Sharks in Deep Trouble wins a SEVENTH AWARD!

While I was working till the early hours documenting CITES, Sharks in Deep Trouble continued to help me spread the word on the other side of the world: it was screened at the Beneath the Waves Film Festival and it was voted “Best of Festival”.

A huge thanks to Austin Gallagher, a fish biologist who specializes in the study of shark behavior and physiology, who hosted the Beneath the Waves Film Festival at the 2010 39th Benthic Ecology Meeting held at University of Wilmington, North Carolina. This event represents an annual scientific conference where scientists come together to share and present their research. In an effort to bring science and film even closer together, Austin hosted a film festival throughout the academic conference. This year’s event ran for two days and screened 18 marine-related films produced by scientists, conservationists, and professional filmmakers.

Austin is currently interested in how sharks respond to human-induced stressors such as fishing capture and feeding activities, and he hopes to answer these research questions by assessing behavior and physiology in the field and lab. Thanks Austin for creating something much needed, a new an exciting film festival, and giving us another opportunity as filmmakers to reach the public with our important conservation messages. Find out more about Austin’s amazing work.

Lesley Rochat Photography - Sharks in Deep Trouble

Awards Sharks in Deep Trouble has won:

1. Conservation Message Award, Montana Cine International Film Festival 2008.

2. Honorary Conservation Message Award,

3. Honorary Investigative Journalism Award, 32 International Wildlife Film Festival 2009.

4. Outstanding Achievement Award and

5. Conservation Message Award, Celebrate the Sea Festival 2009,

6. Best Information Film Award, Film Category A, at the 36th World Festival of Underwater Pictures 2009, AND

7. Best of Festival Award, Beneath the Waves Film Festival, 39th Benthic Ecology Meeting 2010.

WATCH THE PROMO OF SHARKS IN DEEP TROUBLE  (Not for sensitive viewers)

  1. TimTim04-13-2010

    Um, that link doesn’t say anything about your film at the Beneath the Waves Film Festival. Does the festival have a website? Oh wait, it’s not a proper "film festival" – just a few films being screened at a scientific conference. I’m glad your film is doing well and you’re getting the shark conservation message out there but do you have to trumpet every one of your little triumphs so vociferously?

  2. I find it sad that you should waste your time to insult people who are actually doing something good. If you really wanted to know more about Sharks in Deep Trouble, then Google it, educate yourself and spend your energy on shark conservation. I promise you it’s far more rewarding than throwing around insults on peoples’ blogs….oh and well done Lesley on Sharks in Deep Trouble!!! You deserve it. I say promote this documentary as much as you can. The more people who see this, the better. Sadly, the sharks are running out of time.

  3. Kevin MatthewsKevin Matthews04-17-2010

    Sophia is right, it is very sad that there are such troubled souls, wasting precious time on slating the good work of others. Jealousy is a terrible evil that eats away at these kinds. The light which good, successful people shed hurts them deeply and brings to surface their own insecurities. Pity they can’t put that energy into doing something positive, but pity is all we can give them. The world needs more people like you and less people like ‘Tim’. Trumpet louder Lesley, your triumphs are significant, and the world needs to hear before it’s too late!

  4. Lesley RochatLesley Rochat04-19-2010

    Sophia and Kevin, thanks for your support, really appreciate it. Tim, or is it Charlie, (the same person left a sarcastic remark on my previous blog entry), flatters me by spending so much time and effort following my work, and changing his name for each comment he sputters. To go to so much effort is amusing, including that he doesn’t realise I can see his details. I could delete the comments but he does me a favor as they add additional interest in my site and my hits go up.

  5. AustinAustin04-26-2010

    Great work Lesley!

    Definition of "film festival": An organised, extended presentation of films in one or more movie theaters or screening venues, usually in a single locality.

    The Beneath the Waves Film festival fits that description. 18 films made by scientists and filmmakers from across the globe. To avoid confusion, we also had judges, venues and sponsors. This event was a major success, and I am grateful for Lesley’s submission! See you next year.

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