FORUM – WOMEN IN DIVING
It’s not everyday you get to sit down with some of the world’s top female underwater photographers together in one room. Come and join them as they share and discuss their expertise and experiences photographing the underwater world; be it the biggest whales to the tiniest of parasites. From tropical colourful reefs to cold dark kelp forests. From waiting a minute to spending weeks for that one perfect shot. It’ll be worth it.
For as long as she can remember, Nurul has always been fascinated by the ocean. She learnt to swim at the age of 3 and was already snorkelling with fishes by the time she was 5. Whilst kids her age aspired to be firemen, doctors or their favourite superheroes, she wanted to be a dolphin trainer. She always knew that one way or another she would end up being a part of the underwater world.
After quitting her corporate life in Kuala Lumpur, Nurul followed her dreams to become a Dive Instructor. She worked on various paradise islands including the Perhentians, Mabul and Pom Pom Island, where she won multiple awards for her outstanding achievement as a PADI Instructor. At some point, she decided to pick up Underwater Photography as a new challenge and immediately fell in love with it. Fast forward 8 years, she has been featured in diving magazines and websites and have won multiple awards for her work. Whether she is swimming with sharks in the Bahamas or fighting against the strong currents in Indonesia, it is always with a camera in one hand and her eyes wide open – “ I try my utmost to document and create stories through my photography”.
With a PhD in Zoology and specialising in herpetology, Norhayati is a professor in Biological Sciences and Biotechnology at UKM. Awarded four times for quality of service, winning six national book awards and bagging the title of Best of Show Category in photography during MIDE 2018, Norhayati has also published more than 94 journals, 12 books, 24 technical reports and made countless contributions to many other literary and editorial publications. As an Advanced NAUI SCUBA and a certified Reef Check Reef Check Eco diver of the Organisation since 2010, she has also established an international outreach as a collaborator, recipient of scholarships to the UK, Japan and Australia.
Founder of Moby Tek Dive Centre
I’ve been diving for 16 years. I’ve been a diving instructor for 8 years. I own and run a dive centre in Tioman Island named Moby Tek Dive Centre. I am also an open circuit technical diving instructor and a closed circuit rebreather diver.
Cheryl is currently a Board Member of Malaysia Aviation Group, Malaysia Airlines Berhad and Good Doctor. She is a Global Executive Committee of World Federation of Advertisers (WFA). She’s also a committee member of Tengah Island Conservation and a 2021 Acumen fellow.
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