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An event of this magnitude would not be possible without the support of many committed sponsors as well as supporting media channels both in print and online and we thank everybody for helping to make this possible

Underwater Festival Sponsors

Watch this list grow and please visit our sponsors below - total prize pool for the 2012 Underwater Festival will be over U$100,000. Watch this space for more.

Heron Island Resort Major prize for photo and video shootout. Holiday at Heron Island Resort on the Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Heron 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.

eScuba - Atomic Aquatics Australia Major prizes for photo and video shootout. eScuba is the Australian distributor of Atomic Aquatics, a brand with a reputation for diving equipment of the highest caliber.

Mares Major prizes for photo and video shootout. Mares has become a worldwide leader in the manufacturing and distribution of state-of-the-art diving equipment, and continually sets new industry standards.

Vista Maldives Major prizes for photo and video shootout. 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.

Rodney Fox Shark Expeditions Major prize for photo and video shootout. A up to 4-night shark expedition with 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 LightsPrizes for photographic and video shootout – trial torches for night dives. 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.

Olympus Major prizes for photographic shootout. 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. Whether you are a professional or a beginner, your Olympus camera will able you to capture life’s memorable moments.

Ikelite Major prize for photographic shootout. 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. Ikelite is famous for the design and manufacture of sophisticated electronic flash units, strobe mounting systems.

Tasik Ria Resort Major prizes for photo and video shootout. Holiday at Tasik Ria Dive Resort from Manado in Sulawesi, Indonesia. Great diving at the reefs of Bunaken National Park one of the longest established operators in the area.

Siladen Resort & Spa Major prizes for photo and video shootout. Holiday at Siladen Resort & Spa from Manado in Sulawesi, Indonesia. Discover Bunaken National Park from this eco-friendly 4-star boutique socially responsible resort.

Lissenung Island Resort - PNG Major prizes for photo and video shootout. A 7-night dive holiday at Lissenung Island Resort in PNG - The best little dive resort in the South Pacific!

Eco-Divers Manado Major prize for photo or video shootout. 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.

Mike Ball Dive Expeditions Major prize for shootout competition. 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.

Fish Major prize for photo and video shootout. 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.

eScuba - Sealife Major prize for photo and video shootout. eScuba is the Australian distributor of Sealife Cameras, the only truly expandable camera system that allows you to add accessories when you want.

Newcastle Dive Centre Newcastle Dive Centre - $1500 in-store-credit PLUS 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.

Celebes Divers Celebes Divers Manado - Major prize for shootout competition. 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.

Cocotinos, Manado - A Small Beach Resort Cocotinos - Major Prize for photographic shootout. 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.

Perth Scuba Perth Scuba - Major prize for shootout competition - 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 Centre Byron Bay Dive Centre - Major prize for shootout competition. 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.

Dyron Photo & Video Dyron Photo & Video - Major prize for shootout competition. 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.

Sundive Byron Bay Sundive Byron Bay - Major prize for shootout competition. Welcome to the Sundive Byron Bay. Scuba Diving at the Julian Rocks in Byron Bay, Australia - An Underwater Photographer's Paradise!

South West Rocks Dive Centre South West Rocks Dive Centre - Major prize for shootout competition. 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.


Redmap 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!


DAN Asia Pacific Prizes for photographic shootout and media support. 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.



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