About Devocean Pictures
Devocean Pictures is a company offering creative content development: (Visual) storytelling to open hearts and minds. Besides the business perspective, Devocean Pictures is our baby, our gift to the world, and our way to express our love and devotion to life on earth and in the ocean.
Our vision is to open hearts and create interest in exploring new horizons.
Step into the world – physically or virtually – with curiosity, respect, an open mind, and (self-)awareness. Our actions affect others, affect the world. Change is the only constant. Let's create a more just, respectful, healthy, equal, environmentally stable, social, peaceful, and safe environment for all living beings.
Our mission and philosophy
- dive and document: Open your eyes.
- evolve and educate: Change is possible.
- guide and guard: Experience and respect nature.
- live and love: Become your true self.
- search and share: Knowledge is power.
- connect and protect: Transform the world.
We protect what we understand and love – be it in or outside the ocean. That's a driving force behind all our services.
Luckily, there are many more out there envisioning a different way of living, consuming, and producing. We introduce ideas and campaigns in our blogs Dive, travel, connect & protect, and Abgetaucht as well as on social media to inspire action on all levels by spreading knowledge, piquing interest, creating awareness and thinking in solutions as our world resources are endless and we rather careless with what is taken, produced and discarded. To not get lost in negativity, we highlight the beauty in nature and human action that always exist and are worth fighting for.
We love to promote projects, places, people, and products, we believe in, and support NGOs, social movements, (local) initiatives, we share a common goal with. To be transparent as well as supportive, we collect those website entries in Connect and protect to transform our world (last update: 25 March 2021).
Contact us to get discuss topics, point out alternatives, and share your vision, ideas, or projects with us.
Yoeri has felt connected to the ocean for as long as he can remember. As a Master Scuba Diver Trainer (MSDT) he guided, taught, and managed dive centres and liveaboard operations all around the world, often in remote locations, for over 25 years. In 2001, he went into filming full-time: First underwater and on boats, then nature and culture on land, and finally he took to the air with a drone.
His work includes numerous promotional films, documentation for conservation programs, productions for NGOs, and educational as well as travel programs for Dutch, German, Swiss, Egyptian, and Philippine broadcast companies. Our portfolio: Film opens the door into his visual wonderland and critical mind.
His motto: Follow your heart.
Nicola has been drawn to the ocean since her first visit to the sea. Strongly interested in photography and writing, she decided to learn more about the world and how to protect it. After finishing her studies of Geography, Management of the Environment, and Politics in Bochum and Berlin (Germany), she worked for several years for NGOs on projects and campaigns from energy and climate justice to trade and investment policy and raw materials (all-time favourite: PowerShift e.V.).
Travelling and diving opened up new horizons for personal growth as well as storytelling. While researching energy justice and community development in the Philippines, she fell head over heels in love with diving – and Yoeri. She became a PADI instructor in 2012. Nicola uses pictures to illustrate her writing and vice versa (Our portfolio: Writing and Photography).
Her motto: Dive into life with love and devotion.
Smokey is our soul mate. We are so very grateful, she chose to live with us as she is an endless source of love, joy, and wonder.
And then along comes Smokey is the love story behind this cutiful fur baby. We are looking forward to write the next chapter of our joint adventures.
About the ocean and diving
Diving is our form of active meditation. Underwater we find happiness in the present moment. There are so many healing and soothing factors to the ocean. There is so much we love about diving and nature.
As we only protect what we know and care about, we start right there by creating videos, photos, and (visual) stories in English and German to get to know more about life in different parts of the world, nature on land as well as in the ocean and how it is all connected. We explain animal behaviour, feature initiatives, spread the good news, demystify the image of diving as an extreme sport, and present whatever else we do, like, support and find relevant to share in order to save our blue planet (though the planet will surely survive us).
Even though we think it is the time to show the beauty of the world, we can’t turn a blind eye to the dark sides as the solutions have to fit the problems at hand: waste, pollution, destruction, exploitation, abuse, … which are threatening our world and its oceans. We are all connected and it’s not too late to act and change the path we are on. Rules and regulations are needed, nevertheless, our attitudes and actions matter.
We practice diving deluxe for our own enjoyment and personal growth and as a guideline for our personalised diving service: Diving deluxe – With love and devotion. To protect our underwater treasures from destructive diving practices we focus on improving the buoyancy control of all our students and dive buddies. Respect the environment, control your movements and positions, and at the same time, you’ll save energy and conserve air. The better your buoyancy control the more you can enjoy the natural wonders of the sea.
Take a Minute to Relax
Take a Minute LIV: Electric Clam (Ctenoides ales)
Take a Minute LIII: Sea Bunny (Jorunna parva)
Take a Minute LII: Picasso Triggerfish (Rhinecanthus aculeatus)
Take a Minute LI: Banggai cardinalfish (Pterapogon kauderni)
Take a Minute L: The Coral Reef (Life sustaining symbiosis)
Take a Minute XLIX: Blue-lined philinopsis (Philinopsis speciosa)
Take a Minute XLVIII: Hairy Frogfish (Antennarius striatus)
Take a Minute XLVII: Hard coral polyps (Hexacorallia)
Take a minute XLVI: Leaf scorpionfish (Taenianotus triacanthus)
Take a minute XLV: Giant moray eel (Gymnothorax javanicus)
Take a Minute XLIV: Long-arm Octopus (Abdopus sp.)
Take a Minute XLIII : Tiger Shrimp (Phyllognatia ceratophthalma)
Take a Minute XLII : Ornate Ghostpipefish (Solenostomus paradoxus)
Take a Minute XLI: Goniobranchus kuniei
Take a Minute XL: Hawksbill Sea Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata)
In this video series, we invite you to “Take a Minute” to relax and refresh your mind and soul with visual meditation. Take a 1-minute break from whatever you are doing to immerse yourself in the beauty of our blue planet. For this minute, Yoeri selects one long shot to allow you to fully focus on one creature or seascape. Dive into the scene, feel the energy, open your heart, connect to the subject, look for details or simply get carried away!
Be here now. Take this one minute to be fully present, instead of analysing the past or planning the future. It is quite interesting to see how long and relaxing one minute can be as soon as we stay in that moment - fully aware, fully present, fully relaxed. Observing one long scene, in contrary to the bombardment of pictures, news and fast cuts we are getting on a daily basis, helps to calm us down, to ground and centre us. Sometimes all it takes is 1 minute to recharge.