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.
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, and the 2017 event is shaping up to be the best one yet. Entry fees are R300 which allows 1 entry. The entry fee includes a T-shirt and dinner on the evening of prize-giving.
Marine ID Images: 2017 sees 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. capture it on video! The video must tell its own story and depicting some special behaviour of marine life.