They call it an underwater video and photo competition. They even give out prizes for the best images in each category. But there's absolutely nothing cutthroat about the Kona Classic, which enters its seventh year in May. This competition is more about celebrating the art of underwater image-making and all the things we love about the sea and its inhabitants. Every year I've seen "competitors" drag other competitors over to show them a particularly cool shot or creature. But mostly I've seen participants grow from not understanding the difference between an f-stop and the proverbial bus stop to winning the grand prize in the competition. I've seen winners come from the point-and-shoot category. And I've seen the joy of someone coming back to the boat with a unique experience to share with their friends and family. The Kona Classic is probably the most unique underwater imaging competition in the world. It is, at its core, an all-access workshop with some of the top pros in the business. You'll be able to dive on the same boat as such renowned underwater image-makers as Marty Snyderman, Doug Perrine, David Fleetham and perennial Kona Classic favorite in the video category Jeff Leicher. You'll dive side by side with them, and they will take you through the basics and advanced concepts of underwater image-making in daily seminars and one-on-one sessions. Access to the pros at the Kona Classic is unparalleled. From shooting mantas at night to capturing the drama of a light-beam-filled cavern, the pros will share a lifetime of knowledge and experience with you. You'll get to dive the best Kona has to offer and make friends for life too. And yes, there are great prizes. If you've ever wanted to take the plunge into underwater photography, this is the place to do it.
May 24th through May 31, 2008
Call 1-877-532-8468 to reserve your space for the Kona Classic Photo Underwater competition now! Car reservations can be made through Sunquest-Hawaii at toll free 800-367-5168.