9th Annual Manta Fest Photo Festival traditionally will take place from August 27th to September 11th this year in Yap, Micronesia.
- Big Animals
- Mandarin Fish
Manta Fest has more prizes than photographers, everyone goes home with something from our sponsors, as well as new photographic game. Top prizes include a liveaboard trip to Raja Ampat with Dive Damai, a liveaboard trip to Guadalupe Island for Great White sharks with Solmar V, any Aggressor Fleet destination as well as a one-week package at Manta Ray Bay Resort. Manta Ray Bay Resort and Yap Divers together form Yap’s only PADI Gold Palm Resort is hosting the Manta Fest every year.
Moreover, organizers also offer complete Mares gear sets including regulators, BCDs, dive lights, knives, masks and fins. dSLR and non-dSLR categories win titanium jewelry by diver design and there will be a bunch of prizes from Henderson, Pelican, Armor bags and McNett towels.
Workshops and Professional training
Learning from top underwater professional photographers at formal workshops and one-on-one training appointments as well as in the water.
Steven Miller with Ikelite Photo School will be hosting advanced workshops at this year’s Manta Fest photography festival. Steve is hosting workshops where we can expect to learn about shooting split images, big animals in natural light as well as his professional post-capture tricks.
Frank Schneider teaches German and English workshops and will talk about shooting big animals, shooting sharks at Vertigo, working with models and show us how he sharpens his images and corrects color using Photoshop.
Ray Bullion will be hosting compact camera workshops, teaching photographers how to get the most out of non-dSLR camera systems. Ray will be demonstrating Vivid Pix photo editing software and hosting Ikelite demos.
Brad Holland, house photographer at Manta Ray Bay Resort, will talk about shooting in Yap, plan special photographic excursions in and out of the water as well as present his media at the Crow’s Nest after hours.
Video workshops and contest
This year Manta Fest will also have Andy Shumacher who will be available for one-on-one video training throughout the event. Andy will present his latest media at the Crow’s Nest after dark and judge video entries.
Private one-on-one training
Aside from the daily workshop schedule there is one-on-one private training available to all Manta Fest participants. Each professional has their own approach at their photography skills; managing the archive, sharpening images, color balancing and there’s both popular post production Adobe products, Lightroom and Photoshop to learn.
Whether it is how to get close to an animal, what to look for, how to compose behavior or develop your shot on a computer, the information is here and available day and night throughout Manta Fest.
The Cultural Experience
One of the photo contest categories is “People, Land and Culture”.
Throughout the two-week event we setup several opportunities to shoot traditional people, attire and village life… as well as fun scenarios over sunsets, cocktails and gold sand beaches with models.
Come learn from the top underwater shooters in the world, experience great diving and have lots of fun! Check special offer on Divebooker and have the most exciting diving holidays at Manta Ray Bay Resort!
Next Manta Fest Events:
- August 27th – September 11th, 2016
- August 27th – September 10th, 2017
- August 26th – September 9th, 2018