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An event of this magnitude would not be possible without the support of many committed sponsors as well as supporting media channels both in print and online and we thank everybody for helping to make this possible

Underwater Festival Sponsors 2013

Watch this list grow and please visit our 2013 sponsors below - total prize pool for the 2013 Underwater aims for U$100,000. Watch this space for more 2013 sponsors which are currently being organised.

Solitude Liveaboards Major prize for photo and video shootout. Solitude Liveaboards was created with their clients in mind. Our flagship, MV Solitude One, is a 52-metre steel-hulled 'home away from home', redefining luxury with its design, creating purposeful and functional spaces for rest and play. Based in Palau and the Philippines, the fleet will extend to Indonesia by 2015.

SMY Ondina Liveaboard Major prize for photo and video shootout. The inner seas of Indonesia are home of the richest Marine Biodiversity in the world. SMY ONDINA, a romantic and modern wooden schooner, will take you where J.Y. Cousteau said it is probably 'The best diving in the world'. Komodo, Rajah Ampat, Cenderawasih Bay, Alor, Flores, Banda, Lembeh Strait ... and many more! We are devoted to diving, we are not a passenger boat that would take divers. Lets go diving!.

Olympus Major prizes for photographic shootout. Olympus offers a range of Digital SLR, Pen Camera, Zuiko Digital lenses, Digital Compact Camera and Underwater housing that will suit all your photographic needs. Whether you are a professional or a beginner, your Olympus camera will able you to capture life’s memorable moments.

Yap Pacific Resort Major prize for photo and video shootout. Holiday at Yap Pacific Resort Micronesia's Best Dive Resort 2005 - 2012 continuously - where Adventure & Luxury meet! Small groups and high end service for the best holidays possible.

eScuba Major prizes for photo and video shootout. eScuba is the Australian distributor of Sherwood Scuba, Sealife, Akona, Spare Air and Dive Alert.

Ikelite Major prize for photographic shootout. Ikelite manufactures a diverse line of underwater photographic equipment that ranges from housings for simple point-and-shoot cameras to exotic housings for slr and video cameras. Ikelite is famous for the design and manufacture of sophisticated electronic flash units, strobe mounting systems.


Rodney Fox Shark Expeditions Major prize for photo and video shootout. A up to 4-night shark expedition with Rodney Fox Shark Expeditions aboard the "Princess II" for the worlds ultimate shark adventure. Tours depart Port Lincoln in South Australia out to the famous Neptune Islands, which continues to be the very best place in the world to see and photograph Great White Sharks.


Walindi Plantation Resort Major prize for photo and video shootout. Walindi Plantation Resort, established in 1983, is an intimate dive resort situated on the shores of Kimbe Bay on the island of New Britain, Papua New Guinea. Celebrating over 25 years of operation, the resort is world famous for its quality of diving, international award-winning photography and warm hospitality.


Lissenung Island Resort - PNG Major prize for photo and video shootout. A 7-night dive holiday at Lissenung Island Resort in PNG - The best little dive resort in the South Pacific!

Tasik Ria Resort Major prizes for photo and video shootout. Holiday at Tasik Ria Dive Resort from Manado in Sulawesi, Indonesia. Great diving at the reefs of Bunaken National Park one of the longest established operators in the area.

Eco-Divers Manado Major prize for photo or video shootout. Holiday at Eco Divers Resort Lembeh in Sulawesi, Indonesia. A fantastic experience of diving with the multitude of rare critters of Lembeh Strait with a very high class operator.

Mike Ball Dive Expeditions Major prize for shootout competition. Since 1969 Mike Ball has been setting standards in the Australian dive industry with exceptional liveaboard expeditions to the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea.

Perth Scuba Perth Scuba - Major prize for shootout competition - Nauticam EVIL Camera Housing. Perth Scuba is Western Australia’s largest dive centre. With over 650 metres of retail floor space, 2 large modern air conditioned classrooms, Presentation Theatre, Buddy Lounge, Scuba Museum and dedicated Technical diving, Underwater Photography and Videography store, Perth Scuba is your one stop shop when it comes to Scuba Diving in Perth.


Sundive Byron Bay Sundive Byron Bay - Major prize for shootout competition. Welcome to the Sundive Byron Bay. Scuba Diving at the Julian Rocks in Byron Bay, Australia - An Underwater Photographer's Paradise!

Byron Bay Dive Centre Byron Bay Dive Centre - Major prize for shootout competition. Welcome to the Byron Bay Dive Centre. Dive and snorkel the Cape Byron Marine Park at the most easterly point of the Australian mainland. Experience the underwater brilliance of Julian Rocks Marine Reserve, one of Australia’s top ten dive sites.

Dyron Photo & Video Dyron Photo & Video - Major prize for shootout competition. DYRON is a European brand. Dyron offers a wide range of accessories, lenses and lights for underwater photo and video. Full range, high quality, high technology. Custom machined material. Made in France - Europe.

South West Rocks Dive Centre South West Rocks Dive Centre - Major prize for shootout competition. South West Rocks Dive Centre offers Australia's best ocean cave dive, voted among the top ten dive sites in Australia. Fish Rock is located just over two kilometres off Smoky Cape at South West Rocks on the New South Wales Mid North Coast.

Seashell Prizes for photographic shootout. Seashell is a universal water proof camera case compatible with more than 1000 compact digital camera models from a few years back to the latest as well as iPhones 4 & 5. Seashell has obtained multiple international patents and worldwide registered trademarks. Seashell is also available in various beautiful crystal colors. Seashell is definitely a high quality product with good design that you would love.

Fantasea Prize for photographic shootout. Fantasea Line is an international company that is dedicated to developing, manufacturing and marketing creative and affordable products with a special focus on water-sports, diving and underwater photography equipment.

Planula Divers Retreat Byron Bay Planula Divers Retreat - Major prize for shootout competition. Dive Julian Rocks at Byron Bay with Planula. Planula offers beautiful accommodation just over 3 km from the centre of Byron Bay at the most easterly point of the Australian mainland. We offer diving & accommodation packages with a difference.

Aunoc LightsPrizes for photographic and video shootout – trial torches for night dives. Aunoc Lights are the makers of high powered LED lights made to military quality standards – tested to 240 meters – ultraclear glass and long burn times.

Redmap Redmap - $500 CASH prize. Redmap (Range Extension Database and Mapping project) allows divers to report species that are observed outside their usual or known distribution range via an interactive website. Information collected can act as an early indication of how the distribution of our species is changing as our coastal waters warm, using citizen science to help track this on a national scale. A successful pilot project has been running in Tasmania for the last three years and Redmap launched nationally in October 2012! In the spirit of Redmap, we are sponsoring a $500 cash prize for ‘The Neville Coleman Award’ for the most interesting critter find!


Atoll Atoll by Sophie Robertson - Prizes for photographic shootout. Atoll by Sophie Robertson The debut collection of silk scarves and pocket squares are inspired by Robertson’s love of the ocean and fashion. Her inspiration for the collection came from a series of underwater photographs she took while diving at The Great Barrier Reef, on a boat in Cairns. 'This collection has been dedicated to underwater explorer, Neville Coleman. He inspired my love of underwater photography and has also been a close mentor and friend.'

Let's Go Adventures Prize for photographic shootout. Lets Go Adventures! Learn to dive, or come boat diving, freediving, snorkelling with the highest rated PADI Dive facility in the Port Stephens, Hunter Valley & Newcastle area.


DAN Asia Pacific Prizes for photographic shootout and media support. As a diver it's important to be prepared for unexpected diving accidents/illnesses. Being a member of the Divers Alert Network (DAN) means that wherever you live or dive around the world you have peace of mind knowing that DAN is available 24-hours a day, 7 days a week to assist in the event of an accident/illness.


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