Monday, April 14, 2008

Diaries of a Frog Man is dedicated to create a universal platform for like-minded people keen about recreational diving activities, their surroundings, the environment, related travel, people, ideas, thoughts and issues. It is a platform open to all recreational divers worldwide.
Although hosted in the Asia-Pacific area we welcome relevant stories of interest from outside this region.

Recreational diving is a sport and hobby of passion. We are constantly seeking enthusiastic contributors who share our love of the oceans and our wholehearted commitment to sharing this passion with others. Within this context, we accept contributions from both established photojournalists and first-time contributors eager to share experiences and photographs or eager to use this platform to further enhance the visibility of their own web-sites, blogs or commercial operations as long as these are related to the underwater world.

Please note that potential contributors should submit story proposals, concepts and an indication of how those would link into ones own web-site, blog or commercial operation, if any, to the editor in the form of a one paragraph summary via email to editor@the-frog-man.net , with low resolution graphics (72 dpi jpg format, less than 150 kb) attached if appropriate.

Suitable contributions may include:

Destination Stories: Stories about diving locations should be, preferably, a maximum of 1500 words but we will consider longer accounts if interesting.
We are looking for creative stories, ones that adopt a unique angle, relate personal experiences, describe marine life encounters, examine current event issues, explore environmental issues and so forth. We're less interested in the typical "I went here; I saw this; You should visit" unimaginative narrative.
Please incorporate elements about local flavour - culture, tradition, history, resort staff, food, special events etc. if you feel these are interesting and they flow nicely into your story.
For all destination stories, please feel free to provide a checklist of standard information, including:

Means of transport to reach the destination (airlines, frequency of flights, etc)
A description of the dive seasons and climate (peak seasons, water/ air temperatures, rainy/ dry seasons, wetsuit/ drysuit requirements, etc)
Documents & Taxes (Visas, entry/ departure taxes, etc)
Electricity (Voltage, outlet shapes)
Currency (Local and accepted)
Tipping (Yes/ No standard practice)
Health & Safety
Other Considerations
Time Zone (deviation from GMT)
Website references for additional information about relevant resorts, airlines, unique fauna/ flora, relevant environmental issues, etc .

Marine Life Stories: Narratives about marine life should preferably be no longer than 1000 words, but longer stories will be considered if interesting. These stories should be about a specific creatures or group of creatures that would be of interest to the diving community.
Stories may be framed as interesting personal encounters, general descriptive text, or any other imaginative angle that conveys useful information. Stories should be well researched, with relevant fauna and flora properly identified with Genus and species names where possible. Members of our panel of Consultants will review Critter stories for accuracy.

Environment Stories: Protection and preservation of the marine environment and resources is a topic that concerns us all. Stories relating to such issues should be a maximum of 1000 words but longer stories will be considered if interesting.
The tone of environmental stories should be constructive. The purpose of environmental stories is to educate readers about facts, provide a range of views, suggest sources for additional reading, stimulate comments and provide options for taking action where relevant.

Logbook Stories: Why not tell a story revolving about a particular dive in your loog-book? If you are the type who takes time to create meticulous and fascinating entries in your logbooks. If you or someone you know does this, send us a scan of your favourite page to share with the rest of the community, along with a write up describing the dive experience that inspired the logbook entry.

Photography: We can feature a series of photographs related by a common theme. Submissions for this should include a series of good quality photographs with a common theme or subject, along with a write up describing the theme of the images, the photographer's experiences taking the images, the message intended by the photographs, etc.
Please also include relevant photographic data (Camera, lens, depth, aperture, shutter speed, film or ISO setting, strobes).

Single Frame: We can feature one underwater photograph with an interesting story!! Submissions for this should include a single photograph of particular interest (subject, angle, experience, composition, technique, etc) along with a write up describing the unique experience or topic related to the photograph.
Please also include relevant photographic data (Camera, lens, depth, aperture, shutter speed, film or ISO setting, strobes).
Review a Book: Have you been reading a diving book that you would like to recommend to others? You can contribute with your own review.

Other Stories: There's no limit to other potential ideas. If you've got a good idea, or you've got something you really want to share with the diving and marine conservation communities, send us a summary proposal.

Submission Guidelines -

Submission Method: Text for approved stories should be sent by email, either within the body of the email, or attached as a text file or MS Word document. Email submissions should take into consideration bandwidth and server storage constraints. Do not send high-resolution files unless we specifically request.

Style: Our house style is standard UK English. Limit use of passive voice sentence structures and perform a spell check prior to submission. For longer submissions, break text up into subsections, and provide relevant subheadings. Be creative, incorporate humour where appropriate, and don't take yourself too seriously. All photographs must have clear, meaningful captions.

Photographs/Illustrations: All photographs and illustrations should be of acceptable quality.
Digital and scanned images should be manipulated as little as possible, limited to cropping, spotting, levels adjustment and the like. Excessive manipulation or distortion of images will reduce the likelihood of publication. Substandard images will not be published, and we reserve the right to use images from other sources and/ or hold stories until such time that suitable images become available.
All images should be properly captioned (including Genus and species names where applicable) and credited. Submissions for destination stories should include a range of underwater and topside images.

Copyright: All submissions shall automatically constitute an expressed warranty by the Contributor that all materials are original and in no way an infringement upon any rights of others.

Submission, Usage and Return: Contributors must state their full name, mailing address and email address. Aliases or nick names are acceptable. Totally anonymous submissions will not be considered. Please state if the contribution is complimentary as at this stage we can only consider complimentary contributions.
We will contact Contributors whose submissions we accept.

Unsolicited Materials are very welcome!!

Further inquiries: Please direct further inquiries and story proposals to the editor@the-frog-man.net .

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