MantaFest Winners Announced


The 11th Annual MantaFest Photo & Video Workshop

Congratulations to the 2018 MantaFest image contest winners!

MantaFest is an international photography & video workshop with an image contest, created by Hall of Fame dive pioneer, Bill Acker, and hosted by Manta Ray Bay Resort & Yap Divers. Divers from around the world learn photography and video from a panel of today’s leading underwater professionals in classroom workshops and one-on-one training sessions during the two-week event.

Best of Show: Jim Decker, Canada, Nikon

MantaFest was created to be a platform where underwater photographers and videographers learn with professionals, for all levels and experience and all types of cameras.

I really wanted to make a platform for any-level photographer to work on, improve and grow their skills while diving Yap, next year I want a division created for first-time underwater shooters and have the demo camera systems here to use, it’s all about improving our guest’s photos.” – Bill Acker, CEO & Founder, Manta Ray Bay Resort & Yap Divers.

Best of Class: DSLR, Dan Norton, USA, Canon

The event schedule has room for up to 4 dives per day with daily classroom workshops, happy hour with the presenters, one-on-one training appointments and evening media presentations – special photo excursions include island cultural sites with traditionally dressed Yapese models and a “Sunset shark splits” photo shoot.

Best of Class: Compact, Lee Shinwoong, Korea, Sony

Over $20,000 in prizes are awarded for images in either behavior, macro, big animals, reef scenic or people, island & culture categories for dSLR/Mirrorless and compact cameras with a best-submission video prize. Generous sponsors such as Dive Damai, Siren Fleet, Master Liveaboards, Chuuk Odyssey, Aqua Nautic Elba, Manta Ray Bay Resort, Mares, Ikelite, Diver Design Jewelry, Light & Motion, Henderson Wetsuits, Pelican and Armor Bags provide MantaFest an exciting ending at the awards night.

To see all of the 2018 photo submissions and winning images, check out:

The next MantaFest event is – August 24th – September 8th, 2019.

Nick and Caroline Robertson-Brown

Nick and Caroline Robertson-Brown

Nick and Caroline Robertson-Brown are a husband and wife team of underwater photographers. Both have degrees in environmental biology from Manchester University, with Caroline also having a masters in animal behaviour. Nick is a fellow of the Royal Photographic Society in underwater wildlife photography and he also has a masters in teaching. They are passionate about marine conservation and hope that their images can inspire people to look after the world's seas and oceans. Their Manchester-based company, Frogfish Photography, offers a wide range of services and advice. They offer tuition with their own tailor made course - the Complete Underwater Photography Award. The modules of the course have been written to complement the corresponding chapters in Nick's own book: Underwater Photography Art and Techniques. They also offer equipment sales and underwater photography trips in the UK and abroad. For more information visit

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