Basic Info:

What: Blue Dolphin of Malta Underwater International Photographic Competition

When: 18 to 21st October 2018

Where: Location: Gozo, Comino and Malta

Who: Event open to all underwater photographers internationally

Why: Because we love diving and Underwater Photography and Gozo is the place to be in the Mediterranean for everything from a shallow 10m dive to a Cave entry at 60m! Malta & Gozo have been voted 2nd Best Country for diving by Diver Magazine Awards

 

Photo Competition Locations:

The main competition dives will be carried out at Gozo diving sites. It all depends on the weather, safety but the choice includes:

  • The Blue Hole / Azure Reef / Inland Sea at Dwejra (Voted 3rd Best Diving Site in the Mediterranean in Diver Magazine)
  • Wrecks and Reef at Xatt l-Ahmar (Three wrecks scuttled for Divers, max depth 42m)
  • Mgarr ix-Xini (A picturesque small bay at the end of a valley recently used by Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt for their honeymoon and as a backdrop for their film "By the Sea".
  • Xwejni (A nice reef with possibilities of seeing large shoals of Barracuda and from which you can go to the unique Double Arch)
  • Ras il-Hobz (One of the best reef dives in Gozo and includes near by a Pinnacle rising from the depths to about 8m from the surface, always full of life)
  • Ir-Reqqa (A reef / wall dive with Billinghurst cave being just round the corner)
  • Xlendi Bay (A reef / wall dive with a tunnel at very shallow depth.

Visit www.maltadives.com for more info & videos of these divesites together with updates from their Facebook Page

 

Competition Categories

Blue Dolphin Classic - Seahorse Class: Open to photographers using DSLR/Bridge/Mirrorless Cameras

Blue Dolphin Classic - Nudibranch Class: Open to photographers using Compact Cameras

Safari Photo Fish Hunting (Apnea)

Safari Photo Fish Hunting (Scuba) 

 

Prizes

All placing competitors are awarded an amazing trophy that you will be proud to show off at home 

Best Photo of the competition (across all classes and categories) gets a KnightDivers GR13 Wing, kindly provided to us by Knight Divers

The full list is yet to be confirmed, but definitely you'll walk away with something nice!

 

Program:

Suggested program - Still under review and not finalised!

Thursday 18th October 2018 - Arrivals and Transfers during the day, Check-In at Hotel.

(Evening): 19:00 Technical Meeting - Safari Photo Competition & Blue Dolphin followed by Welcome Reception / Social Evening hosted by FUAM at Hotel

Friday 19th October 2018

Breakfast at 07:00 - 07:45 - Departure from Hotel to Diving Site / Harbour at 08:00

(Morning and Afternoon): Two competition dives during the day for Safari Photo Competition (Class A) and Blue Dolphin (Depending on weather - boat diving may be included)

(Evening) 18:00 - Collection of Photos for Day 1

(Evening) 20:00 - Participants Dinner

Saturday 20th October 2018:  

Breakfast at 07:00 - 07:45 - Departure from Hotel to Diving Site / Harbour at 08:00

(Morning / Afternoon): Safari Photo Competition(Class B) and Blue Dolphin Photography Competition Dives (Depending on weather - boat diving may be included)

(Evening) : 18:00 - Collection of Photos for Day 2

(Evening) : 20:00 - Participants Dinner

(Evening) : 21:00 - Deadline for declaration of Photo Submissions

Sunday 21st October 2018

(Morning): Leisure Dives / Tourism for participants, Judging

13:00 - Presentation of Awards followed by Lunch and initial departures.