Brand new comp.
Heres the details
Heres the rules
This is a new competition that will be held by the Southern Freedivers from December 2006 to March 2007.
It seems that more and more divers are investing in cameras and underwater housings to remember that unique moment or prized species. Many spearfishermen and freedivers are becoming proficient and skilled photographers of the marine environment and the creature which it contains. This clearly reflects the changing values and attitudes of our diving and spearfishing community and provides a balanced standpoint between hunting, and our appreciation and respect for the coastal waters.
What the competition involves:
Competitors will have the freedom to take photos in their own time and in any Victorian coastal waters. Competitors have the liberty to photograph Victorian species specified on the score sheet. Eligible species and scores are based on the current Victorian Spearfishing competition with a few extra species. Species added to the list are: sharks (all species), whales, dolphins, seals, crayfish, cuttlefish and syngnathids (seahorses etc.).
Every month two photos can be submitted per person, so pick your best.
Scoring is similar to the Victorian Spearfishing Challenge. Each month, photos will be ranked by the judges, the best photo receiving maximum points, while the worst photo will receive the least points. A running tally will be kept, and at the end of the competition an over all winner will be awarded. Judging criteria will take into consideration species photographed, lighting, contrast and artist component.
Also a Victorian photo of the year will be presented a prize. This photo will be the people’s choice and be separate to the overall tally winner.
All entries should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org
1) all photos are to be taken in Victorian waters.
2) all photos are to be taken freediving on a single breath.
3) participants must be members of Southern Freedivers and the Australian Underwater Federation
This is still being discussed, but there are some interested sponsors considering the event.
The purpose of this competition is to develop diver’s abilities with a camera, to learn lighting, contrast and artist component. This should not be taken overly serious and just as a bit of fun that will provide a new angle to our diving experience. Species that can be observed from 5m away may not make a productive photo so this will increase diver discipline and test ability for those that are seeking that perfect shot. Good luck to all and hopefully we will have some great photos present this season.
Species list will be posted in next couple of days. Get snapping!