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Fund exhibitions in London & Phnom Penh regarding Cambodia's UXO Salvage Diver team whose work I have documented for the last 2 years
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It has been over 30 years since the end of the Khmer Rouge regime, which resulted in the deaths of an estimated 2 million people. Cambodia and its people still suffer from the legacy of that dark time in a variety of ways, including the deadly and hidden threat of abandoned land mines, which still kill or injure more than 100 people every year.

Since the early 1990s, the Cambodian Mine Action Centre (CMAC) has been training de-miners and has been responsible for clearing vast areas of Cambodia from the threat of land mines. The huge task has now taken a new direction for CMAC. The group, working in conjunction with the Golden West Humanitarian Foundation, has selected a 9-person strong group of de-miners from 40 hopeful volunteers to become Cambodia’s first elite salvage diving unit.

During the early 1970’s ships carrying large stockpiles of explosive ordinance to supply the Khmer Republic were sunk in the Mekong and Tonlé Sap rivers by the Khmer Rouge and have laid there ever since, as has the large ordinance dropped by the American Military during the Vietnam War on Cambodia which ended up in rivers and lakes.

The selected 9 divers are being trained not only to dive and recover, but are also learning how to do so completely blind in depths of up to 30 meters and against the strong currents of the Mekong and Tonlé Sap rivers. These are hostile conditions require both physical and mental strength and dexterity.

I have been documenting the progress of the team for 2 years and have seen them progress into the team they are today.. its been a real privilege.. now its time to share the project with a wider audience. 

An Exhibition of the project will be shown at The Brunei Gallery, London for three months from the 10th July 2015. The solo show is open to the public as well as an associated educational event. 

In early 2016 the work will be exhibited in Phnom Penh Cambodia, I think it's really important to show the project "back home" all captions will be translated into the Khmer Language making it accessible to the wider population..

The work of the divers is the final frontier of UXO clearance in Cambodia, please help me to share this story.

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    Social media shout out / listed as a contributor on a display board at the exhibition in London and Phnom Penh, as well as on the Brunei Gallery website.

    Set of 6 postcards with images from the exhibition with personalised note from the Photographer for both you and your guest.

    Print from a selection of images from the exhibition (12 inches x 8 inches)

    Invite for you and a guest to the private view of the exhibition in either London / Phnom Penh

    You will receive a handmade model of an ‘explosive charge’ used by De-miners to detonate UXO - the model doubles as a pen holder !! looks very cool on a desk

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    Social media shout out / listed as a contributor on a display board at the exhibition in London and Phnom Penh, as well as on the Brunei Gallery website.

    Set of 6 postcards with images from the exhibition with personalised note from the Photographer.

    Large print from a selection of images from the exhibition (16 inches x 12 inches)

    Invite to the private view of the exhibition in either London / Phnom Penh

    Private individual tour of the exhibition in either Phnom Penh / or London with the Photographer (estimated tour time 45 minutes).

    You will receive a handmade model of an ‘explosive charge’ used by De-miners to detonate UXO - the model doubles as a pen holder !! looks very cool on a desk

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    Social media shout out / listed as a contributor on a display board at the exhibition in London and Phnom Penh, as well as on the Brunei Gallery website.

    Set of 6 postcards with images from the exhibition with personalised note from the Photographer for the lead contributor – other guests in the party will receive a set of 4 postcards.

    Large print from a selection of images from the exhibition (16 inches x 12 inches)

    Invite for you and up to 3 guests to the private view of the exhibition in either London / Phnom Penh

    Group tour of the exhibition in either Phnom Penh or London - bring yourself and up to 3 other people to tour the exhibition with the Photographer (estimated tour time 60 minutes)

    You and your guests will each receive a handmade model of an ‘explosive charge’ used by De-miners to detonate UXO - the model doubles as a pen holder !! looks very cool on a desk

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    Social media shout out / listed as a contributor on a display board at the exhibition in London and Phnom Penh, as well as on the Brunei Gallery website.

    Set of 6 postcards with images from the exhibition with personalised note from the Photographer each for you and your guests.

    Large print from a selection of images from the exhibition (16 inches x 12 inches)

    Invite for you and up to 3 guests to the private view of the exhibition in either London / Phnom Penh

    Group tour of the exhibition in either Phnom Penh or London - bring yourself and up to 3 other people to tour the exhibition with the Photographer (estimated tour time 60 minutes).

    You and your guests will each receive a handmade model of an ‘explosive charge’ used by De-miners to detonate UXO - the model doubles as a pen holder !! looks very cool on a desk

    Group Photo with you and your guests shared on Instagram

    PHNOM PENH ONLY: - Swim with the Divers. You and your 3 guests join the diver team on one of their training swims in the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh. Their training sessions last around 3 hours and you will train like a diver (except any scuba activities). I dare you to jump off the high board!!

    Group Photo with you and the divers to be shared on Instagram

    (N.B. Flights, accommodation and any other costs associated with getting to Phnom Penh are NOT included – you all need to be able to swim)

    LONDON ONLY: - Select one of the standard sized pictures from the exhibition and it will be delivered to you (Free within the UK – at an additional shipping cost outside the UK) once the exhibition closes in September 2015.

    Photo of you in front of your selected picture to be shared on Instagram

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