Manta Fest 2012 Official Results

Frank Schneider, Marty Snyderman, Bill Acker, Ray Bullion and Masa Michishiro,  your 2012 Manta Fest presenters and event host handed out the prizes and awards to the top photographers of this year’s event. The task wasn’t easy, there were a lot of outstanding photo submissions but this is how it all finally shook down.

Manta Fest 2012 Presenters with Bill Acker

Winner, Best of Show

Anke Rorbach, Manta Fest 2012 winner, Best of Show Anke Rohrbach was presented with the best of show contest winning photograph of Yap’s grey reef sharks at Vertigo.

This is the the photograph that was selected as the contest winner, taken at a shark feed dive on the Philippine Sea reef.

The prize was a 16 day liveaboard trip with Dive Damai and is worth more than $10,000. When you win Bill’s photography contest, you get something special.

In this case it’s a dive cruise that’s never been done before, sailing and diving from Indonesia through all of Micronesia winding up back in Yap. Anke will be living in luxury on a carte blanche ticket with a boutique sailing operation diving some of the most treasured waters there are in the Pacific. Manta Fest 2012 Best of Show Anke Rorbach, Yap Sharks at Vertigo

First Place DSLR, Ken Sutherland

Ken’s photo of a flatworm free swimming in the water column delivered first place in DSLR and he received a new Mares Icon HD dive air-integrated dive computer, handed to him by Stefan Michl himself.

Manta Fest First Place Ken Sutherland in DSLR

Second Place DSLR, Uwe Nie

Second Place Manta Fest Winner UweThe photographers were allowed to submit their photos that fell into a few content categories.

  • Big Animals
  • Macro
  • People and Culture
  • Reef Scenics

This is a photo of the private Manta Ray Bay beach on Maap.

During the week, it wasn’t just dive boats rolling off the dock, there were land tours, kayak tours and the standard “what would you like to do” Manta Ray Bay policy.

There was some birding action, fruit bat photo excursions, hikes, beach tours and yap-size road trips around the island’s cultural spots.

Uwe won second place with his photo of tropical paradise and won a week hotel and dive package back at Manta Ray Bay.

He titled the photo “Relaxed”, which is one of the keywords thrown around when talking about the energy here in Yap.

His photo about sums it up…


Third Place DSLR, Judy Bennett

This was definitely one of the favorite photographs of the event, Judy was shooting black tip reef sharks circling at the surface of the Vertigo shark feed dive. The judging was looking for content, technical aspects, presentation as well as post-production attributes when scoring these images.

Manta Fest 2012 Third Place Judy Bennett

Point and Shoot Winners

Borris Mitchell won first place with a cultural photo entry of Yap stone money. Another Mares Icon HD was handed out by Stefan for the point and shoot first place pic.

Point and Shoot First Place Photo, Borris Mitchell

second place manta fest 2012 point and shoot photo
Michael Martini’s Macro shot of a wire corral goby awarded him a full board week long package return trip to Manta Ray.

Diane Bullion third place manta fest 2012 point and shoot
Diana Bullion won third place with her Manta photo from Stammtisch and received a Henderson Aqua Lock wetsuit.

Get Involved

This is a uniquely fun event for all levels of divers photographers and where pro photography, world class warm water diving and cool people from around the world enjoy the vacation pace and unmistakable relaxed atmosphere that Yap and Bill Acker provide. Mares will be a big part of Manta Fest 2013 and you can count on a custom grand prize that you won’t find anywhere else.

Manta Fest 2012 Party on the Mnuw

Several of the participants didn’t leave the property without already reserving their spot for next year. Now is a good time to lock in your presence at the 2013 Manta Fest party in Yap.



Availability & Reservations

Jim Reilly
Jim Reilly
11:27 21 Mar 18
We stayed at the hotel and dove with Manta Ray divers in early December 2017. The hotel is very comfortable, well run and staffed with wonderful employees. During our visit my wife came down with an illness and the consideration and support from the hotel and dive staff could not have been more
Sandy Stinson
Sandy Stinson
16:03 03 Mar 18
The staff couldn't be more friendly and accommodating. Food is good, (worth upgrading to include all meals). Diving is good more
Alex Divinsky
Alex Divinsky
17:24 01 Jan 18
The best place to stay in Yap. The resort is really nice and clean, the scuba diving is great, and the docked ship that houses the bar, restaurant, and movie screen is very cool. I really enjoyed my stay more
10:44 01 Jan 18
Offers one of the best accommodation service. It also has a uniquely designed restaurant.
Yi-Hsin Lin
Yi-Hsin Lin
00:53 21 Feb 17
The whole place centers around the scuba diving operation. Probably better to find somewhere else if you're not a diver. The dive operation was generally good, but a little too laid back - schedules weren't always clear, and sometimes would change without any notice. Sometimes it was hard to tell if this was really because of changing tides/weather or because of the island pace of life. Pizza is a surprisingly good option at the more
William Myers
William Myers
21:01 21 Jul 18
Great hotel. Have stayed twice.
Emily Caquelin
Emily Caquelin
04:10 02 Aug 18
Manta Ray Bay Resort is a great dive resort with extremely hospitable staff.
Daniel Granzer
Daniel Granzer
11:40 23 Aug 18
We were from 11.08 to 18.08 at the Manta Ray Bay resort and had unforgettable days there 😍In total we made 12 dives with wonderful encounters. Highlights were, of course, the manta rays in the Goofnuw Channel and many white tip reef sharks in the Shark City 🦈 But also we saw eagle rays, turtles 🐢 and buffalo head parrotfish. The hotel is beautiful and the whole team does a great job there. The food on the ship Mnuw, as well as the home-brewed beer are excellent. Thank you again to the whole team of Manta Ray Bay Resort and Yap Divers 👏🏼We also did a one-day land tour to explore the many beautiful places of this unique island. The beach is like in paradise🏝, stone money and relics from the second world war very worth to see! You find there also culturally typical houses with different meaning and use! It would be nice if more visitors would come to this great island and appreciate the great work that is done there! Anyway, we really enjoyed it and would come back anytime 🙏🏻✌🏼read more
Jonathan Gapith
Jonathan Gapith
10:31 19 Sep 18
Best dive resort around, amazingly friendly staff and great food on the mnuw
Rene Sten
Rene Sten
04:06 12 Oct 18
Bill and his family run a great dive resort, rooms are spacious and comfortable. Restaurant and bar provide good range of food and drink. Bill and his dive guides know the reef intimately and the diving is spectacular. Bill and his family make for a very friendly and rewarding experience in more
Ms. Malinda
Ms. Malinda
13:52 14 Oct 18
Great place to stay while visiting the island. Lots of activities to do with places to see & people to more
Jan Toman
Jan Toman
22:14 02 Nov 18
Great! GREAT! GREAT! Lovely place, lovely staff, great location for divers!
Deb Roy-Stothart
Deb Roy-Stothart
13:55 06 Dec 18
The highest level of dive service ever experienced! Fabulous dive operation from crew, boats, snacks, hot tea and water, warm towels etc. etc. and of course the Manta Rays!! Thank you for making my 100th dive so memorable. Accommodations 5 star! Food was fabulous! Can't say enough about this beautiful Island and it's people. Loved Yap! Deb & Glenn, London, Ontarioread more
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