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The 2011 Underwater Festival™ underwaterfestival.org breaks new ground in underwater shootout competitions. UF11 will feature a photo and video shootout competition that happens simultaneously all over Australasia with over $150,000 in prizes.

25 countries spanning both hemispheres - every dive site you can imagine will be a shootout locality, every dive centre, liveaboard, dive resort in the area will be part this new kind of shootout. You can dive your local favourite spots, go out with your dive club or shore dive with your buddy - or travel and join in one of the many Underwater Festival Fringe Events that will be happening all over Australasia.

For a taste of fringe events that are already organised: Dive Fest at Heron Island Resort, Underwater Photography Workshops with Underwater Festival judges Stephen Wong & Takako Uno on Christmas and Cocos Islands. Underwater Photography Workshop with Underwater Festival regular Mathieu Meur at MATAVA - Fiji. Underwater Photography Workshop with underwater photography legend and Violinist William Tan on a 11-day cruise on The Arenui to the Komodo islands. Diversity Fiesta at Fish 'n Fins in Palau. Manta Fest at Manta Ray Bay Resort with Tim Rock and others in Yap. Great Victorian Nudi Hunt with Dragon Mouse Diving - this is just the beginning, please check the festival website for details.

Which countries are part of Australasia for this competition?

Since the term Australasia is not very clearly defined, we decided to include all countries that are part of underwater australasia.

Australia, Brunei, Cambodia, Cook Islands, East Timor, Fiji, French Polynesia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Maldives, Federated States of Micronesia, Myanmar, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Thailand, Tonga, Vanuatu, Vietnam

Become part of this huge event and not unlike an underwater 'Earth Hour' help 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.

The top 100 images will be showcased at the new Australian Dive & Tavel Expo ODEX in Brisbane on the first 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.

Over $150,000 in prizes!

The long list of sponsors of the Underwater Festival includes: The Damai, Mares, Nauticam, Dive Evolution. Kungkungan Bay Resort, Tasik Ria Dive Resort, The Arenui. Eco Divers, Kima Bajo Resort & Spa, Manta Ray Bay Resort, Heron Island Resort, Matava, Christmas Island Tourism Association, Fish 'n Fins, Tawali Resort, ABWonderdive, Ikelite, Lissenung Island Resort, Mike Ball Dive Expeditions, Frog Dive Gear, Dragon Mouse Diving, Cocotinos, Lembeh Hills Resort and many more ...

Festival celebrities

A massive number of well know photographers and diving legends are already committed as part of this event and the list continues to grow. This includes Neville Coleman, Mathieu Meur, Stephen Wong & Takako Uno, William Tan, Tim Rock, Bob Halstead, Tony Wu, Gary Bell, Dave Harasti, John Lippmann with many more to come.

so ... where will YOU dive?

Tell us at underwaterfestival.org/shootout-competition/participate/

Tim Hochgrebe
5th annual Underwater Festival™ - UF11 - The Australasia Challenge

HQ - Lot 1 Melaleuca Drive - PO Box 1753
Byron Bay NSW 2481

Tel: +61-2-66809134
Mob: 0403 357 969
e-mail: info@underwaterfestival.org
WWW: underwaterfestival.org

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