By Tim Rock
(all photos copyright the owners)
Manta Fest 2011 had some amazing entries this year and they weren’t all manta photos despite the name of our Fest. The judges commended beautiful shots of sea turtles, reef scenics, macro like mandarinfish and goby potraits, lots of reef shark shots and some beautiful sunrises and village dance shots. They were shown to all aboard the Mnuw on Saturday Night, September 10, 2011.
In the end, it is hard to unseat the Judy Bennet with her great photography and fun attitude about diving. Last year’s overall winner was also this year’s top photog and the creator of this year’s Best of Show with her great Grey Reef Shark portrait taken at Vertigo.
Judy Bennett - Shark Face! - Best of Show for Manta Fest 2011
But she had plenty of competition and here’s how it shook out:
Category – Land, Culture and People
Mark Grantham – Yap Sunrise
Audrey Voronin – Coconut Girl
Mark Grantham – Village Weavers
Karen Axelrod – Mnuw Sunrise
Judy Bennett – Stick Dance Girl
First Place Judy Bennett - Stick Dance Girl
Category – Macro
Judy Bennett – Yellow Goby & Shrimp
Audrey Voronin – Mandarinfish Dance
Mike Martini – Clownfish in Anemone
Judy Bennett – Wire Coral Shrimp
Judy Bennett – Spotted Coral Crab
First Place Judy Bennett - Spotted Coral Crab
Shirley DeMan – Open Water Turtle
Shirley DeMan – Giant Puffer
Audrey Voronin – Hawksbill
Judy Bennett – Finger Corals & Boat
Judy Bennett – Anthias and Crinoids
Audrey Voronin – Reef Wave
First Place - Audrey Voronin - Reef Wave
Mantas and/or Sharks
Daniel Flormann – Turning Shark
Mike Martini – Manta Above!
Daniel Flormann – Shark Pair
First Place - Daniel Flormann - Manta Movement
Tons of prizes including a week stay at Manta Ray for the First place winners.
Second Place winners got Tim Rock’s books on either Yap or Micronesia.
Third Place and Honorable Mention got a lot of various Manta Ray Bay and Yap Divers prizes.
And Judy’s Grand Prize was a Mares Icon HD net ready Dive Computer.
This year’s judges were Tim Rock of Double Blue Images/Lonely Planet Author, Marty Snyderman of Marty Snyderman Productions, Frank Schneider of Tauchen Magazine and Ray Bullion Dive Computer Specialist of Los Angeles.
Manta Fest for 2012 will be from August 26th through September 9th, 2012. We hope to see you in YAP!!!