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Sundive Byron Bay Shootout 2012 Winners

Despite difficult diving conditions, there was a great turn out and some equally great results from this years Photo Shootout at Sundive Byron Bay.

And here are this year’s results…

Winner of the People’s Choice Award – as voted by the most number of ‘Likes’ on the Sundive Facebook page – Photographer: Lynton Burger

Winner of Best Compact Photo – Photographer: Ashley Missen

Winner of Best Nudibrand Photo – Photographer: Ken Thongpila

Winner of World Ocean’s Day Photo – Photographer: Andrew Thomson

Neville Coleman Memorial Award – Photographer: Ryan Pedlow

Winner of Best Scuba Diver – Photographer: Ken Thongpila

Winner of Best Macro Photo – DSLR Camera – Photographer: Ken Thongpila

Winner of Best Wide-Angle Photo – DSLR Camera – Photographer: Mark Gray

Winner of Best Competition Photo – Photographer: Shaun Reynolds

Congratulations to all the winners and to all the participants who took part in this year’s Sundive Byron Bay Photo Shootout. See you next year!

Byron Shootout – The Winners

Here they are, the winning photos and videos from this year’s event.  A big congratulations to everyone who picked up a prize.

Best Competition Photo

1st Place Best Competition Photo Matt Shepherd


2nd Place Best Competition Photo John Lawson


Best dSLR Macro Photo

1st Place Best dSLR Macro Matti Ovaska


2nd Place Best dSLR Macro Matt Shepherd


Best dSLR Wide Angle Photo

1st Place Best dSLR Wide angle Matt Ovaska


2nd Place Best dSLR Wide angle Lynton Burger


Best Compact Photo

1st Place Best Compact John Higgins


2nd Place Best Compact Photo Judy Burton


Best dSLR Portfolio

1st Place Christine Hamilton

2nd Place Matt Shepherd

Best Compact Portfolio

1st Place Brian Pool

2nd Place Gary Grant


Best Video

Best Video 1st Place – Wayne Dyer

Best Video 2nd Place – Ben Murray

Byron Shootout – The Finale

Sunday saw us at the Buddha Bar in Byron Bay for the finale of the 2011 Sundive Byron Bay Underwater Photo Shootout.  Competitors met at the bar around lunch time to try the many local beers brewed here in Byron Bay, and of course attand the finale ceremony. 

The finale kicked off with a presentation by John Natoli, organiser of the event, on diving Julian Rocks.  Then the team from Sarah Shark gave a quick talk on their project, and showed the first eppisode of their show.  Then of course the moment we were all waiting for – the prizes.  There were some great results this year, (see next post for who won what), and a big congratulations must go out to all thoese who picked up a prize, and a big thank you must be said to all those who attended the event, the sponsors, and especially to Giac, John and the team at Sundive for organising and hosting such a wonderful week.  We can’t wait to get back for the 2012 shootout, which is already promising to be bigger and better than ever.

Byron Shootout – Day 8

Saturday marked the last day of shooting here at the Sundive Byron Bay Shootout, with competitors getting in their last few dives of the week.  All reports have been good, with decent diving conditions.  However, the cold wind on the boat ride back to shore (a 10 minute boat ride I should point out) wasn’t overly popular.

After the day’s diving Sundive hosted a BBQ to mark the end of the week, and give everyone a chance to unwind with a few drinks and good food.  Of course most of the talk centred around the weeks shooting and the shots that were taken.

Tomorrow we have the Shootout Finale at the Buddha Bar in Byron Bay, where we will get the chance to see the results of the week, and say our goodbyes until next year’s competition.

The last photo of today’s set comes from Gerard Braithwaite, of one of the distractions that competitors had this year.

Byron Shootout – Day 6

We’re past the half way point now at the Sundive Byron Bay Shootout, and the excitment as we near the end of the competition is heating up.  A few new faces have shown up in the last few days as well, with the number of competitors now exceeding that of last year’s shootout.

There’s plenty of friendly banter around the place between photographers, with it becoming almost a game to see who can find the most exciting critters (mantas, decorater crabs, etc), and whether each shooter has the correct lens for their subject equiped!  We’re expecting pretty good results by the end of the week.

Last nights talk be Mark Gray was a hit, some tonnes of very helpful hints on approaching and photographing larger marine animals.

Tonight award winning photographer Ross Gudgeon is giving a presentation titled “Underwater Photography for Beginners – The Basic Essentials“, which given the high level of photographs he produces, is sure to be a talk not to be missed.

Once again, today’s photos come courtesy of John Natoli.

Byron Shootout – Day 5

The cold winds have started picking up today here in Byron Bay, however, the swell has dropped some, and the vis was up to around 15m in some areas. The mantas are still hanging around, and as usual out at Julian Rocks, there’s more turtles and fish than you could poke a stick at. The grey nurse sharks are remaining elusive thus for however.

Everyone’s in a cheery mood, and most are enjoying as much diving as possible (with the exception of one unnamed photographer who forgot to take their lens cap off!). This afternoon we have a talk by local photographer Mark Grey on approaching wildlife, which given Mark’s amazing up close wide angle photographs, should be very interesting.

Today’s photos come courtesy of John Natoli.

Byron Shootout – Day 4

Topside, today was the nicest day we’ve had in Byron for the 2011 Sundive Byron Bay Underwater Shootout – warm and sunny, and only a little breeze. Underwater there was less surge that the last few days, although vis was still down. That didn’t stop a lot of photographers putting on wide angle lenses though.

Given that the water’s a chilly 22 degrees (remember I dive in Cairns – 22 is cold!), it surprising that there’s been so many mantas around this week. For those with wide angle lenses equipped, they often got lucky, one manta seems to be quite curious. For those of us with macro lenses, you could almost hear us cursing underwater with our poor choice.

We’re about half way through the week here now, but the second half of the week promises to be exciting, with a number of photography talks coming up in the next few nights.

Byron Shootout – Day 1

Welcome from beautiful Byron Bay! We’ve arrived for the Sundive Byron Bay Underwater Shootout, an annual event spanning 10 days, giving underwater photographers and videographers from around the country the chance to come together to socialise, talk photography, and of course, compete for some amazing prizes.

This year’s shootout is looking to be a good one, with some 40+ competitors entering in the competition, tonnes of social get-togethers, an ‘Approaching Wildlife’ talk with previous winner and Sundive team member Mark Grey, and a number of underwater photography classes with award winning photograph Ross Gudgeon.

We’ll be bringing you updates from the event right here, so make sure you check back to see whats happening at this year’s shootout!

Sundive Byron Bay Underwater Shootout

Hi all,

Pete and myself will be heading down to the Sundive Byron Bay Underwater Shootout again next week, with all of the latest gear in underwater photography for entrants to come and have a play with.  If you’re going to be at the shootout (or just diving with Sundive between May 21-28) and would like to book a system to take out for a dive, email us at .

We’ll also be blogging from the event here, so if you can’t make it this year, make sure you keep an eye on what’s going on!

Hopefully see you there.


Byron Bay Photo Shoot Out with SunDive

Scubapix will again be featuring heavily at the Byron Bay Photo Shoot-Out hosted by SunDive Byron Bay. We will have complete demo systems for both the Nikon D7000 and the Canon 7D, with a choice of trying out either an Aquatica or a Nauticam housing, complete with Sea and Sea Strobes. Special prizes will be presented for the best images shot with a demo system.

We’re sure it will be as popular this year as it was last year. Pre-book a demo system by emailing with your preference of which camera and system combo you would like to try. Register for the event directly with SunDive using link below.

Event: Byron Bay Photo Shoot Out
Date: 21 – 29 May 2011
More info:  Click here to register with SunDive
Demo gear: Send an email to with Subject: Byron Bay Shoot Out