2018 PHOTO COMPETITION – Closed

The 2018 Nautilus Scuba Club Underwater Photo Competition is fast approaching.
 
All Club Members are invited to enter, so start sorting or taking pictures & save the date!
 
Images taken by compact cameras will be judged separately from DSLR and Mirrorless cameras, but the categories are the same for both Macro, Portrait, and Wide Angle, there will also be an open category called ‘Behavior’. 
 
The entries will be collected in by midnight on the 31st of May and sent away for Judging. Results and exhibition of prints will be on Wednesday 27th June at Cairns Colonial Club. More info to be advised
 
Competition rules and entry form are attached below:
 
 

March Newsletter

Here is the March Club Newsletter

Great Stories & Awesome Photos!

Info & Dates for Dive Trips, Club Meetings, Guest Speakers & Trip Reports

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Share your experiences with the club!
THERE IS ALWAYS A NEED FOR STORIES AND PHOTOS!

Our editor Phil will make the newsletter about 1 week before the club meeting on the last Wednesday of the month. Deadline for submitting photos & stories is the Sunday before club meetings.

Please send your stories and/or photos before deadline to editor@nautilus-scuba.net

Enjoy the read!

February Newsletter

Great Stories & Awesome Photos!

Dive Trips, Club Meetings,

Guest Speakers & Trip Reports

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Share your experiences with the club!
THERE IS ALWAYS A NEED FOR STORIES AND PHOTOS!

Our editor Phil will make the newsletter about 1 week before the club meeting on the last Wednesday of the month.
Deadline for submitting photos & stories is the Sunday before club meetings.

Please send your stories and/or photos before deadline to editor@nautilus-scuba.net

Enjoy the read!

January Newsletter

Here is January’s Newsletter  – Great Stories and Awesome Photos!!
Save the dates for Club Dives & Club Meeting

Read about the Xmas Dive & Party, Solomons Trip by Libby Sterling and another Prize Winner from last years photo comp, Eden Gray-Spence spent a week diving at Lissenung Island

Reminder: Our editor Phil will make the newsletter about 1 week before the club meeting on the last Wednesday of the month. 
Absolute deadline for submitting photos and stories is the Sunday before the clubmeeting.

THERE IS ALWAYS A NEED FOR STORIES AND PHOTOS!

It is part of being with the club, to share experiences, dives, fun, interests. Your club mates will love it.

Please send your stories and/ or photos before that date to editor@nautilus-scuba.net

December Newsletter

Here is the December Newsletter  – with great stories & awesome pictures!!
Save the dates for January dive, Lake Eacham BBQ & Club Meeting

Read about the Solomons Trip, Diving Coral Sea with Spirit of Freedom & UW Photo Comp Prize 1 week diving at TUFI Resort

Reminder: Our editor Phil will make the newsletter about 1 week before the club meeting on the last Wednesday of the month. 
Absolute deadline for submitting photos and stories is the Sunday before the clubmeeting.

THERE IS ALWAYS A NEED FOR STORIES AND PHOTOS!

It is part of being with the club, to share experiences, dives, fun, interests. Your club mates will love it.

Please send your stories and/ or photos before that date to editor@nautilus-scuba.net

 

October Newsletter 2017

And here is the October Newsletter  – with great stories & awesome pictures!!
Read about next years Fiji Trip, Diving Scapa Flow & More.

Reminder: Our editor Phil will make the newsletter about 1 week before the club meeting on the last Wednesday of the month. 
Absolute deadline for submitting photos and stories is the Sunday before the clubmeeting.

THERE IS ALWAYS A NEED FOR STORIES AND PHOTOS!

It is part of being with the club, to share experiences, dives, fun, interests. Your club mates will love it.

Please send your stories and/ or photos before that date to editor@nautilus-scuba.net

 

 

 

 

 

Volivoli + Beqa Sharks [opt]-Fiji Trip May 2018

Volivoli (+ optional Beqa Shark Diving), Fiji – May 2018 (Max: 15 pax)  – NOW FULL (Standby only)

Fiji is commonly known as the soft coral capital of the world.  We will be diving Bligh Water, a marine protected area famous for its abundance and diversity of marine life. One of the main attractions are the plentiful populations of beautiful soft and  hard corals.

This is a DEMA special offer of a 7 nights/12 dives package (+unlimited shore dives)  flying with Virgin Australia and staying at the Volivoli Beach Resort (full board) Wed 2nd  to Wed 9th May 2018.   http://volivoli.com/

For those of us who are a bit more adventurous, there is an option of adding 4 nights’ stay at the Uprising Beach Resort in Pacific Harbour, Viti Levu http://uprisingbeachresort.com Wed 9th to Sun 13th May 2018 to experience the world famous shark encounter dives with AquaTrek (2 days x 2 dives).   This is a thrilling opportunity to see 7 different species of sharks in one dive  (white tips, black tips, grey reef, tawny nurse, lemon, silver tips, bull sharks), and if lucky, even a tiger shark!  http://www.aquatrek.com

Members have been sent information about the above packages –

For further info, contact Akiko, Overseas Dive Coordinator on overseastrips@nautilus-scuba.net

To book, contact Dirk at Diversion Dive Travel on dirk@diversiondivetravel.com.au

 

Coral Sea with Rumrunner 19 -22 May

Dear fellow divers!

We have booked a trip to the Coral Sea with Rum Runner, the boat that reaches the parts other boats don’t reach.
What can we expect? Great visibility, 30 to 40 meters. Beautiful corals. Loads of fish. Sharks, sharks, sharks (they will also do a shark feeding). Knowledgeable dive guides if you want them. Some caves. Etc etc etc.
To reach these beautiful spots there is quite some sailing involved, which will mainly be done at night.
 
Dates: Fri 19 May – Mon 22 May [early morning]
We leave Friday 19 May afternoon (as erly as possible), arrive in the morning at the dive sites, 5 dives on Saturday, 3 on Sunday, then heading back to Cairns, arriving early monday morning. 
We have reckoned with at least 14 club divers. We need this number as we are hiring the whole boat.
Costs: about $600 per person.
 
So drop me an email if you plan to come via tripcoordinator@nautilus-scuba.net .
If we have not enough participants (minimum 14) we can’t go or we have to increase the price.
We will probably be asking a down payment, but that is not yet settled.
 
Let me know
And don’t forget: keep diving!
 
Cheers,
Your dive coordinator,
Rigo
 
 

Nautilus Underwater Photocomp 2017; Competing is Fun!

Dear Underwater Photographers,

It is time again to send in your best photos for our annual Nautilus Photocompetition 2017.!

Cairns Scuba Club has a yearly photo competition. This competition has been running for around 10 years now. It has been a runaway success among the members and it has increased the profile of the club to the outside world considerably. Phil Woodhead has been the great organiser all this time.

The competition works very simple. Every member can participate. Do you have one or more under water shots you are really happy with, don’t hesitate, go for it. Now, you might be a bit intimidated by the very high quality of the winning photos of other years. I know I am. Are your shots good enough to compete? My answer is: if you are really happy with your shot, send it it in. But as a beginner, how can I win a price? Yes, you can. Unlike in sports, where there are just a few players at the top winning everything and a beginner will never stand a chance, you can just have that lucky shot. You can make that amazing picture, because 2 fishes and a shrimp happen to smile at you in your compact camera at the same time!

One of the fun things in competing in the photo comp is getting better at taking pictures. You will hone your skills for next year. Through the years I have seen many of our members improve their picture taking. As a competitor you get a nice print of your favourite shots and you get to show them to everybody on the competition night. And they will be in next year’s Nautilus calendar.

Taking pictures on your dives has a great spin off. First of all, you get nice pictures. But it also improves your diving skills, striving to a perfect buoyancy to take a picture of that small critter. And taking pictures makes you look out better and see more. You can’t help to become a better underwater naturalist. Through photography you not only hone your skills as a underwater photographer. But you become an over all better diver.

What about Photoshop? Already in the earliest day of photography, photographers used some after processing to improve the raw results of their camera. This is called retouching. Now we have digital pictures and Photoshop, Lightroom and many other programs that do more or less the same. Every shot can improve with some [editing] after processing. Every year we organise a FREE Photoshop and Lightroom WORKSHOP where Phil teaches you the basics and also more advanced possibilities.

FREE Photoshop/Lightroom workshop is on Wednesday 19 April from 7pm to 9pm.

Every year there are questions whether the rules of the photo comp should not be changed. For instance, in a way that newcomers have a better chance to win a prize. Some members have just started to dive, others have many thousands of dives upon their sleeves. Also, some of our members enter the water with many thousands dollars of camera equipment with at least two flashlights, while others take a point and shoot camera. That is why there are 2 basic categories: SLR camera and Compact Camera. In both categories pictures are classified as Macro, Portrait or Wide Angle. Further there is an open category called Behaviour, which can be shot by any camera and can be macro, portrait or wide angle.

And by the way: the judging is not done by members (apart from the member’s choice) but by a fiercely independent panel of judges who only see the pictures, anonymously numbered.

For this year, long story short: $20 to compete with 1 to 12 pictures. Closing date 31st May 2017. Competition night on 28th of June @ 7pm – Nautilus SCUBA Club Underwater Photo Competition at the CAIRNS COLONIAL CLUB (in stead of our club meeting in June).

The competition forms have been send to you by email.  If you can’t find them, you can download them here:

Nautilus Scuba Club 2017 underwater photo comp form rules

Nautilus Scuba Club underwater photo comp entry form 2017-1

Happy shooting!

Jannemieke

President Nautilus Scuba Club

 

 

 

Call for GBR fish photos for our website fish guide

Dear members,

You may know that the Nautilus Club web site has a section on reef fishes which are common in the Cairns region.

It is located in https://www.nautilus-scuba.net/gallery/cairns-fish/

We are looking to expand this gallery with additional species and need your help.

I have a few requirements to be met to fit the current gallery technical parameters.

  1. For a fish to be added, 2-3 side view well cropped and clear photos of an individual fish specimen need to be provided. For examples of acceptable photos, please check a few photos from the existing gallery.
  2. Additionally, all photos must have the common and the scientific name included in the file name of the photos provided.

Here is an example of the naming convention for fish photos which I typically use.

” Pearl-scaled Angelfish (Centropyge vrolikii) [Angelfishes – Pomacanthidae]_40848.JPG”

Ideally, I would like to collect and include photos of all known phases of the fish (e.g., adult phase, juvenile phase, if known, and in case of parrotfishes/wrasses, female and male phases if they are known to differ). However, if you do not have photos of all such phases, 2-3 photos of adult specimens are certainly welcome.

If you do have the photos of the fish in the list below and would like to contribute to our fish gallery, please send your photos to alex_nnov21@yahoo.com. I will review all submissions received and if they satisfy the gallery requirements I will add them to the gallery site. If you would like to add a copyright info to your photos, please do so in the way which does not interfere with the main photo subject.

Here is the list of species for which we are looking for photos for the Gallery:

  1. Pearl-scaled Angelfish
  2. Centropyge vrolikii
  3. Vagabond Butterflyfish
  4. Chaetodon vagabundus
  5. Blackback Butterflyfish
  6. Chaetodon melannotus
  7. Lined Butterflyfish
  8. Chaetodon lineolatus
  9. Spotnape Butterflyfish
  10. Chaetodon oxycephalus
  11. Pacific Double-saddle Butterflyfish
  12. Chaetodon ulietensis
  13. Pennant Bannerfish
  14. Heniochus chrysostomus
  15. Humphead Bannerfish
  16. Heniochus varius
  17. Great Barrier Reef Blenny
  18. Ecsenius stictus
  19. Barrier Reef Anemonefish
  20. Amphiprion akindynos
  21. Pink Anemonefish
  22. Amphiprion perideraion
  23. Red-and-Black Anemonefish
  24. Amphiprion melanopus
  25. Spine-cheek Anemonefish
  26. Premnas biaculeatus
  27. Bicolor Goatfish
  28. Parupeneus barberinoides
  29. Yellowfin Goatfish
  30. Mulloidichthys vanicolensis
  31. Orange-dashed Goby
  32. Valenciennea puellaris
  33. Old Glory
  34. Amblygobius rainfordi
  35. Spotted Shrimp Goby
  36. Amblyeleotris guttata
  37. Honeycomb Leatherjacket
  38. Cantherhines pardalis
  39. Shark Mackerel
  40. Grammatorcynus bicarinatus
  41. Narrow-barred Spanish Mackerel
  42. Scomberomorus commerson
  43. Bleeker’s Parrotfish
  44. Chlorurus bleekeri
  45. Chameleon Parrotfish
  46. Scarus chameleon
  47. Egghead Parrotfish
  48. Scarus oviceps
  49. Globehead Parrotfish
  50. Scarus globiceps
  51. Greensnout Parrotfish
  52. Scarus spinus
  53. Minifin Parrotfish
  54. Scarus altipinnis
  55. Schlegel’s Parrotfish
  56. Scarus schlegeli
  57. Surf Parrotfish
  58. Scarus rivulatus
  59. Swarthy Parrotfish
  60. Scarus niger
  61. Yellowbarred Parrotfish
  62. Scarus dimidiatus
  63. Yellowfin Parrotfish
  64. Scarus flavipectoralis
  65. Bennett’s Toby
  66. Canthigaster bennetti
  67. Map Puffer
  68. Arothron mappa
  69. Star Puffer
  70. Arothron stellatus
  71. Stars and Stripes Puffer
  72. Arothron hispidus
  73. Coronation Trout
  74. Variola louti
  75. White-lined Rockcod
  76. Anyperodon leucogrammicus
  77. Black-spot Snapper
  78. Lutjanus fulviflamma
  79. Bluestripe Seaperch
  80. Lutjanus kasmira
  81. Five-lined Seaperch
  82. Lutjanus quinquelineatus
  83. Flagtail Triggerfish
  84. Sufflamen chrysopterus
  85. Pinktail Triggerfish
  86. Melichthys vidua
  87. Axilspot Hogfish
  88. Bodianus axillaris
  89. Barred Thicklip
  90. Hemigymnus fasciatus
  91. Bicolor Cleaner Wrasse
  92. Labroides bicolor
  93. Blackeye Thicklip
  94. Hemigymnus melapterus
  95. Tailspot Wrasse
  96. Halichoeres melanurus
  97. Checkerboard Wrasse
  98. Halichoeres hortulanus
  99. Threespot Wrasse
  100. Halichoeres trimaculatus
  101. Twotone Wrasse
  102. Halichoeres prosopeion
  103. Sixbar Wrasse
  104. Thalassoma hardwicke
  105. Tripletail Maori Wrasse
  106. Cheilinus trilobatus
  107. Flagtail Blanquillo
  108. Malacanthus brevirostris
  109. Blue Blanquillo
  110. Malacanthus latovittatus
  111. Blackside Hawkfish
  112. Paracirrhites forsteri

Many thanks!

Alex (The Nautilus Fish Geek)