Manta Fest… And the Winners Are:

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

Honorable Mention

Mark Grantham – Yap Sunrise
Audrey Voronin – Coconut Girl

Third Place

Mark Grantham – Village Weavers

Second Place

Karen Axelrod – Mnuw Sunrise

First Place

Judy Bennett – Stick Dance Girl

First Place Judy Bennett - Stick Dance Girl

Category – Macro

Honorable Mention

Judy Bennett – Yellow Goby & Shrimp
Audrey Voronin – Mandarinfish Dance

Third Place

Mike Martini – Clownfish in Anemone

Second Place

Judy Bennett – Wire Coral Shrimp

First Place

Judy Bennett – Spotted Coral Crab

First Place Judy Bennett - Spotted Coral Crab

Reef Scenics

Honorable Mention

Shirley DeMan – Open Water Turtle
Shirley DeMan – Giant Puffer
Audrey Voronin – Hawksbill

Third Place

Judy Bennett – Finger Corals & Boat

Second Place

Judy Bennett – Anthias and Crinoids

First Place

Audrey Voronin – Reef Wave

First Place - Audrey Voronin - Reef Wave

Mantas and/or Sharks

Honorable Mention

Daniel Flormann – Turning Shark

Third Place

Mike Martini – Manta Above!

Second Place

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!!!

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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 better.read 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 too.read 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 here.read more
ASALI
ASALI
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 restaurant.read 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 Yap.read 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 meet.read more
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