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Orca Divers Underwater Photography Competition 2008

Orca Divers, a PADI Scuba Diving School based in Chorlton, UK recently held their 2nd Annual Underwater Photography Competition. The prizes for this annual event, totaling over £2300, included an Inon Wide-Angle Lens and Adapter, Suunto D6 metal diving computer; a diving holiday with Emperor Divers, 4th Element Proteus 5mm Wetsuit; Mares Origin Sport Airtrim BCD; Tusa Mask Fins and Snorkel; Atomic Mask and Snorkel; PADI Family Gold Diving Society Membership and Fleece and a canvass print of the Capernwray Shoot Out winning entry donated by Cameras Underwater.

72 entries were displayed under 2 categories: Warm Water and Cold Water. The judges, Kirk Mottershead from Benchmark Photography, Paul Duxfield (Duxy) and Dave Glanfield from Cameras Underwater, chose an overall best in show, and then 1st to 3rd place in each category. There were also prizes for the top photograph as chosen by the Orca Divers Club members who attended the event and for the best photo taken at our Shoot-

Out at Capernwray. The Shoot Out was held in January diving in 5 degree water and the best photo taken on the day received a prize.

Bill Watson won the top prize of the Overall Best in Show with his superb Tompot Blenny Portrait taken on an Orca Divers workshop at Trefor Pier in North Wales

Matt Hudson won 1st prize for a photograph taken in Cold Water with a wonderful shot of a seal nibbling on a diver's fin. Matt also won 2nd place in the Warm Water category with a Porcelain Crab on Anemone. Bill

Kenyon won the 1st prize in Warm Water with a great shot of Flounder Eyes taken in Indonesia.

The standard of the competition was even higher that last year. Nick Robertson-Brown, owner of Orca Divers, who teaches underwater photography said "We had some top quality entries and the 3 judges found it really difficult to pick out the best photographs. Entries were taken from all over the world including Madagascar, Australia, USA, Maldives, Tanzania, Lanzarote, Egypt, Caribbean, Indonesia and, of course, from our own UK waters as well." Orca Divers received over twice as many entries as in the previous year and hope that this interest in underwater photography will continue to grow.

Later this year Orca Divers will be hosting a major underwater photography event - watch this space

Celebrate the Sea Festival 2009 Philippines 12-14 June 2009

Her Excellency, Gloria Arroyo, President of the Republic of the Philippines,declared the month of June to be the Celebrate the Sea month and the second Saturday in every June to be the Celebrate the Sea Day

Celebrate the Sea has seen the greatest increase in competitors since its inception in 2002 with over 5500 entries from 38 countries in 2008. The 2009 festival is destined to be bigger and bolder than ever before. The main venue for the 3 days festival from 12 to 14 June is once again the landmark at Manila Bay foreshore, the Manila Ocean Park, the Philippines' first state-of-the-art Oceanarium comprising of open water marine habitat, boutique mall, and restaurants.

Confirmed to attend for the 2009 festival, are international luminaries and underwater photography legends from National Geographic David Doubilet and Jennifer Hayes, BBC's Blue Planet & Planet Earth Cinematographer Peter Scoones, deep sea explorer and inventor Phil Nyutten PhD, coral spawning discoverer Carden Wallace PhD and many more associates of the Ocean Geographic Society.


Photographers and films makers, send in your entries now to compete in Asia Pacific's most prestigious international underwater imagery competition where the premier prize is the conferred title of 'President, Grand Award of Highest Achievement 2008' with US$2000 as prize money. It gets even better. If you are visiting the Philippines any time from 15 Feb to 15 May; stay or dive with one of the participating resorts / operators and you will be eligible to enter your pictures in the WOW Philippines Imagery competition.

The Celebrate the Sea Festival is a non-profit event funded and produced by OceanNEnvironment Australia and for 2009 the partner and principal sponsors are the Department of Tourism Philippines and PCSSD. From the first to the current Festival, Rolex has been supportive as a major sponsor.


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