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Prizes and Awards

The Underwater Festival Awards were held at the Jubilee Hotel in Brisbane as part of the the ODEX Party on Saturday 8th of October from 8pm. Entry is FREE and everyone is invited.

Below are the awesome prizes for the 2011 Underwater Festival including a massive set of Underwater Snapshot Participation Prizes that will be drawn amongst all entrants irrespective of their shootout entry submissions

To our knowledge this is the richest event in the industry worldwide - close to $150,000 in prizes

Photographic Shootout Categories

Best of Show - from Photographic Shootout Category winners

Dive Damai Trip for TWO on the Damai or the Damai II (to be launched in September 2011) - Dive Damai from an Indonesian word meaning "peaceful" and perfectly reflects their vision, providing tranquility above the water while avoiding crowds down below. Dive-Damai is dedicated to small groups and offers the chance to enjoy diving remote areas in Indonesia, while experiencing unprecedented service and an unlimited amount of dives and bottom time.

 

Behaviour

Christmas Island Tourism Association 1st Prize: A 7-day dive holiday to Christmas Island including flights from Perth - Christmas Island Tourism Association Inc was the co-organiser of the 2010 Underwater Festival and is proud to offer a fantastic 7-day dive holiday prize to Christmas Island as part of the Underwater Festival 2011.

2nd Prize: Atomic premium Fin Mask Snorkel Pack - Frameless Masks, SV2 Snorkels and Smoke on the water fins

 

Sex

Cocotinos, Manado - A Small Beach Resort 1st Prize: 8 Days 7 nights Cocotinos Manado Special Dive Package for ONE - 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.

2nd Prize: aunoc 1CR - silver dive light

 

Temperate Waters

Ikelite 1st Prize: 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.

2nd Prize: MARES mask - i3 Liquidskin

 

Coral Triangle

Nauticam 1st Prize: US$3,500 Nauticam voucher (valid worldwide) - Nauticam prides itself on the ability to recognise the requirements of professional as well as amateur underwater photographers and fulfil them through the innovative designs of their products.

2nd Prize: aunoc 1CR - silver dive light

 

Freshwater

Lissenung Island Resort - PNG 1st Prize: 7-night dive holiday at Lissenung Island Resort - Lissenung Island Resort in PNG - The best little dive resort in the South Pacific!

2nd Prize: aunoc 1CR - silver dive light

 

Issues

Matava Fiji 1st Prize: 1 Week holiday at MATAVA for TWO - MATAVA is Fiji's Premier Eco Adventure Resort on Kadavu Island.

2nd Prize: aunoc 4TEN - super bright dive light

 

Nudis

Dragon Mouse Diving 1st Prize: Olympus XZ-1 with housing - Dragon Mouse Diving - We are not talking about the Great Barrier Reef or an exotic location - this is underwater, in Melbourne, and Dragon Mouse Diving can guide you and provide you with your own photographic memories.

2nd Prize: aunoc 1CR - silver dive light

 

The Neville Coleman Award

Lembeh Hills Resort 1st Prize: 5 day dive package at Lembeh Hills Resort for ONE - Nestled in a secluded bay overlooking the Lembeh Strait, the Lembeh Hills Resort brings the sophisticated luxury of a boutique resort to one of Asia's most renowned diving venues.

2nd Prize: Dyron - EUR300 voucher (valid worldwide)

 

Sharks

Tawali Resort 1st Prize: 7-night dive package for ONE - at Tawali Resort in Papua New Guinea including accommodation, meals and up to 18 dives, as well as airport transfers from Alotau.

2nd Prize: Byron Bay Dive Centre - A$500 voucher (dives + courses)

 

Big Stuff

The Arenui 1st Prize: 11 day cruise on the Arenui - The Arenui is a magnificent wooden vessel that raised its anchors in June 2008 to explore the majestic underwater world of Indonesian archipelago. The Arenui's philosophy is to combine the convenience of a fully equipped diving-liveaboard together with the artistic richness and cozy comfort of a tropical luxury setting.

2nd Prize: Mares dive computer - wrist dive computer PUCK

 

Humans

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.

2nd Prize: aunoc 1CR - silver dive light

 

Young Photographers

Olympus 1st Prize: Olympus XZ-1 with housing - 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.

2nd Prize: MARES fins - pair of Wave fins

 

 

Wrecks

ABWonderdive 1st Prize: 6-night holiday for TWO with ABWonderdive - ABWonderdive is a dive resort in Puerto Gallera, Philippines - prize is including accommodation and 10 dives each, NITROX, as well as transport to and from Manila airport.

2nd Prize: aunoc 4FIVE - excellent LED video light

 

Over-under

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.

2nd Prize: aunoc 1CR - silver dive light

 

Super Macro

Heron Island Resort 1st Prize: 5 day holiday for TWO at Heron Island Resort - 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.

2nd Prize: MARES mask - Essence Liquidskin mask

 

 

Underwater Video Shootout Categories

Best of Show - from Video Shootout Category winners

Eco-Divers Manado 14 day holiday for TWO - Eco Divers - at Eco Divers Resort Lembeh and Eco Divers Manado with Eco-Divers from Manado in Sulawesi, Indonesia. A second fantastic combo of diving at the reefs of Bunaken National Park and the critters of Lembeh Strait with a very high class operator.

 

 

Ultra Short

Gangga Island Resort & Spa - Indonesia 1st Prize: 7 days at Gangga Island Resort & Spa for ONE - A one week stay at Gangga Island Resort & Spa in North Sulawesi with full board for one person, plus transfer from and to Manado Airport and 13 dives PLUS a second person can join at 50% of the published rates.

2nd Prize: MARES fins - X-Stream fins

 

Narrated

Manta Ray Bay Resort 1st Prize: 10 night holiday for TWO at Manta Ray Bay Resort in Yap - Manta Ray Bay Resort in Yap is the premiere dedicated dive resort on the island of Yap in Micronesia, designed by divers and built for divers.

2nd Prize: aunoc 8SIX - excellent LED video light

 

Issues

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.

2nd Prize: aunoc 1CR - silver dive light

 

Creative

Mares 1st Prize: MARES Regulator set - Carbon 42 with Mission 2 gauge - Mares has become a worldwide leader in the manufacturing and distribution of state-of-the-art diving equipment, and continually sets new industry standards.

2nd Prize: aunoc 1CR - silver dive light

 

Still Camera

Ark Royal Maledives 1st Prize: 10 day dive holiday on the Ark Royal for ONE - The Ark Royal is a 115-feet luxury cruiser traversing the crystalline waters of the Maldives. The cruiser accommodates 8 Cabins, and 1 Suite with Jacuzzi. The living quarters are complemented by a restaurant able to offer you indoor dining, a fully-stocked drinks bar and much more.

2nd Prize: MARES mask - X-VU Liquidskin mask

 

Underwater Snapshot Participation Prizes

The below prizes will be 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

eScuba - Atomic Aquatics Australia Prize #1: Atomic solid titanium regulator & octopus - eScuba is the Australian distributor of Atomic Aquatics, a brand with a reputation for diving equipment of the highest caliber.

 

Nauticam Prize #2: US$1,500 Nauticam voucher (valid worldwide) - Nauticam prides itself on the ability to recognise the requirements of professional as well as amateur underwater photographers and fulfil them through the innovative designs of their products.

 

eScuba - Sealife Prize #3: Sealife DC1200 Maxx kit - eScuba is the Australian distributor of Sealife Cameras, the only truly expandable camera system that allows you to add accessories when you want.

 

ABWonderdive Prize #4: 4-night holiday for TWO with ABWonderdive - ABWonderdive is a dive resort in Puerto Gallera, Philippines - prize is including accommodation and 6 dives each, NITROX, as well as transport to and from Manila airport.

 

 

Kasawari Lembeh ResortPrize #5: Kasawari Lembeh - 4 day dive holiday for TWO - Kasawari Lembeh Resort is a boutique lifestyle dive resort right in the heart of the Lembeh Strait – the world’s capital of underwater critters. Ten luxurious villas, a beachfront infinity-edge swimming pool with its built-in jacuzzi, superb cuisine served at upper level restaurant, a large camera room with individual work-stations etc.

 

Siladen Resort & SpaPrize #6: Siladen Resort & Spa - 4 day dive holiday for TWO - Siladen Resort & Spa from Manado in Sulawesi, Indonesia. Discover Bunaken National Park from this eco-friendly 4-star boutique socially responsible resort.

 

 

 

Tasik Ria ResortPrize #7: Tasik Ria - 4 day dive holiday for TWO - 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.

 

 

 

Mike Ball Dive ExpeditionsPrize #8: 4 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.

 

 

 

 

Mares Prizes #9 to #12: Hybride BCD, Nemo Excel computer, Wave and X-Stream 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.

 

Olympus Prize #13: Olympus TG-810 with housing - 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.

 

 

 

Contour Australia Prize#14: Contour GPS with 60m housing. Meeco Sales is Australia's only authorised distributor for the Contour HD Hands Free camera range.

 

 

Byron Bay Dive CentrePrize #15: 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 mainlan. Experience the underwater brilliance of Julian Rocks Marine Reserve, one of Australia’s top ten dive sites.

 

 

Dyron Photo & Video Prize #16: EUR300 Dyron voucher - 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.

 

Aunoc Lights Prizes #17 to #20: aunoc 1CR silver 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.