Celebrate The Sea 2018 2017-09-26T10:41:59+00:00

Celebrate The Sea 2018

The Most Exciting Event of the Sea 2018 in the Asia Pacific

Ocean Geographic is pleased to announce the staging of the 13th Celebrate the Sea Festival in Manado, North Sulawesi. Previously staged in association with the World Festival of Underwater Pictures, (Le Festival Mondial de l’Image Sous-Marine – Marseille) from 2002 to 2013, Celebrate the Sea was known as one of the most significant underwater photographic events in the world outside Europe.

Celebrate the Sea Festival is heading to Manado, North Sulawesi from 31 March to 4 April 2018. The festival’s mission is to use the power of pictures to inspire conservation and protection of the ocean environment. The festival in Manado will celebrate the splendour and richness of the marine bio-diversity of Bunaken National Marine Park, Bangka Island and the Lembeh Strait, with the underlying objective being to spotlight threats from climate change and pollution, particularly in this remote, coral triangle region. The 2018 festival will be used as a platform to call for the ban of shark fins in restaurants, and to work towards eliminating single-use plastic. The Provincial Government of North Sulawesi supports these initiatives. The 2018 festival will take place alongside the 5th annual ‘Ocean Geographic Pictures of the Year’ competition.

An impressive panel of high-profile, international speakers, led by ‘Her Deepness’ Dr. Sylvia Earle, will headline with insightful observations into the state of the oceans alongside the best ways we can work together towards the vital protection and regeneration of this most precious resource on earth. Multi-award winning journalist, television presenter and filmmaker Craig Leeson accompanies his highly acclaimed film ‘A Plastic Ocean’ which he wrote, directed and produced. They will be joined by National Geographic photographers David Doubilet and Jennifer Hayes and the festival founder; wildlife photographer, explorer and conservationist Michael AW, along with an impressive array of scientists, artists, innovators, photographers and passionate marine advocates.

A major highlight is the International Underwater Photography Shoot-Out Competition from 1-3 April 2018, with prizes totalling over $35,000 value – one of the richest shoot-outs in the world. Eco-Divers are supporting the competition bringing attention, along with the diving community, to this beautiful, rich and diverse diving location. The overall winner will be named ‘Master of the Competition’ with a cash bounty of around USD 5,000. A regular feature is also the children’s art competition, aimed at inspiring the energy, enthusiasm and curiosity of the future ambassadors of our planet.

The festival opens at 13:30 on 31 March 2018 at the central Manado Megamall auditorium with a packed schedule of keynote speakers and presentations up until the opening ceremony at 18:30, also in the Megamall complex and hosted by the Provincial Government of North Sulawesi. The Photography Shoot-Out Competition then takes place at local participating resorts from 1-3 April.

On 4 April celebrate The Sea relocate to the modern 4* Mercure Manado Tateli Beach Resort, home of Eco Divers, with a spectacular view over the Celebes sea around Bunaken National Park and classic volcano-shape of Manado Tua. Lunch is followed by another round of keynote presentations by our keynote speakers and a display of the finalists in the ‘Ocean Geographic Pictures of the Year’ competition. The Manado festival activities culminate in the closing ceremony and dinner at 18:30, once again hosted by the Provincial Government of North Sulawesi.

Land-based day tours have been specially created for festival delegates and competition entrants to give a further, rich insight into this fascinating region before heading over to Singapore for the finale.

The exciting culmination of the 2018 Celebrate the Sea Festival will be in Singapore on Saturday, 7 April at 18:00 onwards at a celebration party and presentation evening involving most of the notable speakers and personalities from Manado. This is where the winners of the Shoot-Out and OG Pictures of the Year competitions will be displayed and announced and the ‘Master of the Competition’ named and crowned.

Shoot-Out Competition 2018

The Richest Shoot-Out of the Year – USD 35,000 cash & holiday prizes

OG Pictures of the Year

Celebrate the Sea Festival Shoot-Out

Celebrate the Sea Festival: 31 March – 4 April 2018: Manado

Participating Resorts CTS Packages: 30 March – 4 April 2018

Shoot-Out Photography 10 Dives: 1 – 3 April 2018

Shoot-Out Entry Submission: 1 – 4 April 2018

Results and Award Ceremony: 7 April 2018: Singapore

10 REASONS TO COMPETE

1. Entries for the shoot-out will be donated to schools in Manado for education and to encourage marine conservation of coral reefs in North Sulawesi (non-commercial use).
2. Winning images will be used to encourage the authorities in North Sulawesi to engage in the preservation of coral reefs, and to pursue the significant reduction of single-use plastic.
3. Opportunity to be published on the front cover of Ocean Geographic Magazine.
4. Opportunity to be featured in the award-winning 'Nautilus Window Portfolio' of Ocean Geographic Magazine.
5. Opportunity to be named ‘Master of the Competition’ and win 66 million Rupiah cash (about USD 5,000).
6. Winning entries will be used in posters and slide shows for the ‘No More Plastic’ campaign in Manado.
7. Winners will be recognised as Ocean Geographic Emerging Photographers.
8. Entries will be used for the climate change index for North Sulawesi.
9. USD $1,500 funding will be provided to participate as a supporting photographer for the Elysium: Heart of the Coral Triangle expedition.
10. Over USD 35,000 in cash and holiday prizes to be won in total.

Prizes are supported by Provincial Government of North Sulawesi & Supporting Resorts

Categories

Small Exotic Animals | Compact Cameras | Seascapes | Portraits
*10 pictures per submission per competitor

Celebrate the Sea in 80 sec
*one video per entry per competitor

Grand Prize – “Master of the Competition”

* An upgrade can be purchased for USD $35 to enter 8 additional pictures or 1 additional video.

Click here for Terms and Conditions

OUR RESORT PACKAGES

Eco Divers will be offering 3 different packages for photographers who would like to participate in the shoot-out:

ECO DIVERS MANADO

Double Occupancy USD 665/person – Single Occupancy USD 7906 days/5 nights/10 dives

Price includes:

  • 5 nights’ accommodation in an air-conditioned room (double/twin sharing)
  • 3 days of boat diving on Air (up to 3 guided day-dives per day), with cylinders & weights
  • 1 guided boat night dive on Air, with cylinders & weights
  • Full Board Meal Plan, including mineral water
  • Airport transfers
  • Welcome drink
  • Free internet access
  • Taxes

ECO DIVERS LEMBEH

Double Occupancy USD 820/person – Single Occupancy USD 9456 days/5 nights/10 dives

Price includes:

  • 5 nights’ accommodation in an air-conditioned room (double/twin sharing)
  • 3 days of boat diving on Air (up to 3 guided day-dives per day), with cylinders & weights
  • 1 guided boat night dive on Air, with cylinders & weights
  • Full Board Meal Plan, including mineral water
  • Airport transfers
  • Welcome drink
  • Free internet access
  • Taxes

COMBO ECO DIVERS MANADO + ECO DIVERS LEMBEH

Double Occupancy USD 791/person – Single Occupancy USD 9166 days/5 nights/10 dives

Price includes:

  • 2 nights’ accommodation in an air-conditioned room (double/twin sharing) in Manado
  • 1 days of boat diving on Air (up to 3 guided day-dives per day), with cylinders & weights in Manado
  • 3 nights’ accommodation in an air-conditioned room (double/twin sharing) in Lembeh
  • 2 days of boat diving on Air (up to 3 guided day-dives per day), with cylinders & weights in Lembeh
  • 1 guided boat night dive on Air, with cylinders & weights in Lembeh
  • Full Board Meal Plan, including mineral water
  • Airport transfers
  • Welcome drink
  • Free internet access
  • Taxes
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