Sundive Photo Shoot-Out 2012
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Sundive Photo Shoot-Out 2012

Competition Rules

Competition results are now on Facebook

Click here to see the winners and finalists


Sponsors and Prizes 2012

Rodney Fox Shark Expeditions imageRodney Fox Shark Expeditions

Sundive has been sending divers to Neptune Islands with Rodney Fox for the past several years and we have heard nothing but fantastic and positive reports. Rodney Fox is offering another major prize this year with two liveaboard shark expeditions to see the Great Whites. The past few winners haven't been let down and claim it to be one of the most memorable experiences of their lives. Sundive will be hosting another trip to South Australia in July 2012 and you could be going too! You just have to give us your best shot... in the Photo Shoot-Out 2012!

Olympus imageOlympus

Olympus has added some great prizes to be won! Olympus has donated, not one, not two, but THREE cameras!

The first is an Olympus EPM1 Diver Kit with a RRP $2070.95. This kit inlcudes an E-PM1 Black compact systems camera with an underwater case, zoom gear, silica sachets, and a waterproof camera travel bag.

Second is an Olympus XZ-1 Diver Kit with a RRP of $1001.95. This kit includes an XZ-1 Black compact camera with an underwater case, silica sachets, and a waterproof travel bag.

Thirdly is the brnad new flashship model of Olypus, the new Tough TG-1, waterproof to 10M, crush proof, freeze proof and with the option of waterproof lens converters. Awesome little Camera! 

Olympus will also be sending their 2012 Underwater Ambassador, Matt Krumins, to host demonstration and information sessions. Matt is an outstanding photographer with a wonderful love for the ocean. We'll be sure to show Matt the best side of the Julian Rocks so he too can be "Hooked on Julian Rocks!"

Mares imageMares

Our friends at Mares have jumped at the opportunity to be a major sponsor of the Photo Shoot-Out 2012 once again.

Mares have donated 2 ICON HD dive computers. A full colour wireless dive computer with integrated digital compass and dive maps. RRP$1299.00

Also up for grabs from MARES will be their new additions to their range of computers, the MATRIX watch/computer. A fully rechargeable computer that offers every feature you want include 3-gas switching, a digital compass and a host of other feartures. RRP$799

Mares will be offering demo gear to all competitors to give everyone a chance to feel what it is like to dive with top quality gear. If you are on the market for some new gear, make sure to take advantage of the amazing deals from Mares.

Dive Adventures - Australia's Leading Dive Travel Specialists imageDive Adventures - Australia's Leading Dive Travel Specialists

Dive Adventures is once again offering a great prize for this year's Photo Shoot-Out. One lucky competitor will soon be diving the famous wrecks of Truk Lagoon. You could be the winner of 6 nights accommodation at Blue Lagoon Resort plus a 10 boat dive package with single tanks, weights, dive guide services and return airport transfers in Truk.  You can also join Sundive's group trip to Palau and Truk Lagoon in February 2013. Dive Adventures can organise your ultimate scuba diving, snorkeling or free diving adventure.

Spirit of Freedom imageSpirit of Freedom

Spirit of Freedom is on board again as a major sponsor of the Sundive Photo Shoot-Out with a fabulous liveaboard prize. On offer this year is a 3 Day Cod Hole trip, to the value of $1425.00.  The crew at Spirit of Freedom are known to be some the most welcoming and accommodating of all the outfitters on the Great Barrier Reef. We are honoured to have Spirit of Freedom team up with Sundive, once again.

Kosrae Nautilus Resort imageKosrae Nautilus Resort

New to the Sponsor lineup this year is Kosrae Nautilus Resort in Micronesia! They were impressed with the level of competition last year and wanted to be a part of Shoot-Out this year and award a lucky winner with 5 days of accommodation and diving! Some of our divers have stayed at Kosrae Nautilus Resort in the past and have been wowed by the hospitality and fabulous diving. It will be a hard prize to giveaway, as we would like to keep it for ourselves... but our competitors deserve such a treat!

Scubapix imageScubapix

Scubapix will be attending the photo Shoot-Out and offering demonstration gear and photo clinics for all competitors of the photo-comp this year. Scubapix has been an enormous help the past several years and we look forward to seeing them in Byron Bay again in 2012. Peter and his crew know underwater photography better than most and have a lot of knowledge to offer. Their prize offers have been among the top giveaways in the past and are sure to make any competitor glad they entered the Shoot-Out!

Planula Bed & Breakfast and Diver's Retreat imagePlanula Bed & Breakfast and Diver's Retreat

Planula Bed & Breakfast and Diver's retreat has offered another special package offer for all competitors in the photo competition... Be sure to book early to reserve your spot as they fill up quickly and just mention the Sundive Byron Bay Photo Shoot-Out to receive an unbeatable deal! Planula has also teamed up with Sundive to offer a "Stay and Play" package for one lucky winner of the competition!

Breeze Photos imageBreeze Photos

Win a One on One Digital Photography Course and a selection of Prints from renowned underwater photographer Ross Gudgeon. A truly great way to improve your photo skills and learn from the best!

South West Rocks Dive Centre imageSouth West Rocks Dive Centre

Thank you once again to the team at SWR Dive Centre! Generously donating a weekend for two diving the famous Fish Rock Cave! Experience Australia's BEST Ocean Cave Dive! 

Peter and Kevin have donated a weekend package of acocmdation and 4 dives for two divers.

Sunreef Scuba Diving Services imageSunreef Scuba Diving Services

Thanks to the team at Sunreef for donating once again to our annual Photo-Comp. One luck diver will get the chance to do a double dive on the world famous wreck of the HMAS Brisbane. 

Its a super dive and the most accessible real wreck dive on the coast. Visit the Sunreef website for more information:

Aquaseen imageAquaseen

This year aquaseen will be offering a fully framed limited edition print of your choice to the deserving photographer that shoots that special image. Matt Shepherd is the photographer behind Aquaseen and he has competed in the Sundive Shootout the last two years running. This year Matt will not compete but will be around to share tips and techniques throughout the comp. 

You can view Aquaseen's website here and to stay up to date with all the images join the Facebook page here

NudiBase imageNudiBase

Long-time sponsor of the photo comp and of the Best Nudi Photo, Ash Missen will once again be donating a selection of reference books to the best Nudi Photo and the most number of Nudi's shot (with a camera) during the competition.


Byron Bay Farmstay imageByron Bay Farmstay

Sundive welcomes a new sponsor to the Photo Comp this year! Thanks to the team at Byron Bay Farmstay for generously donating a prize! They are offering 2 nights accommodation for 2 adults in a 1-bedroom cottage as a competition prize.  This will be bundled with some complimentary dives with Sundive to make a neat little weekend package for the lucky winner! 

7th - 11th June 2012 - $25,000 in Prizes to be Won! image7th - 11th June 2012 - $25,000 in Prizes to be Won!

Building on the success of the last 2 years, the Sundive Photo Shoot-Out 2012, promises to be the biggest and best yet! The Photo Shoot-Out is an underwater photography and videography competition where photos must be taken at the Julian Rocks while diving or free-diving with Sundive. For those that have never dived the Julian Rocks, the underwater photo/video opportunities have been rated among the best in Australia. Photos from the Julian Rocks have been awarded localy and internationally and continue to draw interest from professional photographers.

With more categories, new judges, and well over $25,000 worth of prizes to be won (!!) it's 5 days of action packed underwater excitement. 

The events will take place over the long weekend in June. Events include the welcome BBQ at Sundive, marine biology lectures and the Awards Ceremony. 

Photographs/videos will be accepted that have been taken on dives from June 2nd , 3rd  and 7th, 8th, 9th, and 10th. This gives more people the opportunity to spend more time underwater. We are expecting the Grey Nurse Sharks to be around at this time!

Sundive plans to have all 3 boats in operation for the event! Seats are expected to fill up quickly so register early to reserve your spot!

Rules, terms and conditions are available in PDF form from the link above. If you have any questions, please contact Giac or Julie at Sundive on (02) 6685 7755 or

We look forward to seeing you soon!

We are pleased to add two expert judges to our panel this year:

1. Ross Gudgeon - Known to most as Gudge, his wealth of knowledge and experience has been greatly appreciated by the Sundive community. Gudge's list of awards and publications could fill a page (as seen here), but his most recent award was in the Our World Underwater 2012 International Photography and Videography competition. Sundive looks forward to having Gudge on board again!

2. David Harasti, PhD - Harasti is a Scientific Officer for the Port Stephens - Great Lakes Marine Parks and award winning photographer. His dedication to marine conservation through education aligns with Sundive's beliefs and values. For a sample of Harasti's work, check out his website here.

Planula Bed & Breakfast and Diver's retreat has offered another special package for all competitors in the photo competition... Be sure to book early to reserve your spot as they fill up quickly. Just mention the Sundive Byron Bay Photo Shoot-Out to receive an unbeatable deal! 

Byron Bay Farmstay Nestled in rainforest and with spectacular views, these self-contained cottages provide exceptional budget accommodation families and couples can afford. Enjoy superb ocean, hinterland and mountain vistas across 300 acres.With only six self-contained cottages, you'll feel like you have this stunning property all for yourself. Wander through unique, heritage-listed rainforest. Swim, fish and paddle on the lake, or simply take in the tranquillity of the surroundings from your private verandah. Greet the cows as they calmly amble past your cottage.