The beauty and colour of Cayman’s marine life is one of the major draws for tourism and it is being celebrated with a special photo contest.
The Cayman Islands Tourism Association said that it will be hosting the Underwater Photography Competition in conjunction with the 8th Annual International Underwater Film Festival. The photography competition is open to anyone – professional or amateur, local or visitor – who wishes to submit photos to be considered in the contest. All photos must be taken in the Cayman Islands.
The contest is open for submissions until noon on Monday, 29 October. Photographer Cathy Church will be leading a panel of judges to determine the winners. Ms Church is well known around the world, both for her beautiful underwater photographs as well as for teaching thousands of divers how to also enjoy their adventure in this field.
Winners will be announced during the Underwater Film Festival on Thursday, 8 November at a location to be confirmed. Prizes will be awarded to the first, second and third place photos in each of the following five categories:
Scenic (cannot include turtles, stingrays and/or wrecks)
Creative (includes opportunity for advanced photo editing)
Each first place winner will receive a $250 Camana Bay gift card. Second place winners will each receive a $150 Camana Bay gift card and third place winners will each receive a $100 Camana Bay gift card. Other prizes for winning photographs include Caybrew beer and the winning images printed on canvas by Cathy Church. All winning photos will be exhibited at both the International Underwater Film Festival and Camana Bay for the month following the Film Festival.
In addition, a “Best in Show” award will be given to one of the first place photos as an overall best of the best.
This grand prize winner will receive a trip on the Aggressor Fleet to a location of their choice (Cayman, Belize, Turks & Caicos or the Carib Dancer in the Bahamas.) The Best in Show prize is valued at $2,695, and includes accommodation, diving, air, weights, weight belts, all meals and snacks, non-alcoholic beverages, local beer and wine.
For more information on the Underwater Photography competition, contact CITA at [email protected]