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Shootout Prizes

Watch this list grow and please visit our sponsors below - total prize pool for the 2011 Underwater Festival will is already close to U$150,000. Watch this space for more.

Dive Damai Major prize for photo and video shootout. 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.

Mares Major prizes for photo and video shootout. Including 3 dive computers featuring the new Icon HD as well as masks, fins regulators and BCDs, travel packs and much more. Mares has become a worldwide leader in the manufacturing and distribution of state-of-the-art diving equipment, and continually sets new industry standards.

Nauticam Major prizes for photo and video shootout. U$5,000 prize vouchers. 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 - Atomic Aquatics Australia Major prizes for photo and video shootout. Atomics solid titanium regulator, octopus and new generation much anticipated COBALT Diving Computer and more. eScuba is the Australian distributor of Atomic Aquatics, a brand with a reputation for diving equipment of the highest caliber.

The Arenui Major prize for photo and video shootout. 11-day cruise on The Arenui, 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.

Eco-Divers Manado Major prize for photo and video shootout. 14-day holiday for TWO at Eco Divers Resort Lembeh and Eco Divers Manado with Eco-Diversfrom 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.

Manta Ray Bay Resort Major prize for photo and video shootout. 10 night / 16 dive package for TWO at Manta Ray Bay Resort in Yap, the premiere dedicated dive resort on the island of Yap in Micronesia, designed by divers and built for divers.

Heron Island Resort Major prize for photo and video shootout. 5 day dive holiday for TWO 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.

Ark Royal Maledives Major prize for photo and video shootout. 10 day dive holiday on the Ark Royal 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, a tastefully-decorated lounge, and an extensive library, including video and music collections, should you wish to recline and lose yourself in a book or more.

Matava Fiji Major prize for photo and video shootout. A week dive holiday for TWO at MATAVA - Fiji's Premier Eco Adventure Resort on Kadavu Island.

Christmas Island Tourism Association Major prize for photo and video shootout. 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.

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.

Tawali Resort Major prize for photo and video shootout. A 7-night dive package at Tawali Resort in Papua New Guinea including accommodation, meals and up to 18 dives, as well as airport transfers from Alotau.

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.

ABWonderdive Major prizes for shootout competition. 6 night holiday for 2 with ABWonderdive in Puerto Gallera, Philippines - including accommodation and 10 dives each, NITROX, as well as transport to and from Manila airport. PLUS additional prize for one top 100 image that did not win any prizes - trip for TWO for 4 nights including 6 dives and NITROX.

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. Test them yourself at the Underwater Festival in 2011 - details tba.

Olympus Major prizes for photographic shootout plus demo cameras and housings at the Byron Bay Dive Centre Fringe Event with Lawrence Alex Wu. 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. TWO 4-day holidays for one 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. TWO 4-day holidays for one at Siladen Resort & Spa from Manado in Sulawesi, Indonesia. Discover Bunaken National Park from this eco-friendly 4-star boutique socially responsible resort.

Kasawari Lembeh Resort Major prizes for photo and video shootout. TWO 4-day holidays for one at Kasawari Lembeh Resort. Kasawari 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.

Gangga Island Resort & Spa - Indonesia Major prizes for photo and video shootout. 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.

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!

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.

eScuba - Sealife Major prize for photo and video shootout. 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.

Dragon Mouse Diving Dragon Mouse Diving - Major prize for shootout competition. 1st Prize: Olympus XZ-1 with housing. 7/10s of our planet is ocean, IMAGINE - Graceful sea dragons, colourful nudibranchs', huge stingrays that take your breath away; rainbow coloured starfish an unbelievable amount of sealife... 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.

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.

Lembeh Hills Resort Lembeh Hills Resort - Major prize for shootout competition. 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. Elegant, environmentally responsible architecture, a skilled, enthusiastic staff, and exquisite attention to detail will guarantee a relaxing and romantic experience for divers and non-divers alike.

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 mainlan. 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.

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.

Contour Australia Prizes for photographic shootout. Australia's only authorised distributor for the Contour HD Hands Free camera range.


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