the five winners of the "dive award" with prize money of €3,000 each. In addition, you can present your project at boot Düsseldorf and thus inspire even more people with your concept from the respective category.
A renowned jury of experts, consisting of the editors-in-chief of the diving media divemaster, TAUCHEN, taucher.net, VDSTsporttaucher and WETNOTES, selects three nominations per category.
By means of public voting and the final verdict of the expert jury, the winners of the "dive Award" will be determined and honored for the first time at boot Düsseldorf 2023 on January 27, 2023.
Your vote counts!
Our expert jury has selected their 3 finalists per category from the submitted projects. Next step is the public voting. Here, everyone can vote for their favorite and thus help choose the winners of the boot "dive Awards" 2023! One vote can be cast per category.
Public voting ends on October 31st, 2022. The jury will select the winner of the "dive award" for each category, the public vote will count as one vote.
This category is about people. Here, outstanding athletes, underwater or nature filmmakers or people from other fields who have rendered outstanding public service to the sport of diving, the diving industry and the oceans are honored. The nominees of the category "Personality" are:
Dr. Florian Huber
Project: UW archaeologist, reporter, book author. Florian Huber is one of the best known divers in Germany. He also brings diving closer to many non-divers, for example through programs on TV like TerraX.
More than almost any other watersport, diving is closely linked to the theme of travel. Dive centers, liveaboards and tourist boards from all over the world are strongly represented in the dive halls of boot and divers set off all over the world to explore the wonders of the underwater world. The nominees of the category "Destination" are:
This is about projects and initiatives that are making particular progress towards climate neutrality. For example, scientists, lobbyists and environmental organizations. In short, everyone who dedicates their work and lives to the health of our oceans and the life in them. The nominees of the category "Climate" are:
This category is about people, companies and initiatives that contribute to the future sustainability of the diving industry, its foundations and resources. The nominees in the cetagory "Innovation" are:
Alexander Kaßler graduated from the Technical University of Munich with a degree in sports/media and communications science. After working in sports communications for Daimler AG and German sports television, he completed his traineeship as an editor at Olympia Verlag in Nuremberg. There he worked as an editor for the diving magazine "unterwasser" since 2005. In addition to various training and further education courses, including as a diving instructor and photographer, he took over as editor-in-chief of "unterwasser" in 2018. Since the merger of the two magazine titles "unterwasser" and "TAUCHEN" into Europe's largest commercial diving magazine "TAUCHEN" in 2020, he has presided over the title as responsible editor-in-chief.
Dietmar W. Fuchs, Editor in Chief VDSTsporttaucher
Dietmar W. Fuchs has been working as editor-in-chief for international diving magazines since September 1988. He is the founding editor-in-chief of the magazines "unterwasser" (Germany) and "Scuba Diving through the lens" (Singapore), as well as editor-in-chief and art director of "Edition Fifty Fathoms" (Switzerland), the only art magazine dedicated to underwater photography - for which he had the privilege of curating the first underwater photography exhibition at the United Nations Headquarters in New York in 2014 for "World Ocean Day".
In addition to studying communication science, Fuchs studied biology at Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich and immediately took home an Honorable Mention in the Rolex Award for his thesis on "Breeding the Maritime Fencer Snail." Somehow watches have stayed with him until today and he has become an expert on the history(s) of exclusive diving watches.
In the field of diving, Fuchs is only honorary editor-in-chief of the members' magazine of the Verband deutscher Sporttaucher e.v., The "VDSTsporttaucher" reaches a good 80,000 members in printed form by subscription, making it Europe's largest diving magazine, as well as co-editor-in-chief of the "divemaster".
In his former life, he worked for several years as a treasure diver in Puerto Rico and as a diving instructor and charter boat captain in the Windward Islands. In 1985, Fuchs founded "NAUI Germany" and spent the first years of Technical Diving alongside Bret Gilliam. Thanks to his friendship with Umberto Pelizzari, he brought the first apnea diving competitions to Germany in 1995, and just one year later, as team captain of the first German National Apnea Team, he won the bronze medal in the legendary AIDA World Cup. He also co-initiated the underwater, now SSI Dive Trophy. So no matter what topic he touches in diving, Fuchs knows pretty much what he is writing about or publishing.
Dr. Friedrich Naglschmid, Herausgeber und Chefredakteur divemaster
Dr. Friedrich Naglschmid, publisher and editor-in-chief of the trade magazine divemaster, has been connected to the world under water since his earliest youth. Even during his studies, Naglschmid, who is now a publisher, book author and editor of the diving magazine divemaster, was active as a journalist and campaigned actively for the protection of species and the environment. Since the 1970s, Naglschmid, who holds a doctorate in biology, has been committed to these goals on a voluntary basis, in addition to his professional activities in teaching and environmental education at the time. He was a co-founder of the Aktionsgemeinschaft Artenschutz and representative of the Cousteau petition in Germany, as well as a founding member of the Förderkreis Sporttauchen. From 1976 on, he was a member of the board of the German Scuba Divers Association, first as the first head of the department for research and environmental protection, then in 1986 as vice president and from 1996 to 2000 as president, shaping its development in the field of nature sports. Already in the 1980s he designed the first environmental guidelines for ecological and sustainable diving, "Manifestos against UW hunters, UW culture robbers, environmental destroyers and water polluters" and introduced the "Ten Golden Rules for Sport Divers". His motto to this day: "Dive like your shadow, leave no trace".
Nina Zschiesche, Editor in Chief WETNOTES
Nina Zschiesche, born in 1978, was already writing for the culture and theme pages of daily newspapers and magazines during her studies in philosophy and German language and literature. After a traineeship at the diving magazines "unterwasser" and "Sporttaucher," which were then based at the same publishing house, she worked for many years as an editor at "Sporttaucher. Since 2018, she has been editor-in-chief and part owner of the tech diving magazine WETNOTES. Diving is not only her professional passion, she also spends every free minute under water in her private life.
Armin Süss & Herbert Gfrörer, Editors in Chief Taucher.Net
Armin Süss and Herbert Gfrörer both have their origins in the IT industry. Since the end of the 90s, the passionate divers have been responsible for the development of Taucher.Net and developed the portal into the largest platform for diving in Europe. With a wide range of diving bases / safari ships experience database, equipment database including reviews, a highly frequented forum, buddy search, job exchange and other classified ads, as well as an online magazine and news section, the beginner to the experienced diver and all those interested in diving can find almost any desired information.
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