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Underwater Festival Fringe Event WA Photo Competition

Tammy & her PADI goodies for her huge efforts in organising the Underwater Festival Fringe EventsHeld annually, the 5th Underwater Festival™ 2011 (UF11) will be the biggest one yet. With the tagline ‘The Australasia Challenge’ it incorporated an Australasia-wide simultaneous photo and video shootout competition like no other with nearly U$150,000 in prizes.

UF11 will featured a shootout competition that happens simultaneous all over Australasia – 25 countries spanning both hemispheres – every dive you can imagine will be a shootout locality, every dive centre, liveaboard, resort in the area will facilitate this new kind of shootout. Many chose to dive their local favourite spots, go out with their dive club or shore dive with their buddy.

Many divers became part of this huge event and not unlike an underwater ‘Earth Hour’ helped to highlight the underwater beauty but also the underwater issues of this fantastic bioregion and help to show the world what we’ve got to lose.

We had 10 days to shoot – from the 2nd to the 11th of September 2011.

The Western Australian Underwater Photographic Society, proudly supported by Perth Scuba was one of dozens of Underwater Festival Fringe Events that were planned all over Australasia during the 10-day shootout period. During the festival Perth Scuba was home to WAUPS informative seminars, free underwater photography equipment trials, discounted PADI Digital Underwater Photography courses and of course plenty of diving. Don’t forget to submit your images to the Underwater Festival before 23:55 AEST this Sunday 18 September 2011 – remember to double check the rules before finalising your entries!!!

The top 100 images will be showcased at the new Australian Dive & Travel Expo ODEX in Brisbane on the second weekend in October 2011. A whole hall will be devoted to the Festival and seminars as well as the Underwater Festival Awards will be held during the 3 days of ODEX 2011. Good luck to all the Western Australian entries, we know you’ve had some pretty tough conditions.Greg Thomms receives his 1on1 voucher with Shannon Conway

Perth Scuba and the Western Australian Underwater Photography Society ran their own Western Australian competition. Everyone was free to enter the local competition with the same rules as the Underwater Festival, but with the added condition the photographs were taken in Western Australian waters. Only we could understand the very difficult conditions encountered in WA for the 10 days of the festival… Weather was perfect the week before and week after the festival – just not for the festival itself! That said, we received some amazing underwater images from our WA crew! Click here to see all the underwater photo entries we received all taken in Western Australia with the winners following.

Thank you once again to WAUPS (especially President Tammy Gibbs) for all the effort gone into organising 10 days of underwater photo & video FUN! Thank you to our inspiring speakers; Shannon Conway, Joseph Bicanic, Peter Nicholas, Patrick Baker, Ian Robertson and Daniel Messom. We appreciate the time donated and the information shared which helped every person who attended. You can still come into the Presentation Theatre at Perth Scuba to check out the WAUPS members underwater photographs – they look great! They’re all for sale so if you’re interested email [email protected] to contact the photographer for purchase.

We’re looking forward to next years Underwater Festival Photography Competition – BRING IT ON!

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