Hello from sunny Byron Bay! The team from Scubapix are down here for Sundive’s Byron Bay Shootout 2010. Underwater photographers from around the country have once again converged on Byron in Northern NSW to compete for over $15,000 in prizes. The turnout thus far has been excellent, with many more photographers arriving during the next week.
Reports from the divers that have been out today have been excellent (this photographer’s yet to get wet, fingers crossed for tomorrow!), with tonnes of marine life around. For those of you that haven’t ever dived the Byron area, the main sites are around Julian Rocks, a rocky island about a km off the coast, that is home to a huge variety of creatures, from the big (manta and bull rays, leopard and grey nurse sharks, etc), to the small (invertebrates such as crabs and shrimp, ghost pipe fish, etc), and everything in between. Huge schools of fish can be seen hanging around the Cod Hole, a giant swim through that’s also home to, you guessed it, a number of large potato cod and even the occasional Queensland grouper.
Myself and Peter are on site for the week of the shootout, with a number of housings from Nauticam and Aquatica and lights from Light and Motion for contestants to take for demo dives. We have a range of new gear on display too, including the new Light and Motion Stingray G2 housing and Zen ports. However, the hottest product of the day is the brand new Light and Motion Sola 600 light. This is the first time one’s been seen in Australia, and the response has been great. Perfect for either an aiming light for your SLR or a self contained video light, and in an unbelievably small package.
If you’re in the Byron area, be sure to drop by Sundive to say hi and check out the latest gear. I’ll be posting some photos of what they get up to during the week, as well as daily updates for those of you that can’t make it this year.