Dive Guide Photo Competition

Dive Guide Photo Competition

June 10, 2017 by Sonja Geier 1 Comment

The majority of our guests are not only divers but also photographers. Therefore, it is a big plus if you can provide dive guides with a photography background. We have several camera setups for rental, available for our guides whenever they want to go fun diving. In order to give them an incentive to improve their photo skills, we organized a little dive guide photo competition with some great prices!

For the whole month of May, all our dive guides headed out to practice and shoot different critters whenever they didn’t go guiding. Some of them were happy to take pictures with our Olympus TG4, a very powerful compact camera, only using the light of a torch. The more advanced guides jumped straight into different lighting techniques or wide angle shots with the Panasonic GH4 and Nikon D500.

It was incredible to see the improvements within a week already after teaching everyone a few basics. We also did some work in Lightroom, starting from how to transfer and organize photos to basic editing and exporting with watermarks. Guides with previous experience helped the ones with very little camera but also computer knowledge – needless to say that it made the whole dive team grow together a little more.

By the end of May, all dive guides handed in their best picture after I’ve given them a simple advise on what the audience usually likes to see: “color, cute or rare!”. We then uploaded all 13 pictures to facebook in two different categories (Compact and Mirrorless/ DSLR) and ran the dive guide photo competition for 7 days. A few days ago we then finally had 3 winners according to the “Likes” and gave out the prices in a little winner’s ceremony:

Category Compact Camera

1st place | 387 Likes | NANDO
Winner of an Apple iPhone 3 & his picture in a frame

2nd place | 248 Likes | JONY
Winner of Macaron Speakers & his picture in a frame

3rd place | 165 Likes | ROCKLES
Winner of his picture in a frame

Category Mirrorless/ DSLR Camera

1st place | 493 Likes | JOHAN
Winner of Suunto D4 dive computer & his picture in a frame

2nd place | 457 Likes | STENLI
Winner of beats Speakers & his picture in a frame

3rd place | 363 Likes | DEDDY
Winner of his picture in a frame

Dive Guide Photo Competition

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>>)))°> volker lonz July 10, 2017 at 9:26 pm

nice to see how enthusiatic the guides checked the pictures after the dive…interessing how they see and try to make a good shot of the animals… a lot of talent… good idea to give them cameras and at the end of the competition have a ceremony with big framed printouts and prizes for the first places… motivation pur…the guests will have profit from their experience… thanks to nad for this support

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