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Perth Scuba News Issue 123

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This week we’re very excited to announce the winners of Perth Scuba’s Annual Photography Competition. It’s been a really difficult decision as we had so many fantastic entries and have been reviewing them endlessly to find our winners.

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Perth Scuba News – Issue 123 – 8th November 2010

PERTH SCUBA photography competition winners!!!

We would like to apologise for the delay in releasing the names of the winners of our 2010 Photography competition. We received a few comments regarding the way the winners were to be selected and after investigating the comments, we decided that the final results could be swayed in the direction of the most active person or friends of the person who had submitted the photograph, making it unfair to the other entries in the competition. We at Perth Scuba felt that this annual competition which has been growing and the quality of photographs submitted has been getting better every year, should be judged in a fair manner to give everyone a chance to win. This year the level of quality photographs has raised the bar for future competitions with some fantastic photographs with both compacts and DSLR cameras. We are sure with the emergence of “EVIL” Cameras over the next 12 months, there will be even more spectacular photographs being taken.

This year’s winners have been judged by Lee and Joey. Joey as you all know, is a great photographer and has taken all aspects of photography into account with the decision process. Degree of difficulty of both the subject and location, type of shot, type of equipment used to take the shot, post shot processing, composition and lighting.

First Place – Dean Eldrid

Photographer: Dean Eldrid   Location: Mabul Island, Borneo, MalaysiaCongratulations Dean on your magnificent photograph of the Jetty at the Borneo Divers Mabul Resort at sunset. Dean, for your gorgeous efforts, you’ve won a Scubapro Everdry 4 Drysuit valued at $1595. We look forward to seeing you to collect your prize!

Lee and Joey chose this photo for First because of several reasons:

When you first glance at this photo it has that WOW factor. The gorgeous blue of the water with the matching sky, contrasted with the orange timber of the jetty is quite pleasing to the eye.

The use of the leading lines of the jetty pillons draws the eye from the left hand side into the photo and towards the shore. The details of the wood are crisp and you can even see the wood grain. The shot is exposed well with the details of the brightly lit jetty not overpowering the darker island and sky.

The depth of field is great giving you as much as possible in focus of the shot and gradually blurring in the distance.

Well done Dean, it’s a lovely photo and over 100 people on Facebook agreed :) We look forward to seeing many more photos from you in the future… Especially when you get that SLR of yours in a housing!

Second Place – Daniel Welfare

Photographer: Daniel Welfare Location: The Red Sea, EgyptCongratulations Daniel on your photo of the reef split with the surface of your live aboard vessel in The Red Sea, Egypt. You’ve won “A Day with a Pro” – no, not that kind Dan! – you get an exclusive one on one course with our resident award winning photographer Gary Brennand valued at $550. He’ll give you your own personal tuition on how to take even better photos and use your camera to the limits of its abilities… Gary knows how to make the most of his photographs to enter and win world wide photography competitions and he can help you!

Lee and Joey chose this photo for Second because of several reasons:

I’d have to say that the degree of difficulty of this shot was definitely a contributing factor to Dan’s photo rating so highly. For anyone that’s ever tried to take a half-half shot, it’s not the easiest thing in the world – and what’s even better is that Dan took this with a compact!

The foreground is clearly in focus and the natural light coming through the surface of the water gives the coral its colour.The foreground is also well exposed with the reflection on the surface of the water showing the colourful reef through it.

The depth of field could have been better as the vessel in the background is slightly blurred, although, this is largely due to a water spot on the lens. The vessel and sky is also slightly over exposed, therefore losing some of the detail and colour in the sky.

Well done Dan, it’s a shot that’s very difficult to get and over 100 people on Facebook agreed :) We look forward to seeing many more photos from you! Call us on 9455 4448 to book your exclusive one on one Underwater Photography course.



Third Place – Dawn Scotson

Photographer: Dawn Scotson Location: Sipadan Island, Borneo

Congratulations Dawn for winning Third Prize with your photo of a school of Barracuda at Sipadan Island in Borneo, Malaysia.You’ve won a Scubapro Sea Wing Nova Fin, Mask & Snorkel Package – in white – briliant for manual white balancing!!!

Lee and Joey chose this photo for Third because of several reasons:

This photo was taken with a small Canon compact camera with only the internal flash for lighting.The contrast is good and the silver fish are lit well and not over exposed as can sometimes be an issue.

The focus looks sharp and Dawn’s swum nice and close to get this shot and to get the fish lit well.

Good work Dawn, you’re doing really well with your photographs and we look forward to seeing more from you in the near future.


The boat has nearly reached capacity, so if you’d love to join the Perth Scuba Crew – CALL NOW! This is a party you don’t want to miss, we provide the vessel to cruise on the Perth Scuba Christmas Cruise 2009Swan River, we bring the food, the icy cold drinks, Joey jelly shots (wouldn’t be a party without them!) PLUS the Perth Scuba Slushy Machine makes an appearance – oh yeah, not for the faint hearted.

Places are strictly limited so hurry and book your place before you miss out. The Christmas Party departs the South Perth foreshore on Saturday 4 December 2010. You can be a guest on this evening of fun by calling us on 9455 4448 or emailing [email protected] and securing your place with payment in full.

It’s only $140 and includes your 4 hour cruise on the Swan River, plenty of food, beer, wine, alco-pops (Lee & Joey’s favourites!), joey jelly shots + the slushie machine. Arrange a lift because you WILL NOT be driving!

And remember, if you have a favourite jelly colour… Make sure you let Joey know before she makes her famous (infamous?) JOEY JELLY SHOTS! So yummy and sooooooo dangerous! We look forward to seeing as many of you there as we can fit on the boat!


Lee and Joey had a very hard weekend last week – all work work work – we jumped on a plane and landed in Cairns to try out our new range of Underwater Camera Housings, Strobes, Arms and Accessories :) We were handed a camera in a Nauticam housing each and were told to go to the Great Barrier Reef and go for a test dive… And really, who were were to argue???

Lee was handed the Nauticam NX-NEX5 Housing with a 14MP Sony NEX5 inside paired with a Sea & Sea YS01 Strobe. Joey was given a Nauticam NX-D90 Housing with a Nikon DSLR D90 paired with a Inon Z240 strobe.

The Sony is one of the first of a new generation of digital cameras, commonly known as EVIL (Electronic Viewfinder Interchangeable Lens). These mirrorless cameras feature a DSLR (APS-C) sized sensor and interchangeable lenses in a body sized more like a point & shoot camera. The NEX-5 camera is half the size, half the weight, and much simpler to use than traditional DSLR cameras. Its interchangeable lenses allow exceptional flexibility in various shooting situations. Full HD Video (1080/60i), with on demand autofocus, is also included, making this one of the most fully featured and versatile compact systems available today.

To read Lee’s full review of the Sony NEX-5 housed in the Nauticam NX-NEX5 housing click here.



Sunday is looking to be a sunny 28 degree day tomorrow, so what better time to come out and dive with us. Meet at Perth Scuba at 9am for your dive briefing and free BBQ breakfast. Then we’ll head to the spot of the day where we’ll hunt down lots of curious critters. Bring your camera along as we’ll be nominating a subject for the dive that whoever gets the best photo on the day – WINS A PRIZE! There’s two camera’s in the shop available for hire if you don’t already have one – only $30 for the day!


Meet the Perth Scuba Crew this Wednesday evening at Bicton Baths for a dive in the Swan River. There’s so many critters that come out at night! Never night dived before? You’re welcome to join us and we’ll arrange you a qualified and experienced buddy to take you on your first night dive. It’s great fun so we’d love to see you there. Call 9455 4448 to let us know you’ll be there or to arrange a buddy if this is your first night dive.

SUNDAY ROTTNEST ISLAND DOUBLE DIVE Sunday 21-Nov-2010 @ 9am $130Pygmy Seahorse, Komodo Islands Photographer: Joey Pool

It’s a gorgeous time of the year to get out and get wet! Brush off those cob webs and jump in that wetsuit for your dive with the Perth Scuba Crew. Call us on 9455 4448 to book your day out on the boat diving Perth’s underwater playground, ROTTNEST ISLAND! Your day out includes 2 boat dives, lunch, snacks, drinks and your second cylinder. Don’t miss it, plus bring your catch bag and loop to catch a few crayfish for the start of season.


Don’t forget it’s the VERY FIRST DAY of Crayfish Season on Monday. Are you going for a dive? Give the shop a call if you need a buddy or a few hints on where you should be looking. Don’t forget to get your Crayfish Licence and you know  the rules are before you head out to get lunch.

KOMODO ISLANDS PHOTOGRAPHIC GALLERY EXHIBITION Sunday 12-Dec-2010 until Wednesday 15-Dec-2010

A group of keen Perth Scuba divers and photographers were invited to the Komodo Islands, Indonesia  in July this year to take photographs for this exhibition, with a book to follow – Thanks Toby! The exhibition includes photos from both above and below the water, all taken whilst on the liveaboard vessel Mermaid.

The exhibition is to be held at the Kidigo Art Institute in Fremantle. The photographs will be available for sale, with proceeds being donated back to the Komodo Islands community. The photographers included Joey Pool, Gary Brennand, Dean Eldrid and Toby Prestegard. It’s a beautiful part of the world with absolutely amazing and diverse scenery and wildlife. All are welcome to come to the exhibition and keep an eye on our upcoming newsletters, website & facebook page for the full details.




ADVANCED OPEN WATER COURSE $ 325 Perth Scuba Rescue Diver Course

Upcoming courses start: 19-Nov-2010     3-Dec-2010     17-Dec-2010

Learn while experiencing 5 fun and rewarding dives. The PADI Advanced Open Water course gives you the chance to try out 5 different types of dives whilst teaching you some really important skills. This course is great to carry on with straight after your Open Water to build confidence and keep you in the water.


Upcoming courses start: 11-Dec-2010

Become the best dive buddy you can be with Perth Scuba! This is the most rewarding course that you can do that builds your confidence and helps you anticipate and solve problems that can be encountered on a dive.Palau


It’s so important to know what to do in an emergency situation. Perth Scuba can teach you what to do in an emergency situation. You could help a loved one, a friend, a family member or a complete stranger – this course shows you what to do.

Upcoming courses start: 4-Nov-2010


Upcoming courses start:  27-Nov-2010Perth Scuba Technical Diving Course

The TDI Intro to Tech course is the perfect course for divers who have heard about technical diving and want to find out more about this exciting branch of advanced recreational diving. This course walks students through the special techniques, planning procedures and skills that set technical diving apart from traditional sport diving. It will show them how to improve their dive planning methods, in-water skills and streamline their existing gear configuration, in a non-threatening and fun learning environment.


Upcoming courses start: 4-Dec-2010

With the nitrox diver course you learnt to utilize nitrox mixes with oxygen content up to a maximum of 40% to extend your bottom times safely beyond that of traditional air Enriched air diverdiving. After undertaking the advanced nitrox course you will have a greater understanding of the physics and physiology of nitrox diving and will use optimal mixes for extending no-decompression diving to a maximum depth of 40 metres – in other words MORE BOTTOM TIME. Upon certification you can use nitrox mixes up to 100% oxygen for dives not requiring decompression.


Upcoming courses:  17-Nov-2010    24-Nov-2010     1-Dec-2010     8-Dec-2010     15-Dec-2010

Enriched Air (NITROX) is a great way to extend your bottom time by increasing your no decompression limits. By mixing a higher percentage of Oxygen in your cylinder (air contains 21%) to between 32 and 36% you can almost double your available dive time at certain depths. Learn how to set your dive computer to use Enriched Air. Learn what percentage is best for the depth you are planning to dive and learn how to analyse the contents of your Scuba Cylinder.


Saturday 13-Nov-2010

Want to learn how your Dive Master or Instructor always gets you back to the boat without a long swim? Well look no further. The PADI Underwater Navigation course will have you landing back to your starting point after just one day of training. Join Ian “Destructor” Ross on this invaluable course that gets you back to the boat!


Saturday 20-Nov-2010

Discovering and Exploring mysterious wrecks is something which every diver at some time dreams about. Every Wreck is a time capsule. The exact time and  place in history where circumstances placed these wrecks on the ocean floor can be seen and explored by wreck divers. Become A Perth Scuba PADI Wreck Diver specialist today and Palau Wreck Divinguncover some of the mysteries of the deep. This course will be run over two days with 2 dives on the HMAS Swan wreck, located in Dunsborough and taught by Instructor Glenn Storey.


Saturday 20-Nov-2010

Every Diver wants to go deep! A deep dive is always going to get the adrenalin flowing and what better way to do that than in the safe hands of one of Perth Scuba’s Elite Instructors. From your Advanced course (prerequisite), you will remember that things are a whole lot different at depth. Well – we are going to stretch the boundaries even more now! This course will be run over two days with 2 dives on the HMAS Swan wreck, located in Dunsborough and taught by Michael Doswell.


Saturday 27-Nov-2010Komodo Islands by Joey Pool

The Equipment Specialty is a classroom based course where you will learn all kinds of equipment styles and configurations. You will learn “field repairs” for those times when a leak is out to spoil your day, how regulators work and what the difference between a balanced regulator is as opposed to a non balanced regulator. Learn how to disassemble your second stage and learn how cylinder valves work. Did you ever wonder how cylinders are made? This is the course for you!


Saturday 27-Nov-2010

What better place to learn to do a Digital Under Water Photography course than Perth Scuba?

With a professional and award winning underwater photographer on staff and Perth’s best range of underwater photographic equipment in store, Perth Scuba is THE best place to learn. We have camera’s available for hire or you can bring your own to learn with on your course.

Join Perth Scuba on any of our fun and rewarding dive courses. Call us on 9455 4448 or email [email protected] to secure your place – places are filling fast so don’t miss your chance!!!

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