Mantafest 2010 Photo Contest Winners

The Manta Fest ended with the judging of the photo contest and Manta Man Bill Acker giving out some pretty great awards. Judges were Andy Sallmon, Tim Rock, Ray Bullion and Peter Schneider and they saw some images sublime and other ridiculous. But one thing was clear by the submissions. Everyone had great diving and a great time. The judges enjoyed a variety of images and were amazed that many of the nicest shots came from simple point-and-shoot cameras.

The grand prize went to four-time Manta Fest attendee Judy Bennett of New Orleans with her divers and clownfish image. She used a Nikon D200 camera in and Aquatica housing with Nikon strobes to garner winners in two categories. This honor her a great new dive computer from Ray, a free week with diving at Manta Ray and lots of other stuff.

So start gearing up now for 2011 and more great prizes.

The winners of the photo competition were:

Land/Culture

Honorable Mention: Diana Bullion

3rd Place: Judy Bennett

2nd Place: Joe Penna

1st Place: Doris Robohm

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Reef Scenic

Honorable Mention: Judy Bennett

3rd Place: Doris Robohm

2nd Place: Diana Bullion

1st Place: Judy Bennett

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Behavior

Honorable Mention: Doris Robohm

3rd Place: Diana Bullion

2nd Place: Michael Martini

1st Place: Michael Martini

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Macro

Honorable Mention: Judy Bennett

3rd Place: Doris Robohm

2nd Place: Michael Martini

1st Place: Judy Bennett

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Mantas/Sharks

Honorable Mention: Joe Penna

3rd Place: Judy Bennett

2nd Place: Joe Penna

1st Place: Doris Robohm

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Grand Prize

Grand Prize: Judy Bennett

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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
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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.
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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
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