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The Shootout, which will be held from 15-23 June 2018, will again pitch two teams head-to-head in a live underwater photography contest. A team from the beautiful Gulen Dive Resort in Norway will be competing with their opposing team at the equally beautiful Lembeh Resort in Indonesia. The first contest, in 2016, resulted in the narrowest of last-minute victories for the team from Lembeh. And now the captains for the 2018 event have been announced.

Captaining the Lembeh team will be the world-renowned professional underwater photographer Alex Mustard and in the corner for Gulen will be another big hitter of the underwater imaging world, Keri Wilk. Keri also captained the Gulen team in 2016, so he has a score to settle…

Shootout 1

“If last year's three-round nail-biter was any indication of what to expect, we should have another exciting battle on our hands,” he said. “Last year, Team Gulen showed the world that we could indeed compete with Lembeh. Next year, however, we aim to show that we can win!”

Both captains will not only be providing guidance to their teams on how to get the winning shots, but will be making tactical decisions about image selection. They will, of course, also be helping team members to create stunning imagery by extracting the very best of their photographic ability.

Shootout 2

Alex said: “Team Lembeh won the last Shootout, so the pressure is on me this time! It’s such a fun event where the team has to all work together to ensure that everyone gets great images to be sure of success.”

The Shootout will feature a programme of live broadcasts and reports from the event, including video discussions with the captains and teams.

Both Gulen Dive Resort and Lembeh Resort are actively seeking team members to help them to win. If you think you have what it takes and would like to participate in what will be the most-talked about and fun event in underwater imaging during 2018, contact Gulen Dive Resort or Lembeh Resort directly.

Mark Evans
Mark Evans
Scuba Diver's Editor-in-Chief Mark Evans has been in the diving industry for nearly 25 years, and has been diving since he was just 12 years old. 30-odd years later and he is still addicted to the underwater world.

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