This event draws talented photographers from around the world to test their skills documenting iSimangaliso’s natural splendour.

The Sodwana Bay Shootout Festival was originally an underwater competition, but the categories were expanded in recent years to enable non-diving photographers to enter in the ‘Land’ category as well. This is one of only a handful of photographic competitions around the world that is held at a specific location, where all the competitors compete in the same conditions, rules and amount of time. Entrants need to produce world-class portfolios over a five day period, and at the end of the day the best underwater photographer is judged the overall winner! This is the truest test of any photographer’s skills and the fairest form of competition amongst competitors from South Africa and around the world.

This photo of a Midas blenny, the overall winner of 2015, was taken by seasoned professional photographer Dr Geoff Spiby

Exceptionally high photographic standards were seen in all the previous years’ Sodwana Bay Shootout festivals, capturing some of the incredible diversity and fragile beauty to be seen both above and below the ocean in the World Heritage Site. To receive information on the upcoming events, be sure to enter your details on the Entry page.

This photo by Estienne Janse van Rensburg won third place in the ‘Advanced Land’ category
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3rd Place Chris Pienaar in the Intermediate Underwater Category

Marine ID Images: The “Nudibranch Hunt” – This is a new category for everyone with the emphasis on education rather than the quality of the photo. All you have to do is see how many nudibranchs you can capture on your camera, name them correctly and if you have the most correctly identified, you could be the winner of this category.

Caught in the Act Video: The hunt is on, for an unedited caught in the act video. Look out for behaviour (predation, symbiosis etc.) and capture it on video! The video must tell its own story and depicting some special behaviour of marine life.

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Lindy Duffield
082 854 2522
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