Manta Fest Photo Festival 2018, Yap, Micronesia


Manta Fest Photography Workshops & Photo/Video Contest

August 25th to September 9th

Every year Manta Ray Bay Resort and Yap Divers hosts an all-levels, two-week long photo and video workshop, media party and image contest with $20,000 in prizes –

Several of today’s top underwater professionals host daily workshops, which are available to participants for one-to-one training throughout the week in English and German. Advanced photo workshops include topics such as pictorial design, shooting split images, shooting sharks & big animals, as well as models and modelling – plus, days of editing and post-capture tips and tricks using Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop.


Advanced underwater photography workshops, private session video training, drone flying lessons, Lightroom & Photoshop beginner to advanced and a challenging photography shoot makes up the official educational program. Each day there is “Happy Hour with the Presenters” at the Crow’s Nest open air bar where guests can bring their camera, laptop, housing or images and talk one-to-one with the pro’s about anything photo/video related. Private appointments can be made for training with your camera system as well as post-capture.

The Nightlife

Each evening the Crow’s Nest bar hosts a media presentation by one of the presenting professionals of their work. A high-definition media projector and outdoor big screen shows some of the day’s top shots and how they were captured. Engaging slideshows show everything from models to manatees.

The Contest

Prizes are given for Photo and Video submissions. Guests can participate with any type of underwater camera system in dSLR / mirror-less or non dSLR (compact) divisions with the chance to win the same prizes. Categories are Big Animals, Macro, Reef Scenic, Behavior as well as People, Island & Culture. Prizes and awards are presented for Best of Show, 1st, 2nd & 3rd place in each category, as well as honorable mentions. Each participant goes home with a sponsor gift bag.

Photo: Brad Holland

Previous event prizes include a 16-day liveaboard trip through Indonesia with Dive Damai (worth $10,000), Palau Siren Cruise, Chuuk Odyssey 7-day, Mares complete gear sets with Abyss regulator, Henderson wetsuits, Pelican gear, Armor dive equipment and Ikelite gift certificates.


Every day guests dive with the professionals at exclusive dive sites with no bottom time limits on custom photo dive plans. Guests can choose a boat with the presenter/dive site combination of their choice, affording participants the opportunity to be in the water and work on the skills or techniques acquired in the workshops or one-to-one training with the presenters.

There are daily big animal, macro and outer reef dive plans, as well as specialty dives such as mating mandarinfish and shark feed diving. You can dive up to five times per day.

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