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GLIN==> Press release: National Geographic contributor shares Underwater Images August 16

Title: Press release: National Geographic contributor shares Underwater Images August 16
PRESS RELEASE: Use before August 16, 2007                                    
Contact:  Teresa Mitchell or Peggy Morgia, 315-646-1000
Note: Next program in the series is August 2 with NYS Historic Register Coordinator Mark Peckham at the Seaway Trail Discovery Center in Sackets Harbor at 6 pm.

National Geographic Contributor to Share Underwater Images of the World
August 16 at Clayton Opera House

Sackets Harbor, NY – Be prepared to sit in awe of the photographic skill of David Doubilet, who has photographed more than 60 stories for National Geographic Magazine since 1971, and at the underwater beauty of the Great Lakes Seaway Trail and waters worldwide when Mr. Doubilet shares his Underwater Images at the Clayton Opera House in Clayton, NY, on Thursday, August 16. The 6 pm program is part of the 2007 Great Lakes Seaway Trail Shipwrecks exhibit and speakers series.

Doubilet will speak about his first underwater photography at age 12 with a Brownie Hawkeye camera and his life of adventure since then. His recent work has taken him from his home in Clayton, NY, to the underwater landscapes of some of the largest freshwater systems on the planet, including the Okavango Delta system in Botswana and the St. Lawrence River.

Doubilet says, “I try to redefine photographic boundaries each time I enter the water. My passion is the undersea majesty of light and how to capture it.”

Doubilet is a member of the International Diving Hall of Fame and the Royal Photographic Society, and author of seven books on the sea. He is the winner of The Explorers Club Lowell Thomas Award and the Lennart Nilsson Award in Photography. His work also appears in a Behind the Shot column in Sport Diver Magazine.

Admission to the evening program at the Clayton Opera House is $4. Seaway Trail, Inc. President and CEO Teresa Mitchell suggests those interested in the evening program arrive between 10 am and 5 pm at the Seaway Trail Discovery Center in Sackets Harbor to view the Great Lakes Seaway Trail Shipwrecks exhibit that includes an interactive underwater-simulated learning program courtesy of Pennsylvania Sea Grant, a series of interpretive panels, an underwater photography display provided by the Oswego Maritime Foundation, and a collection of reclaimed ship’s anchors on loan from French Creek Marina of Clayton, NY.  

The exhibit – admission is $4 - is sponsored by the Seaway Trail Foundation, New York and Pennsylvania Sea Grants; National Grid, TGI Fridays, Watertown; Day’s Inn-Denny’s, Watertown; French Creek Marina, Clayton; Key Bank; the New York State Divers Association and the Social Cultural Committee and Hospitality & Tourism Student Organization of Jefferson Community College, Watertown. The Seaway Trail Discovery Center, operated by Seaway Trail, Inc. and the Seaway Trail Foundation is in the former Union Hotel built in 1817-1818 and owned by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

The speakers series continues with August 30 and September 20 presentations by Captain Ken Kozin of Thousand Islands Dive Excursions and author and Great Lakes Historian Frederick Stonehouse. For details, go online to www.seawaytrail.com. Seaway Trail Foundation members receive free admission to the programs. For more info, contact Seaway Trail, Inc. at 646-1000. # # #

Other programs in the series:
August 30          
Captain Ken Kozin: the Wreck of the Islander off Alexandria Bay

September 20             
Great Lakes historian and author Frederick Stonehouse:  Haunted Shipwrecks of the Great Lakes Seaway Trail