2024 Photo Competition Sponsors

Written by President

18 May 2024

The Nautilus Club would like to thank the sponsors of the 2024 Photo Competition. Here is a list of the sponsors this year, links to their websites and their generous contributions.


3 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 | Dive into the heart of Fiji

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. 


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.  Tufi Resort are long time sponsor of the photo competition.


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 – 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.


Tabata – YS-03 Strobe

  • 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, varying in 2 day to 4 day trips.


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.


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.


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.



Professional Association of Diving Instructors, is a recreational diving membership and diver training organization, recognised internationally. 


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.



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.



Scuba Diver Magazine

Scuba Diver Magazine is one of the premier dive magazines that offers both digital and print subscription options. It’s a great resource, informative with quality stories and imagery. 


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.


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.



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. 



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.


Mike Ball Dive Expeditions

Mike Ball Dive Expeditions operates exciting, world class liveaboard scuba diving expeditions departing from Cairns to some of the best dive sites on the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. From 3 to 7 nights, they provide options for every diver. They are eco certified and won TripAdvisors Traveller’s Choice in 2023. 

Mike Ball Dive Expeditions | Cairns Liveaboard Diving | Book Direct

Digital Diver

If you are looking for Underwater Cameras, Underwater Camera Lights, Underwater Video Lights & much more Digital Diver has Australia’s most extensive range of Underwater Photographic Equipment. For over 20 years they have been helping people capture amazing images underwater with Australia’s largest range of Underwater Cameras. Whether you’re starting with a GoPro, or a Seasoned Pro they have all the underwater equipment you need. They have a store in Cairns, as well as shipping Australia wide. 

Digital Diver – Australia’s Underwater Camera Experts

Spirit of Freedom

Spirit of Freedom have the best Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea itineraries to Spirit you Away, with 3, 4, and 7 night trips as well as special expeditions and swimming with the world renowned Minke Whales. The Spirit of Freedom was custom-built for long range cruising and optimised for the sea conditions of the Coral Sea region. It boasts 11 customer cabins, with a design to fit every diver. 

Spirit of Freedom – Diving Liveaboard Cairns

Scuba Pix

Scuba Pix mission is to ensure your system is the system for you – whether you’re new to underwater photography or a professional underwater cinematographer. They guide you through the ever-expanding array of underwater housings, underwater optics, underwater lighting and accessories to create an underwater imaging solution that best accommodates your needs and budget. Servicing and selling high quality camera equipment. 

Scubapix – The Australian Distributor for Nauticam Underwater Products

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

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.


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. 


Bolde Wetsuits

The best and most beautiful wetsuits in the water. Are you tired of black, boring, wetsuits that make you look like a seal in the water? So is Bolde, that’s why shark biologist Amanda Elizabeth created Bolde. Bolde wetsuits are made from premium, eco-friendly, limestone-based neoprene (Yamamoto), are bright & colourful, and are designed specifically for a woman’s unique body shape. Experience the feeling of comfort and warmth while embracing your own unique style in and on the water. 

BOLDE wetsuits

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.

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 (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. 



Personalised mask strap

Kai Steinbeck from IDCwithKai makes amazing personalised mask straps! Loved by all customers.



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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