Category Codes and Rules
The Jervis Bay Underwater Shoot-out is effectively a category
competition shot over two days and judged on the third day. The
results and prizes are awarded on the third day. Three categories
are contested, Close Up, Marine life and Wide Angle.
The category codes are:
Any Image taken with a Macro type adaptor or SLR macro lens and fits in with
the macro or close up theme. Close up lenses are acceptable and as a guide
should be restricted to an image no bigger than an A4 size (29.7 x 21.0mm). The
subject must primarily be marine life.
Any Image taken with any lens configuration that constitutes and depicts an
image of Marine life. In other words flora, fauna or other biota is expected. Not
accepted are pictures of divers or part thereof. However may include man-made
objects, example shipwrecks, if they are not the main subject.
Any Image taken with a Wide angle lens which may include the Nikonos 35mm
standard lens. The image can have marine life, divers or both.
Due to the great number of contestants wishing to take part in the competition
and the limited spaces that are on offer. The organizers have opted for the ballot
system. Registration forms and payment (processed only if successful) are
placed in a box and drawn at the Jervis Bay Dive Club meeting by members of
the congregation. The first 18 places are successful and standby places will be
awarded. Every entrant is allowed to place one other person on the registration
form and in this case will constitute two places. Couples or two person teams
can register separately however one could miss-out on a place. A couple or team
entering separately cannot place each other on their respective forms. A couple
or team drawing 18 th place will have to forfeit one place to the standby list. Any
couple or team on standby must wait for two cancellations to enter as a team.
Otherwise allow one person to enter only, the remaining half remains in the same
standby placing. Registrations are due no later than 26th January 2001 (Australia
Day) and ballot for places will be held at the Vincentia Bowling Club on the
Wednesday 31 st January 2001. Notification will take place within a few days.
1. Each competitor is supplied with four rolls of Fuji Velvia film for the purpose of the
competition. Film is not transferable between competitors. Self-supplied film cannot
be used as competition film. The competition film is pre-marked; any film entered
without this mark will be disqualified at the lab before processing and charge to the
competitor. Open to Ametures and all non professional photographers.
2. Competition film for processing must be entered before the times indicated on the
schedule. The schedule is to be determined on the weekend of the competition.
Slide mounts will be supplied, you can supply your own mounts if you wish. Mark
each entry with a contrasting dot on the lower left of the frame, include on the mount
your name and category entered. Each contestant can enter a maximum of two (2)
images per category. Please label the category entered, example Close Up #1 or
Marine life #2. All film and slides remains the property of the competitor however a
selection of competition entries will be withheld after judging for publication of results
and will be returned. Some entries may be used by Ocean Trek for shoot-out
3. To be eligible for the major prize all categories must be entered. However, other
major prizes will be awarded to individual efforts within each category. All prizes are
awarded at the discretion of the judges.
4. In camera double exposures are permitted, slow speed blurring, or any other "in
camera effect is also permitted, " if in doubt ask. Post masking or any other post
cropping, marking or alteration is not allowed.
5. Unnecessary harm or harassment of marine life is not permitted. Any picture
depicting harassment may be disqualified. Any competitor seen to deliberately
harass or harm marine life can lead to a disqualification.
6. The dive location is to the discretion of the skipper and subject to weather conditions.
Requests for specific location are encouraged.
7. Under no circumstances will anyone dive alone, the boat crew will supervise safety
procedures, the boat rules and decisions must be adhered to.
8. Judges reserve the right to question any image and may do so during judging if they
deem it necessary. The judges also reserve the right to identify the photographer
who's image is in question and may either discuss the matter via an arbitrator or
direct with if the photographer if the photographer desires so.
9. If a competitor experiences equipment failures or problems, they can seek the
assistance of the judges and other competitors. Equipment problems, sickness or
self inflicted impairments that may prevent a person from competing is the sole
predicament and responsibility of the competitor and no responsibility will be placed
on the organisers or other competitors.
10. Competitors are forbidden to take performance-enhancing drugs during the event.
With the exception of performance enhancing Nitrox. Any competitor who is under
the influence of enriched air should indicate to the other divers of their intent to stay
longer at the best depths by holding one hand up to the forehead in the shape of an
11. Don't take rule number ten too seriously.
12. Loosen up, stay cool, and have fun.
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