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Date: November 8, 2005
Media Contact: Elizabeth Homan, 301-251-7970; Steve Simon, 301-251-7952

Explore the Beauty of Marine Life at Montgomery College Exhibit
Germantown Campus to Open Underwater Photography Show Nov. 30

PHOTO EDITORS - high-resolution images to accompany this release:  AtikkanBrittlestar.jpgAtikkanShrimponAnemone.jpg; FindikogluBrainCoral.jpg; FindikogluStarCoral.jpg

A world of creatures exists beneath the water’s surface, their shapes and colors visible only to scuba divers.  Now, with Montgomery College hosting an underwater photography show by two of its faculty, Professor Zeki Findikoglu and Dr. Esat Atikkan, everyone can get a glimpse of that world.  The exhibit will be on display from November 30, 2005 through January 31, 2006, at Montgomery College’s Germantown Campus, in the High Technology Building Galleria, located on the second floor, 20200 Observation Drive, Germantown, Md. 

The exhibit showcases Professor Findikoglu’s photographs of the marine life found in the Caymans and at the Turkish coast of the Mediterranean.  Dr. Atikkan’s photographs feature the organisms found underwater at local quarries and the Atlantic and Pacific Coasts of the United States.  Both men use slide film with Nikonos underwater cameras. 

An opening reception will be held on Wednesday, November 30, from 6–8 p.m., in the Galleria.  At 6 p.m., Dr. Atikkan will also give a talk on “Underwater Photography as a Natural Extension of Scuba Diving,” in Globe Hall, which is located next to the Galleria, inside the High Technology and Science Center.

Dr. Esat Atikkan is an adjunct professor of biology at Montgomery College’s Rockville Campus, where he teaches Natural Science of the Chesapeake Bay.  Dr. Atikkan also teaches scuba diving at the Germantown Campus.  Professor Findikoglu chairs the art department at Montgomery College’s Germantown Campus and teaches courses in fine art, computer graphics, and digital photography.  Findikoglu got scuba certified in one of Atikkan’s classes, where they found that they share a love of underwater photography.  Findikoglu went on to graduate from the Nikon School of Underwater Photography in the Cayman Islands. 

Dr. Atikkan will teach an introduction to skin and scuba diving class at Montgomery College’s Germantown Campus, starting January 25, 2006.  At the conclusion of that class in mid-April, Findikoglu will offer an underwater photography class.  For more information on these scuba and underwater photography classes, contact the Montgomery College-Germantown Humanities Office at 301-353-7746. 

For more information on the underwater photography show, contact the Montgomery College-Germantown Art Department at 301-353-7762.

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Montgomery College is a public, open admissions community college with campuses in Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park/Silver Spring, plus workforce development/continuing education centers and off-site programs throughout Montgomery County, Md.  The College serves more than 55,000 students a year, through both credit and noncredit programs, in more than 100 areas of study.

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