Count down to the Biggest Event of the Ocean in the Asia Pacific…
Celebrate the Sea Festival 2011 Indonesia 
23—25 September, Sintesa Peninsula Hotel, Manado

 

Highlights
International Underwater Imagery Competition
Underwater Films Festival - 15 award winners from the World Underwater Pictures Festival
The first Most Influential Underwater Photographer Shoot Out
Our Ocean Children’s Art Competition Final
& the finalists – Winning Photos exhibition and Film screenings
Ocean Forum & Seminars

Speakers and Judges attending:
Emory Kristof – National Geographic Explorer – discoverer of the Titanic
Howard & Michelle Hall – cinematographers – DEEP SEA & Coral Reef Eden IMAX 3D
Chou Loke Ming PhD - Professor Department of Biological Sciences, National University of Singapore.
Mark Erdmann PhD - Senior Advisor, Indonesia Marine Program
Michael AW – author Richest Reefs Indonesia, Beneath Bunaken, Ocean Geographic
Mathieu Meur – author Essential Digital Underwater Photography
Steve Jones – explorer, underwater photojournalist
Joe Moreira – Editor in Chief, Ocean Geographic
Ronny Rengkung – underwater photographer – Indonesia

Special Guest – Valerie Taylor, shark expert and conservationist, Australia

Some of the world’s most renown ocean luminaries, underwater image makers and ocean lovers will meet in Manado from 23 to 25 September to celebrate at this year’s ‘Celebrate the Sea festival; significantly manifesting the day to celebrate the sea – the most important element that sustain all life on earth.

This year’s festival of international underwater imagery and art competition has received entries from over 38 countries; Australia, Malaysia, Taiwan, Japan, United Kingdom, Belgium, Holland, India, Thailand, Sweden, Germany, Denmark, India, France, Turkey, Denmark, Hong Kong, Spain, Russia, Singapore, Sweden, Poland, Ukraine, Italy, Austria, South Africa, United States, and of course the Indonesia. Visitors will be able to feast their eyes and indulge in some of the finest arts of the sea.

Adding to the highlights of this year’s activities is the 1st Most Influential Underwater Photographer shoot out to take place between 19-23 September - photographers will be shooting in Bunaken Marine Park and Lembeh Strait - the winning images will be used for education and conservation of the region. 

“Celebrate the Sea Festival is the most important underwater imaging event of the sea in the Asia Pacific promoting the heritage of our ocean”, assured Mr Sapta Nirwanda, Director General.  Celebrate the Sea is the biggest underwater picture festival outside of Europe where  the ‘World Festival of Underwater Pictures’ (Festival Mondial de l'Image Sous Marine) is staged annually in Marseille, France, now in its 39th year.  Celebrate the Sea festival is seen as the dominant platform to promote conservation, marine tourism, providing education and entertainment to create a greater awareness of our ocean environment.

The main venue for the festival is Sintesa Peninsula Hotel, Manado – the festival shall comprise of an ocean conservation forum, presentations of film and photos in competition, underwater film festival, art competition, seminars by invited luminaries and the Gala Award Ceremony.


In collaboration with the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Indonesia, the organiser OceanNEnvironment looks forward to the biggest and most exciting festival of the sea ever to be staged in the Asia Pacific.

Master pass packages are now available for international visitors and local residents with Master pass package starting from 170,000 IDR

Master pass(standard) benefits: 3 days entry to the festival - entry to underwater film festival, photo exhibition, all highlights inclusive underwater photography seminars and presentations by Emory Kristof, Howard and Michelle Hall.

The Premiere Master pass is comprised of: 3 days entry to the festival - entry to underwater film festivals, photo exhibitions, all highlights inclusive underwater photography seminars and presentations by Emory Kristof, Howard and Michelle Hall plus welcome party, the Gala dinner and award ceremony.

Sintesa Peninsula Hotel is the official host hotel; accommodation, breakfast and master pass packages available. For more information www.CelebratetheSea.com or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Pictures for Press – download link

The forum and conference runs concurrently with the film festival and selected students of local schools and universities will be invited to attend this conference at no charge.  

The Celebrate the Sea Festival is a non-profit event funded and produced by OceanNEnvironment Australia. The partner and principal sponsor for 2011 festival is the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Indonesia.
    
       
About Celebrate the Sea
Statistically, Celebrate the Sea’s Marine Imagery Festival is the biggest imaging event of the sea staged in the Asia Pacific. Since 2002 the annual festival previously held in Singapore, Philippines and Malaysia has attracted entries from over 38 countries. The 2011 festival is scheduled from 23 to 25 September in Manado.

Held in association with the World Festival of Underwater Pictures, Marseille – also known as the ‘Cannes of Underwater Films festival’, the presenters propose to retain Celebrate the Sea in Indonesia with the intention of making the city the permanent home of the festival for three years. This will invariably position Manado as the capital of underwater imagery in the Asia Pacific.

Now in its tenth year, Celebrate the Sea Festival promotes the beauty of our oceans to entertain and inspire, and more importantly, to motivate and inspire people to take action in preserving our natural environment. The ‘Oscars’ of underwater imagery is the highlight of the Celebrate the Sea Festival where the winners of the CTS International Underwater Imagery Competition and the Most Influential Underwater Photographer Shoot Out competition will be revealed at a gala award ceremony on 25 September. Along with medals, cash and holiday package prizes, the most coveted title include cash and holiday prize value at US$5000.


About the Principal Highlights
International Underwater Imagery Competitions
The centrepiece of the Celebrate the Sea Festival has always been its international imagery competitions and with $35,000 worth of prizes up for grabs it is the most prestigious underwater imaging competition in the Asia Pacific. Open to anyone in the world, colour and black and white photographs, digital images, short video and feature documentary films, and books, lend truly international flair to this festival. In 2011, the 5000 entries were received from 38 countries. 

International Underwater Film Festival
15 award winning documentary features from the World Underwater Pictures Festival will be specially brought in for screening through the 3-day weekend festival. Selected entries from the films in competition will also be shown.

Seminars and Preserving Our Seas Forum
The Celebrate the Sea Festival also includes a 'seminars' and forum component. Past presenters include international underwater luminaries Dr Sylvia Earle, Stan Waterman, David Doubilet, Dr Phil Nyutten, Neville Coleman, Ron & Valerie Taylor, Emory Kristoff and also principal scientists like Dr Mark Erhmann, Dr Carden Wallace etc.

For 2011 Emory Kristof of National Geographic is confirmed for the Honorary President of Festival; Michelle and Howard Hall – celebrated cinematographer and a host of luminaries are confirmed to attend. The conference runs concurrently with the film festival and selected students of local school and university will be invited to attend this conference at no charge.  

Photographic Galleries:
The finalists for the underwater photography and children's painting competition will be prominently displayed during the three-day event.

For more information contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. www.celebratethesea.com