Paul Dold

born 1973

resident in Horsham, England 

Occupation: Engineering Machine Shop Manager 

Working for a manufacturer and supplier of static tension and/or compression tension machines. 

As I grew up I had only ever taken photos for records then when my Daughter was born back in 2002 I invested in a digital camera, I then took this small 3.2 megapixel camera underground to record the entertainment and beauty of caving trips so I could use the pictures to enthuse others. My hobby has grown and I now enjoy taking my camera everywhere and challenging myself to look at places, situations and life differently and then capture the picture, at the hart of all my photography is my love of caving and combining the camera gives an added challenge and the opportunity to show others the beauty below the earth. 

I have been involved in Scouting from the age of eight and over the last 26 years I have been taking groups of people of all ages underground. I am now a Group Scout Leader and a County caving Assessor for Scouts, I hold British Caving Association qualifications and I have also been a member of the South East Cave Rescue Team for over 15years. I’m a founder member of the West Sussex Cave Club and I am also a member of the Wessex Cave Club in Somerset. 

I have been caving for nearly 30 years and I have been fortunate to visit many fantastic caves across the world, including France, Spain, Slovenia, and Ireland In the last 10 years I have been heavily involved with the Matienzo Caving Expedition in Spain, this have given me the opportunity to explore, map and photograph new caves and I think it this experience of exploration and being able to map and photograph something new and exciting that keeps me motivated 

I am a member of the Royal Photographic Society and I have achieved an LRPS Distinction, I have had pictures published in books, magazines, calendars and some have been seen on TV. I am also the vice chairman of the Steyning Camera club, where I have had success over the years in local and regional competitions.

Serena Povia

I've been caving for about 10 years in the UK, France, Austria, Spain and Italy.

I enjoy being in front of the lens and sometimes behind it! 

I've been on the cover of Descent Magazine as a model twice and I've just had my first photograph published in print (July 2015 cover of GSA's Geology).

In my day job I'm a Physics tutor for the University of Cambridge, by night I love alternative music and associated fashions (goth/metal/steampunk).

Above all, I enjoy being really really silly!