Count down to the
Biggest Event of the Ocean in the Asia Pacific…
Underwater Films Festival
- 15 award winners from the World Underwater Pictures Festival
The first Most
Influential Underwater Photographer Shoot Out
Our Ocean Children’s Art
& the finalists – Winning
Photos exhibition and Film screenings
Ocean SOS Forum &
Speakers and Judges
Emory Kristof – National
Geographic Explorer – discoverer of the Titanic
Howard & Michelle Hall –
cinematographers – DEEP SEA & Coral Reef Eden IMAX 3D
Chou Loke Ming PhD -
Professor Department of Biological Sciences, National University of
Mark Erdmann PhD - Senior
Advisor, Indonesia Marine Program
Michael AW – author
Richest Reefs Indonesia, Beneath Bunaken, Ocean Geographic
Mathieu Meur – author
Essential Digital Underwater Photography
Steve Jones – explorer,
Joe Moreira – Editor in
Chief, Ocean Geographic
Evonne Ong – Editor,
Ronny Rengkung –
underwater photographer – Indonesia
Special Guest – Valerie
Taylor, shark expert and conservationist, Australia
Some of the world’s
most renown ocean luminaries, underwater image makers and ocean lovers
will meet in Manado from 23 to 25 September to celebrate at this year’s
‘Celebrate the Sea festival;
significantly manifesting the day to celebrate the sea –
the most important element that sustain all life on earth.
This year’s festival of
international underwater imagery and art competition has received
entries from over 38 countries; Australia, Malaysia, Taiwan, Japan,
United Kingdom, Belgium, Holland, India, Thailand, Sweden, Germany,
Denmark, India, France, Turkey, Denmark, Hong Kong, Spain, Russia,
Singapore, Sweden, Poland, Ukraine, Italy, Austria, South Africa, United
States, and of course the Indonesia. Visitors will be able to feast
their eyes and indulge in some of the finest arts of the sea.
Adding to the highlights
of this year’s activities is the 1st Most Influential
Underwater Photographer shoot out to take place between 19-23 September
- photographers will be shooting in Bunaken Marine Park and Lembeh
Strait - the winning images will be used for education and conservation
of the region.
“Celebrate the Sea
Festival is the most important underwater imaging event of the sea in
the Asia Pacific promoting the heritage of our ocean”, assured Mr Sapta
Nirwanda, Director General. Celebrate the Sea is the biggest underwater
picture festival outside of Europe where the ‘World Festival of
Underwater Pictures’ (Festival Mondial de l'Image Sous Marine) is staged annually in
Marseille, France, now in its 39th year. Celebrate the Sea
festival is seen as the dominant platform to promote conservation,
marine tourism, providing education and entertainment to create a
greater awareness of our ocean environment.
The main venue for the
festival is Sintesa Peninsula Hotel, Manado – the festival shall
comprise of an ocean conservation forum, presentations of film and
photos in competition, underwater film festival, art competition,
seminars by invited luminaries and the Gala Award Ceremony.
In collaboration with the
Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Indonesia, the organiser
OceanNEnvironment looks forward to the biggest and most exciting
festival of the sea ever to be staged in the Asia Pacific.
Master pass packages are
now available for international visitors and local residents with Master
pass package starting from 180,000 IDR
(standard) benefits: 3 days entry to the festival -
entry to underwater film festival, photo exhibition, all highlights
inclusive underwater photography seminars and presentations by Emory
Kristof, Howard and Michelle Hall.
The Premiere Master pass
is comprised of: 3 days entry to the festival - entry to underwater film
festivals, photo exhibitions, all highlights inclusive underwater
photography seminars and presentations by Emory Kristof, Howard and
Michelle Hall plus welcome party, the Gala dinner and award ceremony.
Sintesa Peninsula Hotel
is the official host hotel; accommodation, breakfast and master pass
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forum and conference runs concurrently with the film festival and
selected students of local schools and universities will be invited to
attend this conference at no charge.
The Celebrate the
Sea Festival is a non-profit event funded and produced by
OceanNEnvironment Australia. The partner and principal sponsor for 2011
festival is the Ministry
of Culture and Tourism, Indonesia.
About Celebrate the Sea
Statistically, Celebrate the Sea’s Marine Imagery Festival is the
biggest imaging event of the sea staged in the Asia Pacific. Since 2002
the annual festival previously held in Singapore, Philippines and
Malaysia has attracted entries from over 38 countries. The 2011 festival
is scheduled from 23 to 25 September in Manado.
in association with the World Festival of Underwater Pictures, Marseille
– also known as the ‘Cannes of Underwater Films festival’, the
presenters propose to retain Celebrate the Sea in Indonesia with the
intention of making the city the permanent home of the festival for
three years. This will invariably position Manado as the capital of
underwater imagery in the Asia Pacific.
in its tenth year, Celebrate the Sea Festival promotes the beauty of our
oceans to entertain and inspire, and more importantly, to motivate and
inspire people to take action in preserving our natural environment. The
‘Oscars’ of underwater imagery is the highlight of the Celebrate the Sea
Festival where the winners of the CTS International Underwater Imagery
Competition and the Most Influential Underwater Photographer Shoot Out
competition will be revealed at a gala award ceremony on 25 September.
Along with medals, cash and holiday package prizes, the most coveted
title include cash and holiday prize value at
About the Principal Highlights
International Underwater Imagery Competitions
centrepiece of the Celebrate the Sea Festival has always been its
international imagery competitions and with $35,000 worth of prizes up
for grabs it is the most prestigious underwater imaging competition in
the Asia Pacific. Open to anyone in the world, colour and black and
white photographs, digital images, short video and feature documentary
films, and books, lend truly international flair to this festival. In
2011, the 5000 entries were received from 38 countries.
International Underwater Film Festival
award winning documentary features from the World Underwater Pictures
Festival will be specially brought in for screening through the 3-day
weekend festival. Selected entries from the films in competition will
also be shown.
Seminars and SOS Forum
Celebrate the Sea Festival also includes a 'seminars' and forum
component. Past presenters include international underwater luminaries
Dr Sylvia Earle, Stan Waterman, David Doubilet, Dr Phil Nyutten, Neville
Coleman, Ron & Valerie Taylor, Emory Kristoff and also principal
scientists like Dr Mark Erhmann, Dr Carden Wallace etc.
2011 Emory Kristof of National Geographic is confirmed for the Honorary
President of Festival; Michelle and Howard Hall – celebrated
cinematographer and a host of luminaries are confirmed to attend. The
conference runs concurrently with the film festival and selected
students of local school and university will be invited to attend this
conference at no charge.
finalists for the underwater photography and children's painting
competition will be prominently displayed during the three-day event.
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compete in the “prestigious
Most Influential Underwater Shoot Out
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Lembeh Hills Resort –
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Official Venue and Host Hotel,
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