The BOOT Dive Awards

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Initiative for a strong and sustainable diving industry

In order to support the international diving industry even better, boot has launched the boot dive award. Five awards are presented annually in the categories Personality, Destination, Innovation, Product and Climate. The winners of the boot dive Awards 2022 will be chosen for the first time at boot 2023.

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 from the applications. By means of public voting and the final verdict of the expert jury, the winners of the boot dive award will be determined and honoured for the first time at boot Düsseldorf 2023 on 27 January 2023.

The application phase for the boot dive Award 2022 is over.

The application phase for the boot dive Award 2023 will start in May 2023. Our jury will select three candidates per award category (Personality, Destination, Innovation, Product, Climate) from all applications.

This will be followed by the Public Voting and it will be voted by the public until the end of October 2023.

About the boot dive award

Together with leading German-language diving media, boot honours people, projects, destinations and products that have made a special contribution to the world of diving with the boot dive award. There are five categories: Personality, Destination, Innovation, Product and Climate.

boot Düsseldorf supports the five winners of the boot dive Award with prize money of € 3,000 each. In addition, the nominees can present their project at boot Düsseldorf and thus inspire even more people.

The goal

With the initiative for the new boot dive award, boot Düsseldorf continues to position itself as a close partner of the diving industry and offers the industry a sustainable and future-oriented platform for cooperation, networking and development. The presentation of the award in five categories - Personality, Destination, Innovation, Product and Climate - showcases the multi-faceted diving industry and points the way to the future. The prize money of € 3,000 per category underlines the supportive character of the prize. The close cooperation with the expert jury, consisting of the editors-in-chief of the diving magazines divemaster, TAUCHEN, taucher.net, VDSTsporttaucher and Wetnotes, anchors the boot dive award in the midst of the scene and is intended to promote the development of diving and the diving industry.

The categories

Personality:

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:

Whether it's a Stone Age settlement, a medieval well or a modern shipwreck: underwater archaeologist Dr. Florian Huber is one of Germany's best-known divers. His expeditions and excavations have now taken him to over 100 countries. Huber is not only a scientist with heart and soul, but also an author and presenter. With his (children's) books, numerous appearances on television and radio, as well as lectures for children and adults, the 47-year-old inspires the general public for diving time and again and takes people into the mystical and fascinating underwater world.

Country:

Germany

To the website http://florian-huber.info/home/

Jan and Melanie Haft

Project:

Jan and Melanie Haft love nature and produce multiple and international award-winning nature films for cinema and television. Their content ranges from a normal stream to the northern oceans. They see it as their task to entertain while informing in a scientifically correct way - with a focus on sustainability and environmental protection.

Country:

Germany

To the website https://nautilusfilm.de/en/index-en.php

Laurent Ballesta

Project:

Laurent Ballesta, the head of Gombessa Expeditions, presents in his projects the possibilities in diving and underwater photography at the absolute limit. From the first photos of the coelacanth taken by a diver at a depth of 120 m, to the nocturnal hunt for 700 sharks in Fakarava, to the longest and deepest dives in Antarctica, Ballesta illustrates the underwater world with a naturalistic and artistic eye.

Country:

France

To the website https://gombessa-expeditions.com/

Product:

This is about equipment and technology.

The nominees of the category "Product" are:

Garmin MK2i

Product:

The Descent Mk2 GPS dive computer from Garmin combines a wide range of diving and multisport functions as well as smart features in a high-quality design. It includes all the important functions that a dive computer can currently have, from various dive modes to detailed performance statistics and a mobile network even under water. It also has a very long battery life and other pre-installed sports apps for other sports.

Country:

US

To the website https://www.garmin.com/de-DE/633356/

Fourth Element

Product:

Fourth Element has made it their mission to produce gear for underwater adventures in the most sustainable way without affecting performance: From award-winning drysuits and wetsuits to swimwear and rashguards, all materials are thoughtfully consider for their impact on the environment whilst being designed to perform in the world’s most extreme environments. Recycled ghost fishing nets are used to create fourth element's swimwear and Rashguard range, while in 2022 the company brought the 97% recycled dive fins to the market, continuing to lead the way in this industry for creating high performance products in a more sustainable way.

Country:

GB

To the website https://fourthelement.com/

Paralenz Vaquita

Product:

The Paralenz company developed the Paralenz Vaquita, an easy-to-use point-and-shoot underwater camera that records dive depth, temperature and GPS position. With patented, automatic, depth-controlled colour correction, you can concentrate on the dive while the camera adjusts the white balance to the dive depth. No additional filters or housing are required down to a depth of 350m / 1150ft. The camera was developed as a scientific recording device for special use in the Rahmane of mCitizen Science projects.

Country:

Denmark

To the website https://www.paralenz.com/

Destination:

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:

Kreidesee Hemmoor

Project:

THE diving lake in Germany with diving center (from sport to tech diver), very good diving infrastructure, several entries and accommodations next door.

Country:

Germany

To the website https://www.kreideseetaucher.de/

Malta

Destination:

The Maltese archipelago forms a very special diving area in the heart of the Mediterranean. Crystal clear, turquoise waters and rugged rocky coasts are the starting point for spectacular dives. The archipelago is considered an ideal diving area, the largely stony seabed and the lack of tides guarantee excellent underwater visibility even at greater sea depths.

Country:

Malta

To the website https://www.visitmalta.com/

Deep Dive Dubai

Destination:

With a water depth of 60.02 meters, the deepest diving pool in the world awaits its guests in Dubai. 14 million liters of water and underwater attractions like "sunken city" can be explored by divers of all levels.

Country:

Dubai

To the website https://deepdivedubai.com/

Climate:

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:

Baltic Sea Heritage Rescue Project

Project:

The Baltic Sea Nature and Heritage Protection Organization (BSNHPA) is a private initiative that detects and recovers ghost nets and ensures their proper disposal. The initiative also takes care of securing and protecting wrecks and carries out joint projects with fishing associations and local fishermen to protect the Baltic Sea ecosystem.

Country:

Germany/Lithuania

To the website https://bshrp.org/en/home.html

Dr. Angela Stevenson, Helmholtz Institut

Project:

The main task of the Helmholtz Climate Initiative is to record the stock of carbon stocks in seagrass meadows along the German Baltic Sea coast. In this way, it can be determined what contribution seagrass makes to the national carbon budget and how the stocks can be protected and expanded. This can then be used to accurately calculate the so-called negative emission potential of seagrass meadows, i.e. their storage capacities, in German territorial waters of the Baltic Sea.

Country:

Germany

To the website https://www.helmholtz-klima.de/en/aktuelles/seagrass-meadows-impacts-could-be-severe

Stop Finning

Project:

Every year, several million sharks are killed in order to enrich themselves from the high-priced fins. The Stop Finning initiative is working to end the trade in the severed fins and is fighting to have it banned in EU legislation.

Country:

Various

To the website https://stop-finning-eu.org/

Innovation:

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:

Deep Dive Dubai

Project:

At 60.02 meters, Deep Dive Dubai is not only the deepest dive pool in the world, but also a technical masterpiece. With its own decompression chamber and water filter system developed by NASA, it is a beacon project for the international diving community.

Country:

Dubai

To the website https://deepdivedubai.com/

Oceanreef Snorkeling Mask ARIA QR+

Project:

The full face snorkel mask does not require a mouthpiece and allows you to breathe like on the surface while snorkeling. Large field of view, no uncomfortable mouthpiece, no difficult breathing, no fogging of the mask thanks to patented air circulation technology.

Country:

Italy

To the website https://snorkeling.oceanreefgroup.com/product/aria-qr-blue/

O'Dive by Azoth

Project:

zoth Systems has developed O'Dive, an innovation that for the first time allows divers to personalise their diving practice by taking into account the gas microbubbles detected in their venous system after diving. After each dive and subsequent measurements, O'Dive determines a dive quality index that ranges from 0 to 100%. In this way, the diver can easily control his training. A personalised simulator shows the added value of different options that can help improve his safety.

Country:

France

To the website https://o-dive.com/en/home/

The jury

The top-class expert jury of the boot dive award consists of the editors-in-chief of the diving media divemaster, TAUCHEN, taucher.net, VDSTsporttaucher and WETNOTES.

Alexander Kaßler, Editor in Chief TAUCHEN

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.

The application phase

You want to be part of the next boot dive Award? Here you can find out everything about the application phase, criteria and conditions of participation. The winners per category will be supported with € 3,000 each by boot Düsseldorf.

WHO can apply?

Our jury looks forward to receiving your application. The five award categories are:

PERSONALITY:

The category PERSONALITY is about people. Here, outstanding athletes, underwater and nature filmmakers or people from other fields are honored who have rendered outstanding public service to diving, the diving industry and the oceans.

DESTINATION:

Like hardly any other watersport, diving is closely linked to the topic of travel. The DESTINATION category is therefore dedicated to tourist aspects. Divers set off all over the world to explore the wonders of the underwater world. In this category you can find destinations and tourist offers that are especially well adapted to divers. Destinations and regions as a whole as well as individual hotels, dive centers or liveaboards can apply.

INNOVATION:

INNOVATION says a lot about the future viability of an industry. In this category, we celebrate people, companies, and initiatives that make a special contribution to the sustainability of the diving industry, its foundations and resources. Where are the concepts and projects that make the diving industry fit for the future? Where are the ideas that are shaping the world of tomorrow with a fresh wind and forward-looking energy?

PRODUCT:

The PRODUCT category is all about equipment and technology. It doesn't necessarily have to be the biggest, fastest or most expensive piece of equipment that makes life easier for divers. Maybe the clever trick is in the detail? Or in a new type of material that has never existed before? Or in the fact that a proven product can now be manufactured in a particularly environmentally friendly way using new technologies?

CLIMATE:

In the CLIMATE section, everything revolves around projects and initiatives that are advancing in a special way toward climate protection and climate neutrality. For example, scientists, lobbyists and environmental organizations can be nominated - in short, anyone whose work or project is dedicated to the health of our oceans and the life in them. Because climate change is the greatest threat to oceans and waters.

WHEN is the application period?

We welcome any application via our form until September 30, 2023. Just enter all necessary information and take your chance!

How does the selection process work?

From all complete applications received by the end of the application phase, the winner will be chosen in three phases:

Phase 1: Our qualified jury will select 3 nominees per category from all applications.

Phase 2: Everyone can support their favorite by casting their vote in the Public Voting.

Phase 3: The jury chooses the boot dive Award winner, the public voting counts as one vote!

What is the selection process?

In selecting the winning projects, our expert jury uses the following criteria:

1. Effectiveness

The topic has the potential to have a clear and continuous impact in the sense of the respective category.

2. Participation

As many people as possible are integrated into and/or participate in the project.

3. Networking

The project motivates further actors and achieves the greatest possible impact.

The BOOT Dive Awards