Stephen Frink named Beneath the Sea’s DIVER OF THE YEAR

Well-known industry icon to join impressive list of industry figures March 23 during Beneath the Sea Show in New Jersey

Beneath the Sea has announced that Alert Diver magazine Publisher Stephen Frink has been named the 2013 Diver of the Year for his outstanding service to the scuba diving industry. Frink, one of the most published underwater photographers in the world, will join a long list of high profile industry figures including Jean-Michel Cousteau, Scott Carpenter, Stan Waterman and others March 23 when he receives the "Diver of the Year Medal of Excellence" at a special VIP Banquet.

According to officials from Beneath the Sea, "The Diver of the Year Award is conferred for major contributions in public service, safety, science, environment, the arts, or education."

A former member of the DAN Board of Directors, Stephen Frink has been helping to promote and publicize the underwater world since moving to the Florida Keys in 1978. His images have appeared in Scuba Diving magazine where he served as Director of Photography, in addition to being a contributing photographer for Skin Diver magazine for 17 years. Frink has authored a coffee table book titled "Wonders of the Reef", and teaches Masters level courses of Stephen Frink School of Underwater Digital Imaging in his home waters of Key Largo, Florida.

"On behalf of the entire DAN organization, I'm pleased to congratulate Stephen on this impressive honor," said William Ziefle, President and CEO of DAN, Inc. "His contributions within the DAN organization are renowned, elevating DAN's Alert Diver magazine to award winning prominence. I can't think of anyone who has done more to introduce people – through the lens of the camera - to the wonder and excitement of recreational scuba diving. Well done, Stephen."

Along with his impressive images used in the recreational scuba diving world, Frink's work is frequently published outside the industry. Over the last three decades, he has worked with well-known companies including Canon, Nikon, Victoria's Secret, Jantzen, Alcan Aluminum, R.J. Reynolds, American Express and Club Med; as well as scores of resorts and liveaboard dive boats throughout the world. Rolex Watch Company has also engaged Frink for both endorsement and product photography.

For more information about the 2013 Beneath the Sea Diver of the Year Awards, visit the Beneath the Sea website.

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