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Prizes and Awards

Below are the awesome prizes for the 2012 Underwater Festival including some great Underwater Snapshot Participation Prizes that were drawn amongst all entrants irrespective of their shootout entry submissions

To our knowledge this is the one of the richest event in the industry worldwide - over $100,000 in prizes

Photographic Shootout Categories

Best of Show - from Photographic Shootout Category winners

Heron Island Resort 1st Prize: 5 day dive holiday for TWO at Heron Island Resort includes transfers, accommodation and diving - Heron Island Resort on the Great Barrier Reef is the only Great Barrier Reef Resort located on a true coral cay. Meaning, you are quite literally surrounded by the reef, you can swim right from the beach to an endless garden of coral teeming with marine life.

 

Behaviour

Perth Scuba 1st Prize: Perth Scuba - Nauticam EVIL Camera Housing. Perth Scuba is Western Australia’s largest dive centre. With over 650 metres of retail floor space, 2 large modern air conditioned classrooms, Presentation Theatre, Buddy Lounge, Scuba Museum and dedicated Technical diving, Underwater Photography and Videography store, Perth Scuba is your one stop shop when it comes to Scuba Diving in Perth.

Byron Bay Dive Centre2nd Prize: A$500 Byron Bay Dive Centre Voucher - Welcome to the Byron Bay Dive Centre. Dive and snorkel the Cape Byron Marine Park at the most easterly point of the Australian mainland. Experience the underwater brilliance of Julian Rocks Marine Reserve, one of Australia’s top ten dive sites.

 

 

 

Sex

eScuba - Atomic Aquatics Australia 1st Prize: Atomic COBALT Diving Computer - eScuba is the Australian distributor of Atomic Aquatics, a brand with a reputation for diving equipment of the highest caliber.

Sundive Byron Bay 2nd Prize: A$250 Sundive Byron Bay voucher. Welcome to the Sundive Byron Bay. Scuba Diving at the Julian Rocks in Byron Bay, Australia - An Underwater Photographer's Paradise!

 

 

Temperate Waters

Mares 1st Prize: MARES Dive computer ICON HD - Mares has become a worldwide leader in the manufacturing and distribution of state-of-the-art diving equipment, and continually sets new industry standards.

 

 

Newcastle Dive Centre 2nd Prize: A$500 Newcastle Dive Centre Voucher Newcastle Dive Centre is a PADI Dive and Oceanic Scuba Centre conveniently located in the heart of Newcastle with ample parking. Dive the HMAS Adelaide with us.

 

 

Coral Triangle

Rodney Fox Shark Expeditions 1st Prize: 4-night shark expedition with Rodney Fox Shark Expeditions - Discover Rodney Fox Shark Expeditions aboard the "Princess II" for the worlds ultimate shark adventure. Tours depart Port Lincoln in South Australia out to the famous Neptune Islands, which continues to be the very best place in the world to see and photograph Great White Sharks.

 

Aunoc Lights2nd Prize: aunoc 4TEN dive light Aunoc Lights are the makers of high powered LED lights made to military quality standards – tested to 240 meters – ultraclear glass and long burn times.

 

 

Freshwater

Olympus 1st Prize: Olympus camera / TG-1 Diving Bundle - Olympus offers a range of Digital SLR, Pen Camera, Zuiko Digital lenses, Digital Compact Camera and Underwater housing that will suit all your photographic needs.

 

 

 

eScuba - Atomic Aquatics Australia 2nd Prize: Atomic premium Fin Mask Snorkel Pack - eScuba is the Australian distributor of Atomic Aquatics, a brand with a reputation for diving equipment of the highest caliber.

 

Issues

Mike Ball Dive Expeditions1st Prize: 3 day - Fly Dive Cod Hole Expedition for ONE - Since 1969 Mike Ball has been setting standards in the Australian dive industry with exceptional liveaboard expeditions to the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea.

 

 

 

Byron Bay Dive Centre2nd Prize: A$500 Byron Bay Dive Centre Voucher - Welcome to the Byron Bay Dive Centre. Dive and snorkel the Cape Byron Marine Park at the most easterly point of the Australian mainland. Experience the underwater brilliance of Julian Rocks Marine Reserve, one of Australia’s top ten dive sites.

 

 

Nudis

Siladen Resort & Spa1st Prize: Siladen Resort & Spa - 4 day dive holiday - Siladen Resort & Spa from Manado in Sulawesi, Indonesia. Discover Bunaken National Park from this eco-friendly 4-star boutique socially responsible resort.

 

 

 

Dyron Photo & Video 2nd Prize: Dyron Photo & Video - EURO 300 voucher (valid worldwide). DYRON is a European brand. Dyron offers a wide range of accessories, lenses and lights for underwater photo and video. Full range, high quality, high technology. Custom machined material. Made in France - Europe.

 

The Neville Coleman Award

Redmap 1st Prize: Redmap - $500 CASH prize. Redmap (Range Extension Database and Mapping project) allows divers to report species that are observed outside their usual or known distribution range via an interactive website. Information collected can act as an early indication of how the distribution of our species is changing as our coastal waters warm, using citizen science to help track this on a national scale. A successful pilot project has been running in Tasmania for the last two years and now Redmap is launching nationally in October 2012! In the spirit of Redmap, we are sponsoring a $500 cash prize for ‘The Neville Coleman Award’ for the most interesting critter find!

Sundive Byron Bay 2nd Prize: A$250 Sundive Byron Bay voucher. Welcome to the Sundive Byron Bay. Scuba Diving at the Julian Rocks in Byron Bay, Australia - An Underwater Photographer's Paradise!

 

Sharks

South West Rocks Dive Centre 1st Prize: 2 night/4 dive package for TWO with South West Rocks Dive Centre South West Rocks Dive Centre offers Australia's best ocean cave dive, voted among the top ten dive sites in Australia. Fish Rock is located just over two kilometres off Smoky Cape at South West Rocks on the New South Wales Mid North Coast.

 

Newcastle Dive Centre 2nd Prize: Oceanic gift hamper Newcastle Dive Centre is a PADI Dive and Oceanic Scuba Centre conveniently located in the heart of Newcastle with ample parking. Dive the HMAS Adelaide with us.

 

 

Big Stuff

Fish 1st prize: 7 nights and 5 diving days with Fish'n Fins for one person Fish 'n Fins, the pioneer dive shop in Palau, is a PADI 5 stars resort. Offering all courses, as well as technical diving support. fully equiped photo shop. Best dive boats in Palau. Best dive/ hotel packages. Local and international dive guides.

 

Aunoc Lights2nd Prize: aunoc 4TEN dive light Aunoc Lights are the makers of high powered LED lights made to military quality standards – tested to 240 meters – ultraclear glass and long burn times.

 

 

Humans

Ikelite Ikelite video or photo housing of choice (includes one standard port for dSLR housings) Ikelite manufactures a diverse line of underwater photographic equipment that ranges from housings for simple point-and-shoot cameras to exotic housings for slr and video cameras, famous for the design and manufacture of sophisticated electronic flash units and mounts.

Sundive Byron Bay 2nd Prize: A$250 Sundive Byron Bay voucher. Welcome to the Sundive Byron Bay. Scuba Diving at the Julian Rocks in Byron Bay, Australia - An Underwater Photographer's Paradise!

 

Young Photographers

eScuba - Sealife 1st Prize: Sealife DC1400 Maxx kit (coming in October 2012) - eScuba is the Australian distributor of Sealife Cameras, the only truly expandable camera system that allows you to add accessories when you want.

 

 

Aunoc Lights2nd Prize: aunoc 1CR dive light Aunoc Lights are the makers of high powered LED lights made to military quality standards – tested to 240 meters – ultraclear glass and long burn times.

 

 

Wrecks

Newcastle Dive Centre 1st Prize: A$1,000 Newcastle Dive Centre Voucher Newcastle Dive Centre is a PADI Dive and Oceanic Scuba Centre conveniently located in the heart of Newcastle with ample parking. Dive the HMAS Adelaide with us.

 

 

eScuba - Atomic Aquatics Australia 2nd Prize: Atomic premium Fin Mask Snorkel Pack - eScuba is the Australian distributor of Atomic Aquatics, a brand with a reputation for diving equipment of the highest caliber.

 

Over-under

Mares 1st Prize: MARES Hybrid MRS+ BCD - Mares has become a worldwide leader in the manufacturing and distribution of state-of-the-art diving equipment, and continually sets new industry standards.

 

 

Sundive Byron Bay 2nd Prize: A$250 Sundive Byron Bay voucher. Welcome to the Sundive Byron Bay. Scuba Diving at the Julian Rocks in Byron Bay, Australia - An Underwater Photographer's Paradise!

 

Macro and Super Macro

Tasik Ria Resort1st Prize: Tasik Ria - 8 day/7 nights dive holiday - Tasik Ria Dive Resort from Manado in Sulawesi, Indonesia. Great diving at the reefs of Bunaken National Park with one of the longest established operators in the area.

 

 

 

Aunoc Lights2nd Prize: aunoc 1CR dive light Aunoc Lights are the makers of high powered LED lights made to military quality standards – tested to 240 meters – ultraclear glass and long burn times.

 

 

Underwater Video Shootout Categories

Best of Show - from Video Shootout Category winners

Vista Maldives 1st Prize - Vista Maldives - 7-day liveaboard dive holiday for TWO on Island Safari Royal 2 Vista Maldives is a well established leading in-bound tour operator in the Maldives. With the clear and focused vision of its owners to provide reliable, time-bound, hassle-free holiday services to one and all keen to visit the magical Maldives.

 

 

Ultra Short

<Cocotinos, Manado - A Small Beach Resort 1st Prize: 4 days / 3 nights diving holiday at Cocotinos Manado. In picturesque Wori Bay, North Sulawesi is a dynamic new beach resort, Cocotinos in the heart of Kima Bajo, a fishing village, overlooking Bunaken National Marine Park. Just a 25-min ride from Sam Ratulangi International Airport, the resort is situated on a chocolate-coloured beach, in full view of majestic Manado Tua, a dormant volcano across the Sulawesi sea.

 

Aunoc Lights2nd Prize: aunoc 1CR dive light Aunoc Lights are the makers of high powered LED lights made to military quality standards – tested to 240 meters – ultraclear glass and long burn times.

 

 

Narrated

Lissenung Island Resort - PNG 1st Prize: A 8-night dive holiday at Lissenung Island Resort in PNG - The best little dive resort in the South Pacific!

 

 

Aunoc Lights2nd Prize: aunoc 8SIX video light Aunoc Lights are the makers of high powered LED lights made to military quality standards – tested to 240 meters – ultraclear glass and long burn times.

 

 

Issues

Eco-Divers Manado 1st Prize: 7-night dive holiday. Holiday at Eco Divers Resort Lembeh in Sulawesi, Indonesia. A fantastic experience of diving with the multitude of rare critters of Lembeh Strait with a very high class operator.

 

 

 

 

eScuba - Atomic Aquatics Australia 2nd Prize: Atomic Venom mask & snorkel - eScuba is the Australian distributor of Atomic Aquatics, a brand with a reputation for diving equipment of the highest caliber.

 

Creative

Mares 1st Prize: MARES Dive Computer Icon HD - Mares has become a worldwide leader in the manufacturing and distribution of state-of-the-art diving equipment, and continually sets new industry standards.

 

 

Aunoc Lights2nd Prize: aunoc 1CR dive light Aunoc Lights are the makers of high powered LED lights made to military quality standards – tested to 240 meters – ultraclear glass and long burn times.

 

 

Still Camera

<Celebes Divers 1st Prize - Celebes Divers Manado - 7 night dive holiday at Mapia Resort & Spa. Be ready for an adventurous holiday with great diving with Celebes Divers, excellent relaxation in our Spa and interesting excursions whilst staying in the luxurious Mapia Resort & Spa.

 

 

Mares 2nd Prize: MARES Wave Open Heel Fins - Mares has become a worldwide leader in the manufacturing and distribution of state-of-the-art diving equipment, and continually sets new industry standards.

 

 

Underwater Snapshot Participation Prizes

 

The below prizes were drawn from all festival participants. Each photo credit equals one chance in the draw, each video credit equals 2.5 chances. Every signed up participant has therefore at least 5 chances to win in this draw.

The idea behind this is that everyone is encouraged to help with the endevour to create the biggest underwater snapshot of the region. There is now no reason not to be part of this, just because you think you have no chance to win.

Register NOW!

 

Prizes

Mares Prizes #1+2: MARES i3 Mask - Mares has become a worldwide leader in the manufacturing and distribution of state-of-the-art diving equipment, and continually sets new industry standards.

 

 

Aunoc LightsPrize #3: aunoc 1CR dive light Aunoc Lights are the makers of high powered LED lights made to military quality standards – tested to 240 meters – ultraclear glass and long burn times.

 

 

DAN Asia Pacific Prizes #4+5: DAN Asia Pacific 1 year membership. As a diver it's important to be prepared for unexpected diving accidents/illnesses. Being a member of the Divers Alert Network (DAN) means that wherever you live or dive around the world you have peace of mind knowing that DAN is available 24-hours a day, 7 days a week to assist in the event of an accident/illness.

 

DAN Asia Pacific Prizes #6+7: DAN book - Deeper into Diving.

 

 

 

 

DAN Asia Pacific Prizes #8-10: DAN book packages - Decompression Illness, First Aid for Hazardous Marine Life Injuries & The Emergency Handbook.