2023 Photo Competition Sponsors

Written by Webmaster

14 June 2023

The Nautilus Club would like to thank the sponsors of the 2023 Photo Competition. Here is a list of the sponsors this year, links to their websites and their generous contributions.

4 week display at Tanks Art Centre

Volivoli Beach Resort

Volivoli Beach Resort is the award winning 4 star Fiji Dive Resort. 

It is owned and operated by the Darling family, 16 year veterans of the area. Perched on the edge of the stunning Blight Water, with over 80 dive sites to scuba dive it is the perfect spot for any avid diver. With a purpose build dive and fishing boat fleet, onsite dive training facility, Volivoli Beach Resort is Fiji’s premiere dive resort for scuba diving in Fiji.

Volivoli Beach resort has sponsored the Wide Angle category in the 2023 UW photo competiton.  They are providing a 5 night ocean view accommodation, a full meal plan, 3 days of boat diving and unlimited shore diving on their 3 house reefs for 1 person.

WOW how good is that!!!

Volivoli Beach Resort | Dive into the heart of Fiji

Mike Ball Dive Expeditions

World class scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea on Australia’s most awarded liveaboard, Spoilsport.

Mike Ball Dive Expeditions focuses on providing excellent diving within a highly professional and safe operation. Their safe diving protocols cater for divers of all abilities, providing guidance underwater for those who need it and allowing greater freedom for those who don’t. They seek out the best dive sites, and then combine them with excellent food, accommodation and service to ensure our guests have a fantastic holiday experience.

Mike Ball Dive Expeditions is a long term club supporter and photo competition sponsor. Departing from Cairns on a weekly basis for a variety of 3, 4, 5 and 7 day expeditions.

Craig has generously donated a a Fly Dive Coral Sea Expedition for 1 diver.


Lissenung Island Resort

Lissenung Island Resort located in Kavieng, Papua New Guinea, is a long-term photo competition sponsor and a popular destination with club members. The resort is guaranteed relaxation, with a tranquil atmosphere, maximum of 16 guests for serentiy, and personal service. They have generously donated a 7 night dive package.


Walindi Plantation Resort

Walindi Plantation Resort located in Kimbe Bay, Papua New Guinea, is a long-term sponsor of the photo competition and a valued sponsor. Walindi is a popular destination with club members, renowned for its outstanding marine biodiversity. The resort has 20 accommodation units, day dive boats and links with two liveaboard dive boats. They generously donated a 5 night dive package.


Digital Diver & Ikelite

Digital Diver have partnered with Ikelite to sponsor a major prize in this years photo competition. Digital Diver is a long term club and competition sponsor supporting our underwater photographers and videographers.

Ikelite being a leading brand and supplier of underwater housing, torches and strobes. They have generously donated an Ikelite Strobe. 



Tufi Resort- Papua New Guinea

Paradise in Papua New Guinea! Tufi Resort offers a wide variety of diving experiences. These include diving the fiords to unchartered reefs and WW2 wrecks. Visibility of 30 metres plus and water temperatures of 26°C to 29°C are consistent all year round.  A long time sponsor of the photo competition have generously donated a 3 night dive and accomodation package.


Coral Sea Dreaming

Coral Sea Dreaming has been taking people on memorable diving trips for many years, and under several owners. Coral Sea Dreaming is unique, intimate, uncrowded. You set off on a trip with a small group of strangers, and come back as friends. They aim to provide the best possible service to their guests, and make sure your experience on the reef is unique and unforgettable. Coral Sea Dreaming have generously donated a trip for 2 – all inclusive.

Coral Sea Dreaming – Cairns overnight reef tours

Pro Dive Cairns

Pro Dive Cairns is a long term club sponsor and ongoing supporter of the underwater photo competition.

Since 1983, Pro Dive Cairns has developed an international reputation for quality, professionalism, safety, and value. Specialising in dive courses from beginner to advanced, and three-day liveaboard dive trips, you will receive the very best, personalised experience.

Pro Dive Cairns is home to the Great Barrier Reefs premier three-day, two-night liveaboard dive trip; as well as well as a range of PADI certified scuba diving courses. From a five-day Learn to Dive Open Water certification course (run in conjunction with the three-day liveaboard dive trip), through to advanced and professional development courses.

Prodive is sponsoring the competition with a 3 day / 2 night trip for 1 lucky diver!

Thank you Pro Dive Cairns


Tabata – YS-03 Strobe

The lucky winner will be awarded the YS-03 Universal Lighting System, designed for underwater photographers of all levels.

  • Experience the convenience of TTL functionality (slave TTL) accessible to all.
  • No need to worry about camera compatibility – this package has it all covered.
  • Enjoy the convenience of an all-in-one package, including the arm, stay, and cable.



Deep Sea Divers Den

Ocean Quest

Divers Den offers scuba diving and snorkel tours on the Great Barrier Reef. They provide gear, training, dive instructors and scuba diving courses. Ocean Quest is their liveaboard vessel, and they have generously donated a 2 day, 2 night dive trip for one diver.


Scuba Schools International – SSI

SSI provides training and scuba diving certification, educational resources and professionals. They have done so internationally for over 45 years. They have generously donated a 5 piece luggage set. 



Octopus Dive

Octopus Dive is a mobile scuba diving school operating from Cairns. With every level of certification from beginner to pro, recreational to occupational, they supply all gear and come to you. They have generously donated either a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course or a PADI Rescue Diver Course.


Sunlover Reef Cruises

Based in the vibrant tropical city of Cairns, Sunlover is perfectly positioned to offer exceptional Great Barrier Reef tours and Fitzroy Island day trips. We love what we do and we’re passionate about where we get to do it – Cairns and out to the magnificent Great Barrier Reef. Get ready to embark on an adventure that will leave you in awe. Sunlover Reef Cruises have generously donated two vouchers for a fabulous full day reef tour on Sunlover.

Great Barrier Reef Tours & Fitzroy Island Experiences – Sunlover

Sharkskin | Neptune Australia

Sharkskin is a clothing brand that creates not only dive specific products but covers a massive range of all water sports products. Sharkskin provides customers with gear that makes water activities safer and more enjoyable. They have generously donated a voucher.


Passions of Paradise

Passions of Paradise are a long term and valued sponsor of the photo competition and the club. They are a wonderful dive operation, running their day boat out from Cairns. They have generously donated a trip for two divers on Passions of Paradise III . 



Professional Association of Diving Instructors, is a recreational diving membership and diver training organization, recognised internationally. They have generously donated a full PADI product pack and eLearning voucher. 


Adrenalin Snorkel and Dive

Museum of Underwater Art (MOUA)

Adrenalin Snorkel & Dive are Townsville’s most experienced diving and snorkelling provider operating a full service dive center with day trips and liveaboards. We visit the Great Barrier Reef and the SS Yongala Wreck departing from Townsville (and Magnetic Island for day trips).  Adrenalin Snorkel and Dive also run a wide range of PADI courses.

They are committed to protecting our natural environment. Our day trips are ECO-certified by ECO Tourism Australia and we work with Australian conservation groups, researchers and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority to educate the community and monitor the reef.

With over 30 years in Marine Tourism, you can relax knowing Adrenalin Snorkel and Dive have the skills, knowledge and experience of the best spots on the Great Barrier Reef.

They have generously donated a day trip for 1 to dive on the Museum of Underwater Art.  Its such a fabulous dive!



Deep Sea Divers Den

Aqua Quest

Divers Den offers scuba diving and snorkel tours on the Great Barrier Reef. They provide gear, training, dive instructors and scuba diving courses. Aqua Quest is one of the newest additions to Divers Den’s fleet, and has been purpose-built for snorkelers and divers ultimate day trip. They have generously donated a day trip package that includes 3 dives, for two divers.



Scuba Diver Magazine

Scuba Diver Magazine is one of the premier dive magazines that offers both digital and print subscription options.  Its a great resource, informative with quality stories and imagery. They have generously donated 5 subscriptions.


Down Under Cruise & Dive

Down Under Cruise and Dive are day trip operators. They offer some of the best day trips being locally owned and operated for 30 years, award-winning tourist and dive boat, Tripadvisor #5 top day cruise in the world, and PADI certified dive courses and dive centre. Down Under have generously donated a day trip for one diver. 


Rum Runner

Rum Runner is Cairns’ most affordable outer reef liveaboard dive and snorkel tour operator. They go out regularly for overnight trips, and their boat accommodates up to 16 people. They have generously donated a 2 day, 1 night dive trip for one diver. 


Yongala Dive

SS Yongala

Yongala Dive has custom-built dive vessels, to provide the fastest, easiest way to dive the historic S.S. Yongala Shipwreck. Offering accommodation onsite and small dive groups, Yongala Dive is the best way to explore one of the top 10 dives on the planet. They have generously donated a day trip for one diver.



Diveplanit Travel

Your personal dive travel agency

Diveplanit Travel – your personal dive travel agency. They will get you to the best scuba diving locations on the planet.

Not sure where you want to go? Explore their website to find your ideal diving destination by country. Or choose your dive experience using our guides of the best wreck dives, coral reefs, where to go muck diving and where to see the big stuff – sharks, manta rays, turtles and whale sharks.

Wherever and whenever you want to go diving, we’ll find the right package just for you. So what are you waiting for? Pool’s open folks – call Diveplanit now to organise your next dive holiday!

Diveplanit generously donated a travel voucher (T&Cs apply)

Diveplanit Dive Travel – Your Personal Diving Travel Agent

Calypso Reef Imagery

Calypso Reef Imagery is Cairns’ Great Barrier Reef digital underwater photography and videography specialists. This dedicated team covers everything from underwater camera hire to private and commercial contracts, film and television, tourism event photography, dynamic aerial cinematography, drones and more.  They have generously donated a voucher to use with an in store purchase or equipment hire.



Divers World

Divers World is the longest-running and largest dive and spearfishing centre in Far North Queensland. They offer the greatest products from spearfishing guns, bungees, reels, and lines, to fins, diving gear, and accessories. Divers World have generously donated a gift voucher.


Benni Marine Designs

Sharing the beauty of the ocean through wearable art

Benni has been diving and taking underwater photos for more than 30 years. She wanted to share the beauty of the underwater world in a unique way. So, Benni started experimenting with fabric design. To begin with she made a few small items like purses and bags, then the product range expanded, and the design portfolio grew!

But Benni didn’t want to just make pretty things, she wanted to make a difference. This is why each year Benni Marine Designs contribute 5% of profits to important ocean conservation projects.

Benni Marine Designs have generously donated a voucher.

Benni Marine Designs

First Aid Academy

First Aid Academy (RTO 40920) conducts first aid and rescue courses and offers rescue equipment for all situations.  Their  courses are delivered face-to-face and are held on business days, weekends and evenings, so we work when you and your team have the time. FAA generously donated an Oxygen or First Aid course.


Supporting Sponsors

Slip Ins

Everybody enjoys a little attention, and SlipIns can help you achieve that psychological gratification. Be bold, and have fun, because life is an adventure and meant to be enjoyed. So much easier to get in/out of a wetsuit, even when wet. Great skin protection from abrasions, stinging critters, and the sun.  Perfect for diving on the reef.  They have generously donated two vouchers.


Dundee’s Waterfront Dining

Modern Australian Cuisine

With an extensive menu catering to each and every individual Dundee’s Restaurant on the Waterfront’s modern Australian menu features tender Australian bred beef grilled to perfection; fresh local seafood, pastas, salads and unique Australian fare such as kangaroo, crocodile and emu as well as house made desserts. Due to this diverse offering, the menu is the draw card for return local, national and international visitors. Dining at Dundee’s is often on the ‘must do’ list for tourists, as is visiting the Great Barrier Reef or exploring the surrounding rainforest.

Dundee’s have generously donated a voucher.

Dundees Waterfront Dining Cairns | Dundees Restaurant @Cairns Aquarium

Baruna Silver

Jewellery of the Seven Seas

Baruna Silver® was created with the purpose of bringing your diving dreams to life.  Every piece of jewelry within the Baruna collection is meticulously crafted from sterling silver, ensuring your precious memories endure eternally.

Their exclusive collection is handcrafted by skilled Balinese silversmiths in Celuk, the heart of Bali, using traditional techniques. Each intricate detail is carefully shaped to create a truly unique treasure, reflecting the artistry and passion of our craftsmen.

Baruna Silver have generously donated a voucher to put towards a unique piece of jewellery.

Baruna Silver (baruna-silver.com)

Dive Tec

Offering technical & servicing experience to recreational divers and instructors for over thirty years. Currently servicing equipment for dive operators from Cairns to Port Douglas plus dive schools & SCUBA dive clubs across Australia and overseas.  Mark generously donated a reel and wrist slate.




High Scan has been in operation since 1999 – Cairns first supplier of high quality “drum scans” to the advertising and print industries.  Since the changeover to digital photography and printing – we have added wide format printing and now specialise in the digital capture and high quality reproduction of original artworks and photography.

We have the ability to print on to a range of media – photographic, fineart and canvas.
Reproduction quality digital capture of art, photos, maps, documents, and lots more.
HisSCan have kindly donanted a voucher towards your next print!

Personalised mask strap

Kai Steinbeck from IDCwithKai is sponsoring us with a personalised mask strap for a lucky raffle winner at the uw photo competition awards night!
How cool is that! I love mine!
You’ll have to be there to win it!
Check out his Facebook page and Website

Mike Scotland

Marine Biology in the Wild

Thank you to Mike Scotland of Dive Log Australasia for his sponsorship of the 2023 uw photo competition.
Dive Log is always such a great read.

Mike has generously donated 3 copies of his new book (and invaluable diver resource) – Marine Biology in the Wild

Check out the Dive Log website: http://www.divelog.net.au/
Have a look at the book review: https://user-80925338.cld.bz/FEB-2023-Issue-398/14/


Cardzilla is North Queensland’s award winning print & embroidery company. Using the latest equipment available, we endeavour to produce the highest quality products at affordable prices to help you Build your Business. Cardzilla is a long term and highly valued club sponsor.


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