Honored with the 2018 NOGI Award in the Arts by the Underwater Academy of Arts and Sciences, an EMMY Award for cinematography, the Diving Equipment and Marketing Association’s (DEMA) Reaching Out Award in 2008 as a photographer, Marty Snyderman is a widely published still photographer and author.
Throughout his career, Marty has worked to conserve and share the magic of the undersea world. Marty serves as the Marine Life Editor of Dive Training magazine and Senior Editor of California Diving News. His still photography has been used by many major diving and wildlife publications, natural history museums, and aquaria.
While representing Nikon Inc. and Sea&Sea USA and through his own courses, Marty has taught underwater photography in person and offered instruction as a magazine columnist for most of his adult life. In the late 1990s, Marty produced Depth Perception, the first online course on underwater photography. His cinematography has been used by National Geographic, the PBS series Nature, BBC, Discovery Channel, Audubon, Howard Hall Productions, Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom, Hardy Jones Productions, ESPN, and many other networks and entities around the world. Marty served on the Board of Trustees of the Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF) from 2010 until 2019.
Eric Riesch is the Photo Editor and Managing Director of New World Publications, Inc. in Jacksonville, Florida. For the past 30 years, he has managed the press production, photo retouching, placement, and cataloging of more than 10,000 photos in 12 marine life identification books by Paul Humann and Ned DeLoach. Topping the list is Reef Fish Identification – Tropical Pacific, which includes more than 2,500 images. He assisted the layout and design of Ned and Anna DeLoach’s Reef Fish Behavior and Stan Waterman’s autobiographical Sea Salt. He also managed the print production of Diving Pioneers and Innovators and Nudibranch & Sea Slug Identification - Indo-Pacific. He designed the layout for the Apple books version of Reef Fish Identification - Florida Caribbean Bahamas and has produced ten PDF eBooks for New World Publications.
Riesch has been making underwater photographs for more than 20 years during trips to Indonesia, the Philippines, Galapagos Islands, and throughout the Caribbean. His photographs have been used by numerous public aquaria and have appeared in a variety of books and magazines. He has judged several international underwater photographic competitions and authored a series of articles for Dive Photo Guide’s “Critter Corner”.
For the first sixteen years of Eric Hanauer’s professional career, diving took a backseat to swimming. He was a successful coach at the high school and university level, and developed the grab start, now used by competitive swimmers everywhere. Eric founded the scuba program at California State University Fullerton, and for 35 years was its Diving Safety Officer. He trained over 2,000 students in courses ranging from basic scuba to underwater photography. He retired in 1999 as an Associate Professor of Kinesiology.
Eric’s first magazine article appeared in Skin Diver in 1977. That launched a parallel career as a writer and photographer that took Eric around the world in the heyday of the magazine industry. Eventually, he expanded into other publications, including Dive Training, Fathoms, Scubapro Diving and Snorkeling, Scuba Times, and Sport Diver, among others. His byline has appeared in over 1,000 articles, many reprinted internationally. The recipient of the prestigious NOGI (New Orleans Grand Isle) Award in Sports/Education in 2019 presented by the Underwater Academy of Arts and Sciences, Eric has written four additional books: The Egyptian Red Sea, Diving Pioneers, Diving Micronesia, and Immersion, a corporate history of Aqua Lung.
Dan Orr, President of Dan Orr Consulting, has more than 50 years of diving experiences under his weight belt. He retired from the position of President of Divers Alert Network (DAN) after 23 years where he helped DAN focus on its worldwide diving safety mission. While at DAN, he assumed a variety of roles and, along with Jeff Bertsch, was responsible for the development and implementation of the DAN Oxygen Program.
Dan has been an invited speaker at numerous national and international diver conferences. He has published and co-authored hundreds of articles and a dozen books and manuals including Scuba Diving Safety, Pocket Guide to First Aid for Scuba Diving Injuries; Pocket Guide for Hazardous Marine Life Injuries; and the DAN Oxygen First Aid for Scuba Diving Injuries Training Manual.
Dan has also been honored by his peers by being the recipient of many prestigious awards and honors including the NOGI Award in Sports/Education, the Leonard Greenstone Award for Diving Safety, the Our World-Underwater Award, Beneath the Sea’s Diver of the Year, the Wyland Foundation Award for Lifetime Achievement, and the DEMA Reaching Out Award. He is a member of the Hall of Fame for Disabled Divers, the Diving Industry Hall of Fame, and the International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame.
Betty Orr is Vice-President of Dan Orr Consulting, a dynamic company that provides marketing, review of safety protocols, and technical advice to the diving community. Betty retired from Divers Alert Network and DAN Services after 23 years where she was Vice-President of Insurance Services.
She then served as Managing Editor for Dive Training Magazine and Dive Center Business Magazine until 2020. Prior to coming to DAN, Betty worked for the Florida Department of Regulation as an agent in the Division of Planning and Research and at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio as an Associate Professor of Biology.
Betty has Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Biology and has authored or contributed to many books and magazine articles about scuba diving. She is an editor for books of all genres. Betty is an inaugural year inductee into The Women Divers Hall of Fame.
Barry is a Contributing Editor and Video Producer for Dive Training and Dive Center Business magazines, where he and his wife, Ruthie, produce the text and imagery for two monthly columns. In addition, he has produced more than 80 magazine covers.
He has served as the President of the Dallas Underwater Photographic Society since its inception in 1992. Barry often tutors other photographers and gives presentations on both Photoshop and Lightroom. Since becoming a professional photographer, his list of clients has included; Aeries Dive Equipment, Electronic Data Systems, Renata Batteries, Moby Drysuits, Excel Wetsuits, SeaLife Cameras, SeaCure Mouthpieces, Cressi Sub, Dive Goddess Diveskins, Dive Paradise-Cozumel, Hotel Cozumel Resort, Underwater Kinetics, Bonaire Tourist Board, and Scholastic Books.