Very sad to share the news that long-time member Andy Jackson past away last month, 14th of October.
Andy Jackson – 27th May 1959 - 14th October 2019
Andy's wide, Jackie Daly, said this: "Andy died suddenly while out riding his bicycle on a regular training ride. His high level of fitness masked a heart condition which proved fatal on 14th October. We are all shocked and devastated at losing our hero."
Andy’s funeral was held on Tuesday 29th October 2019, 12:45pm at Woodlands Crematorium, Scarborough, North Yorkshire with a reception held afterwards at the Scarborough Sub Aqua Club.
"Devoted husband to Jackie, inspirational dad to Ellie and Fred, loving brother to Sue, uncle, great uncle, and wonderful friend and colleague to so many people. He is gone far too soon.
A talented underwater cameraman, Andy’s films captivated millions of people through much-loved shows like BBC Springwatch and Blue Planet II. His work has helped increase protection for threatened marine habitats and animals.
Prior to his wildlife filmmaking career, Andy was a pioneer of North Sea shipwrecks, discovering and charting their locations, often returning with barnacle-encrusted artefacts.
Throughout his life, Andy has always loved intrepid adventure, the natural world, and creating beautiful things – from treehouses to boats to homes to highly-specialised filming equipment. Always ready to lend a hand, his generous spirit has built great friendships from the Highlands to the South Coast to his native Yorkshire.
We are devastated to lose Andy, our hero, such a bright light in our lives, and invited his family and friends to join us at a service to commemorate his magnificent achievements in life and the brilliance of his soul."
Details: dignityfunerals.co.uk/funeral-notices/14-10-2019-andy-jackson where you can make a donation to
the British Heart Foundation in memorandum.
At the end of the second episode of Autumnwatch on Wednesday, October 30th, a tribute was made to Andy Jackson ... An article about it with some background info was published here: realitytitbit.com
In a tribute entitled Andy Jackson – Just Add Light To Water", written by Sara Nason for Sea Change, she says "When George Brown, Andy’s trusted dive buddy called to say Andy had died unexpectedly, it was not just a shock, it was incomprehensible. It is hard to come to terms with the loss of such a dedicated, talented, generous and big hearted storyteller of the underwater world – and grasp the fact that he is no longer with us. He was in his prime and had so much still to give. Andy and his wife Jackie were an unusually talented team. Our hearts go out to her, his family and children." More here: seachangewesterross.co.uk/andy-jackson-just-add-light-water
Little Green Island Films produced the lovely video tribute:
In memory of Andy Jackson from Little Green Island Films
They say: 'Andy's untimely death is a tragic loss for the whole dive and conservation community. Sea Change in particular owe him a huge debt as our surveys were predominantly his work. Sea Change, SCFF and SubSea.TV made up the early survey partnership which Andy called the "A Team" from 2016-when we began surveyed Wester Ross MPA and then set up maerl transects together. Soon realising his storytelling talent was better placed elsewhere...This A Team was Ali Hughson and Andy working together. Next year he planned to film the squid at Reiff in June and return to tell the story of herring and of course his beloved Bobtail squid in Loch Carron working with George Brown as his buddy on occasion. We will all miss the sheer joy it was to see his stories as they developed as well as sharing his enthusiasm over the small things of the seabed. He will be very much missed. Our hearts go out to Jackie and his children and family."
In 2015, Andy was the winner of the British Wildlife Photography Awards for his film in the Wildlife in HD Video category:
BWPA 2015 WILDLIFE IN HD VIDEO WINNER – 'The Last Seahorse in Studland'
Camera, Edit & Production by member Andy Jackson, Written & Narrated by Jackie Daly
"We’re thrilled to share that our film The Last Seahorse in Studland? has won the Wildlife in HD Video category of the British Wildlife Photography Awards 2015.
Every year, we’re inspired by the beautiful photographs and films that tell dynamic, breathtaking, and intimate stories of Britain’s wildlife across all categories of the BWPAwards. It’s a great honour to have our work recognised amongst such talented company. Big congratulations to all the other category winners and commended entries.
We’re hopeful that winning the competition will bring more attention to the plight of British seahorses and help to protect one of our most iconic marine animals." www.subseatv.net
.The Last Seahorse from BWPAwards
Example Film as Contributor: Scotland’s Hidden Flames, November 2015 bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03hfmpd
Watch The illegal industrial fishing damaging Scotland’s ‘Great Barrier Reef', put out today by Channel 4 News, which used footage captured by Andy: channel4.com/news/the-illegal-industrial-fishing-damaging-scotlands-great-barrier-reef
We extend our warmest condolences to Jackie, all of his family and all of his friends and say R.I.P. to Andy.
Much-loved Scarborough man Andrew Jackson, diver and underwater camera man, passes away aged 60 – The Scarborough News As a child growing up in Scarborough, Andrew Jackson, who has died aged 60, developed a love for the sea which only deepened throughout his life and was behind many of his extraordinary achievements.
Obituary: Andrew Jackson, filmmaker – The Yorkshire Post Andrew Jackson, who has died at 60, was a diver and filmmaker from Scarborough whose footage appeared in David Attenborough’s Blue Planet II, as well as on the BBC’s Springwatch, Autumnwatch and Winterwatch programmes and America’s National Geographic.
Underwater cameraman Andy Jackson dies – Divernet Yorkshire diver Andy Jackson has died of a heart attack at the age of 60. Known to many divers since the 1980s for his North Sea wreck-diving exploits, he had gone on to make his living filming UK marine life for TV programmes including Spring-, Autumn- and Winterwatch and The One Show.