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) 

 

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.