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2002-09-06 16:04:26

It’s the Great Bahamas Shark Shootout!

Bring your camera, bring your film, bring your nerves of steel

Mark your calendars now for the last week of September and the first week of October (Sept. 21-28 & Sept. 28–Oct. 5, 2002) for what promises to be the wildest underwater photography program ever offered. During the 7 night stay novice and experienced photographers will have the chance to compete head to head and tooth to tooth as they enter the water on Stuart Cove's world famous Shark Adventure™ to participate in a Shark Shootout.

For six straight days photographers will be participating in a Shark Adventure™ dive on a boat exclusively with other photographers. Each boat will be hosted by one of our “All Star" photo pro's and timed to offer you the best lighting of the day. Together with an “All Star" photo pro and Shark Wrangler from Stuart Cove's you will work as a team to choreograph and capture the best possible underwater shots.

The remainder of your day will be filled with a technical seminar presented by our pros that are full of tips and tricks to help you improve your images. In the evenings each of our “All Stars" will strut their stuff when they present a visual collection of their work including some if their personal favorite images.

Stuart Cove's Fin Photo staff will be offering E-6 processing on site. And that leads up to one of the most beneficial aspects of the event – personal coaching. Our “All Star" photo pro's will help you critique your work so that over the six days of diving your images will only get better and better.

Novice and experienced photographers alike are invited. Sea & Sea is joining with the Fin Photo team to make sure that everyone who wants to will have a camera to shoot on his or her dives. According to “All Star" Greg Johnston “in a setting like this – so much of the shooting is being in the right spot at the right time – a beginner has the same chance of getting that prize winning shot as I do".

Of course, all the hard work during the week does have a payoff. Part of the program is a “shootout" photo competition. All participants will be asked to submit their best work of the week. Our “All Stars" panel will then judge those images with prizes awarded at our ending awards ceremony. More than prizes though, our winners will be thrust into the limelight as their images appear in the pages of Skin Diver magazine.

Stuart Cove's Dive Bahamas and Skin Diver Magazine have brought together the world's leading professional underwater photographers to join you in this event. The first “All Star" to sign up was Marty Snyderman, a field editor with Skin Diver and author of the monthly underwater photography column “Ask The Pro". With 25 years of professional underwater photography and teaching experience and an Emmy Award to his credit, Marty is known both for his still work and film work. His film “To Be With Sharks" was one of the highest rated premiers on Shark Week when it premiered in 1994. Bob Talbot's work is instantly recognizable when you visit an art gallery and see a shot of whales.

The Shark Shootout will be Bob's 2nd visit to Stuart Cove's. In 2000 he spent 3 months with Stuart and his team shooting the soon to be released Imax film "Ocean Men". Greg Johnston may be the most experienced "All Star" in regards to shooting the sharks at Stuart Cove's. Awarded the Society of American Travel Writers 2000 Travel Photographer of the Year, Greg has covered Stuart Cove's and these sharks for the past 15 years as a writer for Skin Diver and is the creative force behind Stuart Cove's and many other resorts advertising and brochures. Hawaii based David Fleetham was the 1997 British Gas Wildlife Photographer of the Year and the 2000 winner of the Kodak Oceans contest in New Zealand. David is a regular contributor to Skin Diver magazine and can be found on assignment all over the world. As a new writing/photography team at Skin Diver Jay Irland and Georginne Bradley round out our "All Stars". They just completed their first assignment at Stuart Cove's, however; their worldwide experience runs much deeper.

Your home for this event will be the South Ocean Golf & Beach Resort, conveniently located next door to Stuart Cove's. Packages start at $1,215 per person double occupancy for a diver and includes 7 nights gardenveiw accommodations including hotel taxes and gratuities, 6 days of Shark Adventure™ dives, welcome reception, awards dinner, and program fees. Packages with ocean views and all-inclusive options are also available. For reservations or more details contact Stuart Cove's at 888-31-SHARK (888-317-4275) or visit our website at www.sharkshootout.com. 

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