Cover design for new Grand Cayman dive and snorkel guide

Which of these images is the best choice for the Grand Cayman dive and snorkel guidebook?


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Ian Popple

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Hi everyone. As many of you may already know, Reef Smart has been working on a Grand Cayman dive and snorkel guidebook for the past two years and we've finally reached the end of the production process. All that remains is to select an image for the front cover…and for this we’ll need your help! Please vote for the cover that you think best captures diving in Grand Cayman, or comment below on which one you this works best and why. The image with the most votes will be chosen as the cover of the guidebook, which is scheduled for publication in October. Thanks so much in advance for the feedback!

A little more info about the Grand Cayman guidebook: This is the fifth book in our dive and snorkel travel series, published by Mango Publishing. The guidebook describes the spectacular diving and snorkeling at 245 sites on the island and features an "indepth dive" into 47 of the island’s top sites using our unique 3D modeling technology. The guidebook includes: the Kittiwake, Babylon, Hepp’s Pipeline, Big Tunnels, Doc Poulson, Snapper Hole, Ironshore Gardens, The Maze and many more. Reef Smart is working on a second Cayman Islands guidebook focusing on Cayman Brac and Little Cayman and due for publication next year.

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So glad to hear that the GC guide will be released soon and that work is progressing on the guide for the Sister Islands. I hope we can get back to Cayman soon!
 

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Not a fan of one. Of all the natural beauty to highlight this option highlights an artificial wreck.

I thought the same thing at first, but the Kittiwake is a very dramatic and distinctive image so I am sure it will grab attention.

The Silversides are rather unique to GC and an experience we remember from our earliest visit, so that's what I picked.
 

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So glad to hear that the guide will be released soon and that work is progressing on the guide for the Sister Islands. I hope we can get back to Cayman soon!

Me too KathyV :wink:
 

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I thought the same thing at first, but the Kittiwake is a very dramatic and distinctive image so I am sure it will grab attention.

The Silversides are rather unique to GC and an experience we remember from our earliest visit, so that's what I picked.

Yes, Kittiwake is kind of the obvious choice, but maybe a bit too obvious and predictable. Personally, I like to feature a diver on our covers and the framing is just perfect for the one with the silversides. Additionally, so many of Grand Cayman's sites have grotto/tunnel systems filled with silversides in the summer it does kind of represent a unique feature of the island's dive sites.
 

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I think of these choices #1 makes the best book cover but I don't really like it. I don't think of Cayman as primarily wreck diving (or even like wreck diving too much) and would rather see something from nature. I like the idea of the silversides, but dislike that shot. It looks so artificial. .
 

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Cayman is not wrecks, Cayman is not the Kittiwake. Cayman is the beautiful walls and reefs and the associated sea life. Why not a photo to reflect that? I voted for the silversides only because it was the best of poor choices.

I have 10 trips and nearly 200 dives off Grand Cayman. I dived the Kittiwake 3 times off the Cayman Aggressor in 2018, including a night dive. It is a mediocre artificial reef dive, I'm grateful it is next to the Sand Chute and some reasonable shallow reef.
 

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My first thought was also of reef walls but that is characteristic of many Caribbean dive locations. Bloody Bay Wall or the Tibbetts might be the best choices for the next guide book about the Sister Islands but the Silversides are more unique to GC.

Of course diving and snorkeling with stingrays is most often associated with Grand Cayman, but stingray images have been used often on other publications.
 
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