My new book, Underwater Guide to Seychelles is now available to pre-order from Amazon.co.uk and WHSmith, with a release date of August 27th 2015.
'The warm tropical waters and coral reefs teeming with fish mean that Seychelles is a hugely popular diving destination. The waters that surround Seychelles are home to over 400 species of reef fish and 300 species of coral. The islands are visited by giant whale sharks and manta rays, and are home to endangered hawksbill and green turtles.
Divided into three parts, this book provides a general introduction to diving and snorkelling in Seychelles including what to expect and where to base yourself; a guide to the best sites for diving and snorkelling; and a photographic identification to 280 of the most common species of marine life covering fish, invertebrates, corals and megafauna.
For all those who plan to spend time in or on the water of the inner islands of Seychelles, this is the perfect, pocket-sized guide for you'.
To purchase a copy visit Amazon.co.uk - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Underwater-Guide-Seychelles-Christophe-Mason-Parker/dp/1909612537/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1434098062&sr=8-1&keywords=underwater+guide+to+seychelles
The April/May issue of Submerge magazine focuses on Black & White and includes articles on night diving, cephalopods and black & white photography techniques. The regular Viewfinder piece features myself and includes a selection of my images as well as a handful of black and white photographs.
The magazine can be purchased in traditional paper format or downloaded from - http://www.submerge.co.za/
In February 2015 I spent an enjoyable day at the Four Seasons Resort at Petite Anse on Mahé Island Seychelles. I was there to photograph the new coral reef restoration project that WiseOceans have set up together with the Four Seasons Resort. WiseOceans are a leading resource in marine conservation jobs, advice, news, events, marine education, information and recruiting marine educators.
'The Petite Anse Reef Restoration Project is a brand new and innovative approach to coral reef restoration, born of a desire to return the house reef of the Four Seasons Resort Seychelles to the thriving coral reef ecosystem that it once was'. WiseOceans is aiming to restore 10,000 square metres of degraded limestone reef through the transplantation of 16,000 coral fragments, by June 2017.
For more information about the coral reef restoration project at the Petite Anse site, and to view my gallery of images please visit - http://fourseasonsreefaction.com/gallery/
The Seychelles archipelago boasts an amazing diversity of marine life, with numerous dive sites to cater for divers of all abilities. Granitic and carbonate reefs, wrecks, sharks and turtles, pelagics and plenty of macro means there really is something for everyone. The Dive Magazine website now includes a guide to five of my favourite dive sites around Mahé Island. To read the guide click on the following link: http://divemagazine.co.uk/go/6721-my-dive-seychelles
This month's issue of Underwater Photography Magazine includes my article on Turtles of the Seychelles. The current issue of the magazine is free, to download your copy visit: http://www.uwpmag.com/?issue=UwP79
The June 2014 issue of DIVER magazine carries my trip report to Ambon Island. Part of the Maluku archipelago in the far eastern corner of Indonesia, over the past few years Ambon has been making a name for itself as a world class 'Muck Diving' location. Numerous dive sites offer access to an impressive list of critters including the much sort after Rhinopias.
To get hold of a copy of the magazine visit: http://www.divernet.com/
My green turtle sunburst shot was selected as winner of the Photo of the Day contest on EarthShots.org for Friday 9th May 2014. The photo of a young green turtle was taken at Bird Island, Seychelles. It was late afternoon and I had been waiting for the turtle to rise to the surface for a breath of air. I positioned myself so that the turtle was in front of the sun to create the sunburst effect. A single strobe filled in the detail of the turtle.
In December's issue of Divers For The Environment my article 'Reef to Restaurant' looks at the impact of the Live Reef Fish Trade (LRFT) on coral reef ecosystems. There is a direct link between the trade and depleted fish stocks and habitat degradation, which is impacting some of the poorest communities that rely upon their coastal resources for survival: http://www.emiratesdiving.com/uploads/magazine/EDA-December-Issue-20131.pdf
Chris is a wildlife photographer and conservationist currently living in the Seychelles. He is passionate about the marine environment and concerned about the many threats it is facing today.