NAUTILUS SCUBA CLUB CAIRNS ANNUAL UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPETITION AND EXHIBITION
WORLD class photos of the fascinating and diverse creatures and scenery from beneath our oceans can be seen at a free exhibition at the Tanks Arts Centre until August 20.
More than 400 photographs are featured in the Underwater Photography Exhibition, all entries from members of the Nautilus Scuba Club Cairns in the club’s annual underwater photo competition.
Nautilus Scuba Club member and media coordinator Terry Cummins said the exhibition provides the viewer with a glimpse into the fascinating and diverse creatures and scenery that exist beneath the surface of our oceans.
“It’s not just on the Great Barrier Reef, but also all the other diverse places our club members find to go diving.
“The exhibition is also an educational experience, so we encourage families to come along. There will club members there to answer any questions including about the photographs.
“Our annual competition and exhibition highlights the wonders of the underwater world, averages over 400 entries, and attracts world class underwater photographers from all over the globe.
“It also attracts some of the biggest names in the scuba diving industry as sponsors who provide prizes worth tens of thousands of dollars including holidays in Fiji and PNG,” he said.
In 2022 more than 5000 people passed through the exhibition.
The competition categories include Macro, Portrait, Wide Angle and Behaviour. There is also a themed category entitled Great Barrier Reef along with a Portfolio Category, in which photographers enter a set of five images that demonstrate their skill across all the categories.
The images are judged by independent professional and international award-winning photographers, and you, the audience, for the People’s Choice Award.
The free exhibition is open at Tank 4 from 9am to 4.30pm weekdays and 10am to 2pm on weekends.
The Nautilus Scuba Club Cairns, Australia was first established in 1982/83 by a handful of local Cairns scuba divers and was incorporated as a not-for-profit in 1985 with its constitutional goal: “To promote the sport of: “Scuba Diving in Far North Queensland”, a goal that remains unchanged to this day. The club now has now become one of the largest scuba clubs in Australia with over 300 active members. Our Annual Underwater Photographic Competition and Exhibition which highlights the wonders of the underwater world, averages over 400 entries, attracts world class underwater photographers from all over the globe and some of the biggest names in the scuba diving industry as sponsors. In 2022 over 5,000 people passed through the exhibition.
Important Event Information:
Exhibition: 26th July to 20th August 2023
Time: 9:00 am to 4:30 pm daily on weekdays and 10:00 am to 2:00 pm weekends
Who will be there: Nautilus Members, Contestants & the General Public
Awards Night: Saturday 5th August 2023
Location: Cairns Tanks Arts Centre (# 4)
Time: 6:00 pm (sharp)
Who will be there: Nautilus Members & Contestants
Dive Industry & Marine Environment Personalities
More information: Libby Sterling (Event Cordinator) Photocomp@nautilus-scuba.net
Cathie Cummins (Sponsorships)
Terry Cummins (Media): 0439 945 123
Our Website: www.nautilus-scuba.net
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About or Photographic Competition and Exhibition
The competition is open to any current financial member of the Nautilus Scuba Club Cairns and is judged by two independent high profile professional photographers who are not members of the club nor live in Cairns.
There are five Open Categories (Maximum of 3 images per category per contestant)
- Wide Angle
- Great Barrier Reef
There are also two portfolio sections where photographers submit 5 images for either:
- SLR / Mirrorless Cameras
- Compact Cameras
Additionally, there is a ‘Members Choice Award’ where club members can vote for their favourite image and a ‘People’s Choice Award’ where the public attending the exhibition can vote for their favourite image and go in a raffle also for a prize.