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Perth Scuba UF13 Fringe Event Winners announced

In our 3rd year now, Perth Scuba in conjunction with the Western Australian Underwater Photographic Society has closed another successful Underwater Festival Fringe Event. This year we again ran our own Western Australian local photography competition with two added categories being Video and International. During the month of September Manta Club and WAUPS members had the opportunity to shoot in WA or International waters, no matter their experience or camera type. As usual the weather was gorgeous all through August, then the first day of Spring – it went to cr@p – so we extended the shooting time until 14th October, giving our WA entries an extra 2 weeks to shoot.

Perth Scuba UF13 Competition-Pamela-Sutton-4-1000

We also had Special Guest Speakers through out the month giving up their time to present our Club Members with valuable information. A special thanks to all our speakers:

  • Peter Nicholas & Amanda Blanksby – WAUPS with their presentation on a Basic Introduction to Underwater Photography.
  • Liam Allen – Technical Diver of the Year 2013 with his presentation on the USS Atlanta Project expedition including video footage of the GUE Dive Team in the Solomon Islands.
  • Joseph Bicanic – Underwater Videographer & TDI Technical Instructor with his presentation on low light videography including video footage in Mexico’s Cenotes.
  • Joey Pool – Perth Scuba with her presentation on Fluorescent Photography & Videography.
  • Shannon Conway – Underwater Photographer with his presentation on his year of underwater photography plus his upcoming Workshops to the Komodo Islands and Galapagos Islands.

We had some magnificent entries into the local competition for our WAUPS and Manta Club Members and were really impressed by how much the entries keep improving every year. Thank you to all our judges from Scubapro, Halcyon and Scubapro for assisting in the judging process – so many fantastic images and videos made it really hard to choose!

Congratulations to all our winners of the Perth Scuba UF13 Fringe Event! We are very excited to announce the winners for 2013:

WA Photo Category

  • 1st Prize WA Category Winner: Pamela Sutton – Image Choked Sunlight. Pam has won an Aqua Lung Wetsuit & Snorkeling Package of her choice valued at $1000 kindly donated by Aqua Lung Australia
  • 2nd Prize WA Category Runner-up: Chandy de Wit – Image Rare Find. Chandy has won a Scubapro Mk11/C300 Regulator valued at $525 kindly donated by Scubapro Australia.
  • 3rd Prize WA Category Runner-up: Jenny Ough – Image Hiding. Jenny has won a Travel Voucher valued at $250 for her next dive holiday!

WA Video CategoryPerth Scuba UF13 Competition-Yuri-Verbaan--6

  • 1st Prize WA Video Category Winner: Vivien Matson-Larkin – Video Fluoro Night Diving. Viv has won an Aqua Lung Wetsuit & Snorkeling Package of her choice valued at $1000 kindly donated by Aqua Lung Australia.
  • 2nd Prize WA Video Category Runner-up: Pamela Sutton – Video Midstream National Park. Pam has won a Cressi Ellipse Regulator valued at $449 kindly donated by Perth Scuba.
  • Directors Choice WA Video Category Winner: Nigel Barker – Video Scorpionfish. Nigel has won a Sea&Sea GE-5 Underwater Camera and Housing including wide angle lens – we know you can shoot and edit video Nigel, now maybe a few images?

International Photo Category

  • 1st Prize International Category Winner: Yuri Verbaan – Image Cuttlefish. Yuri has won a Halcyon Travel Wing for his next overseas adventure valued at $795 kindly donated by Halcyon Australia.
  • 2nd Prize International Category Runner-up: Sue Myburgh – Image Brooding Cardinal. Sue has won a Cressi Ellipse Regulator valued at $449 kindly donated by Perth Scuba.
  • 3rd Prize International Category Runner-up: Paul Forrester – Image Frogfish. Paul has won a Sea&Sea Camera Bag and Perth Scuba “I dived in Perth Western Australia… and Survived” T-Shirt donated by Tabata Australia.

 Once again thank you to all our wonderful sponsors for donating very generous prizes for Perth Scuba’s Underwater Festival Fringe Event Competition 2013:

  • Aqua Lung Australia
  • Halcyon Australia
  • Scubapro Australia
  • Tabata Australia

And of course a big thank you to the Western Australian Underwater Photographic Society (WAUPS) for once again helping out with the coordination and promotion of events.

Looking forward to the Underwater Festival 2014 with some BIG changes around the corner for our Perth photographers!


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